Faculty & Staff

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Zac Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor

Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

EDUCATION
2007 Ph.D. University of Alberta, Edmonton (Physical Education and Recreation)

2001 M.A. Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)

1999 B.A. (Hons) Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)


EMPLOYMENT (ACADEMIC & ADMINISTRATIVE)

2017 - present  Associate Professor, Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta

2011 - 2017  Assistant Professor, Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta

2010 - 2011  Postdoctoral Fellowship (Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation), History & Classics, University of Alberta

2008 - 2010  Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC), History & Classics, University of Alberta


SERVICE ROLES

2017 - present  Co-Editor, Canadian State of the Mountains Report, The Alpine Club of Canada

2015  Co-Chair, Thinking Mountains: Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference, Jasper

2014 - present  Vice President (Mountain Culture), National Board of Directors, The Alpine Club of Canada

2012  Co-Chair, Thinking Mountains: Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference, Edmonton

2009 - 2014  Vice President (Activities), National Board of Directors, The Alpine Club of Canada


Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests pertain generally to the cultural and social histories of the Rocky and Columbia Mountains of Canada with a specific interest in mountaineering, travel writing, postcolonialism and tourism. My essays have appeared in numerous collections and journals, including Sport History Review, International Journal for the History of Sport, the Canadian Alpine Journal, Canadian Rockies Annual, and Alpinist. I'm the editor of Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 (University of Alberta Press, 2014), and I am presently collaborating with Dr. Stephen Slemon (English and Film Studies, UAlberta) on a monograph concerning early climbing history in the Rockies funded through the SSHRC Insight Program.


Teaching

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES (Recent)

"Mountains 101" (uab.ca/mountains), a twelve-lesson Massive Open Online Course, which launched January 2017 

INT D 280 The Mountain World: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies - since 2014

INT D 282 Mountain Backcountry Field Skills - since 2014

PERLS 563 Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism - since 2017