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Laura Alexeichik

Assistant Professor & Chair, Department of Sport, Recreation, & Wellness; Director of Wilderness Adventures

  • 585-567-9254 ext #2540
  • Equestrian, Sport, Recreation, & Wellness
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 Education

  • Ph.D., Indiana University (2015)
  • M.Ed., Westminster College (2008)
  • B.S., Houghton College (2001)

Courses Taught 

  • Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Horsemanship I and II
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Fitness for Life
  • Leisure, Work and Society

Professional Experience/Achievements 

  • Assistant Professor of Recreation
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (2015-present)
  • Charles Hartsoe Fellow
    National Recreation Foundation, Bloomington IN (2013-2015)
  • Associate Instructor
    Indiana University, Bloomington IN (2012-2015)
  • Project Assistant
    Indiana University Eppley Research Institute, Bloomington IN (Fall 2012)
  • Camp Director (Summers)
    Houghton College Equestrian Camp, Houghton NY (2011-present)
  • Youth Enrichment Senior Manager
    Accord Corporation Youth Services Division, Belfast NY (2010-2012)
  • Adjunct Faculty of Recreation and Equestrian Studies
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (Jan. 2010-May 2010)
  • Assistant Professor of Recreation and Equestrian Studies
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (Aug. 2011-May 2012)
  • Instructor
    16-Day Coastal Kayak course, Georgian Bay, Canada (May 2011, June 2010)
  • Adjunct Instructor
    Westminster College, New Wilmington PA (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)
  • Director
    Titan Traverse Leadership Development Program, New Wilmington PA (2005-2009)

Research Interests 

  •          Cultural Geography
  •          Humanities GIS
  •          International Tourism
  •          Perspective Transformation
  •          Place Attachment

Presentations

  • “’I Came Back Different’: A Narrative Analysis of Change and Transformation in the Desert Wilderness of Oman.” 2014 Adventure Conference. Fjord, Sogndal, Norway. Nov. 2014.
  • “Transcendent Experiences and Settings: The Role of Activity and Setting in Experiential Education.” Alexeichik, L.D. et. al. Association for Experiential Education International Conference. Chattanooga, TN. 2014.
  • “Considering the Aspect of Reentry in a Non-Traditional Semester-long Off-Campus Program.” 2014 Adventure Research Symposium. Bloomington, IN. 2014.
  • “The Space Between: using Liminality in Adventure Tourism to Consider Identity, Risk, & Reentry.” 2013 Adventure Conference. Isle of Sky, Scotland UK. 2013.
  • “Leading and Facilitating Group Discussion in the Classroom.” Doctoral seminar: Higher Education in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. Bloomington, IN. 2013.
  • “If You Really Knew Me.” Alexeichik, L.D. & Frawley, E.H. Accord Corporation: Youth Summit. Allegany County High Schools, NY. 2013.
  • “Using Liminality in Adventure Education.” Doctoral seminar: Leisure Behavior Poster presentation.  Bloomington, IN. 2012.
  • “Shalom Through Play and Spiritual Development in Adventure Education.” Alexeichik, L.D. & Jennings-Martin, J. Summer Institute, Master’s in Higher Education faculty and students. Geneva College, PA. 2008.
  • “Why Adventure Education?” Alexeichik, L.D. & Jennings-Martin, J. Summer Institute: Coalition for Christian Outreach Staff. Geneva College, PA. 2008.
  • “Consider Judgment and Decision-Making for Instructors during Long-Term Expedition Experiences.” Alexeichik, L.D. et. al. CCO Outdoor Leadership Team Staff Training Institute. Ligonier, PA. 2006.
  • “Leave No Trace: Stewardship in the woods.” 2006 Christian Wilderness Leaders Coalition Conference. Montreat, NC. 2006.
  • Various Class Speaking Engagements and Trainings. Houghton College, Indiana University, and Westminster College. 2005-2014.