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Paul Tame

Paul Tame

Senior Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education


Ph.D (in-progress), Prescott College
M.A., University of New England at Armidale, 1990
B.A., University of Western Sydney, Australia, 1988


How did you discover Western?

I was working for Outward Bound in Utah as a Basecamp director and had interns that were attending Western in the Recreation and Outdoor Leadership program. I was so impressed with their industry knowledge, their field-based skills and their leadership capacity, that in the back of my mind, I had earmarked that school as a potential recruiting resource for instructors for the next season. I was later offered a faculty position at Western and due to my prior positive experience with Western students, was excited to join the department to prepare future leaders in the outdoor industry.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I have been fortunate enough to travel the world working in the outdoor industry (nine countries and counting), so the connections that I have been able to share and cultivate have been able to inform my classroom teaching and scope of my professional outreach.

What most excites you about your field?

That the outdoor industry is recognized as a major economic, social, cultural and leadership developer. As our pace of life continues to become more and more hectic, as stress levels increase and health continues to decrease, I feel that the outdoor industry provides an essential resource to help people re-connect and escape from the daily grind and find freedom in recreation and adventure.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

Being surrounded by positive people, by public land and the access we have to wild space certainly ranks highly in my regard for the valley.

Courses Taught

  • ROE 182: Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education
  • ROE 189: Principles of Outdoor Recreation
  • ROE 240: Alternative Programming
  • ROE 283: Leadership and Facilitation
  • ROE 295: Snow-Based Education
  • ROE 296: Land-Based Education
  • ROE 320: Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • ROE 351: Inquiry into Sustainability
  • ROE 364: Entrepreneurship & Commercial Recreation
  • ROE 398: Program Planning
  • ROE 468: Leadership & Administration of Outdoor Pursuits
  • Colorado Outdoor Recreation Expedition
  • ESS 450: Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings
  • BUAD 363: Business and the Environment


The number of activities to pursue in Gunnison is (at times) overwhelming. Certainly since moving to Western, mountain biking and tele-skiing have fueled my passion for both sports. Trying to keep up with the locals and students is certainly challenging and keeps me from becoming complacent (as well as keeping me humble). Being able to combine backcountry skiing and accessing terrain over 12,000 feet within a 35-minute drive from home is one of the most exciting aspects of living in the valley.

Favorite Quote

“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.” —Arnold Toynbee

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