Dr. González is an Assistant Professor in the Recreation and Tourism Department. He has been an adventurer and educator his whole life. Dr. González started his career in outdoor education working for Guajataka Boy Scout Reservation in Puerto Rico in 1989. There he led 5-day backpacking trips, taught several classes including first aid, navigation, wilderness survival and in 1991, after the construction of a new 6-element challenge course, he became a facilitator for several years. After that, Dr. González split his time between New Hampshire, Maine and the Caribbean. While in New England he facilitated for several programs including the Dartmouth Outdoor Programs, University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Thompson Island Outward Bound and Hurricane Island Outward Bound. In 2002, he created Aire Libre in Puerto Rico to fulfill the need for outdoor education on the island and to support the Outward Bound Caribbean Semester program.
Dr. González continues his field work teaching SUP Instructor Certification courses for the American Canoe Association and Wilderness Medicine courses for NOLS. His teaching and research interests focus on outdoor instructors' career paths and development, as well as People of Color in the outdoor industry. As a research consultant, Dr. González offers outdoor programs' safety reviews and root cause analysis.
- Ed.D. 2011, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
- M.S. 2001, Aurora University
- B.S. 1998, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
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