Thomas Mackey

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education

Portrait Tommy Mackey, faculty member
Office:Wheeler Hall 312
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD in Environmental Education and Interpretation, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
MEd in Urban Science Instruction, Boston College
BA Colgate University


I'm an educator by trade. My background spans formal and non-formal contexts but has always centered the relationships among nature, history, and culture.


OED 261: Foundations of Environmental Education
OED 279: Access and Diversity in Outdoor Education
OED 365: Advanced Teaching Techniques
OED 385: Urban Outdoor Education
OED 489: Advanced Topics in Diversity and Inclusion in Outdoor Education


I study the practice and theory of place-based education from anti-oppressive, social justice, and decolonizing perspectives. I tend to focus on urban contexts of education but critique norms of geography that contrast cities and urban communities from pristine wilderness. My research informs the broader practice of place-based education as well as my own instruction here at Northland.


A sizable portion of my free time is spent working on my partner's organic diversified vegetable farm. I enjoy both playing and spectating sports. I play hurling and gaelic football for clubs in the northeast during summer seasons.