Recreation and Tourism Management

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Jose Gonzalez

Dr. Gonzalez
Assistant Professor
Office location:
RE 267


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 fieldwork 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.

He is an avid hiker and has hiked the Sierras, more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, Caribbean volcanos, waterfalls in Costa Rica and Torres del Paine, Chile among others. As a sailor, he has sailed in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico, USVIs, BVIs, Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.  He still maintains his 50 gross tons USCG Captain's License.

Research interests:

Outdoor instructors' and adventure guides' career paths

POC in the outdoor industry

Community resilience in Puerto Rico's outdoor industry