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David-Mcgivern

Associate Professor of Outdoor Studies
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• M.A. Literature and History, University of Alaska Anchorage
• B.A. History, University of Alaska Anchorage

David has been an outdoor educator for thirty years. During the seventies and early eighties he worked for the Voyageur, Pacific Crest, and British Columbia Outward Bound Schools. In 1982 he moved to Alaska. Since then he has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Alaska Mountaineering School, and beginning in 1998, Alaska Pacific University, where he teaches outdoor classes in leadership and climbing, and indoor classes in environmental ethics, natural history interpretation, and public land recreation.

“In 2004 I was granted a one year sabbatical from the University. I bought a van, packed up my bicycle, and left Alaska for the year. Along the way I bought a Sonny PD 170, remote audio gear, lights, and an editing system. I studied digital film making at the Denver Art Institute and then began filming interviews with interpretive rangers around the country. In the West, I camped along empty roads. In the East, I parked in old church lots and the occasional Wal-Mart. One year and forty thousand miles later, I was back in Alaska. Of all the experiences I had, this stands out: every park professional I asked agreed to an on camera interview.”

Since returning from sabbatical David has made a series of short films about the students at APU. He shows clips from his NPS interview collection in class and is working on a larger documentary that explores the relationship between race and NPS audience.

David plays the violin with the Faculty Band, guides during the summer for Alaska Alpine Adventures. He is the author of “This is Mine: An Environmental History of Crow Creek.” In 2002, David received the Faculty Merit Award for teaching.