Thomas Mackey he/him/his

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education

Portrait Tommy Mackey, faculty member
Office:312 Wheeler Hall
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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
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Food Studies, Syracuse University
MEd in Urban Science Instruction, Boston College
BA Colgate University


I am from New York City but spent most of my adult life in the treaty-defined Onondaga Nation (part of "upstate" New York). I am very excited to be part of the Ashland community, a resident of the Lake Superior watershed, and an ally to Objiwe Land. I am motivated by human relationships to places, especially in support of anti-colonialism, equitable migration, and community sustainability. I advocate for a free Palestine, a united Ireland, and the return of native land.


OED 385: Urban Outdoor Education
OED 279: Access and Diversity in Outdoor Education
OED 489: Advanced Topics in Diversity and Inclusion in Outdoor Education
OED 261: Foundations of Environmental Education
OED 228: Wilderness Writers and Philosophers
OED 265: Teaching and Facilitation Skills
OED 361: Interpretive Planning and Design
OED 365: Advanced Teaching Techniques


I am an active member of the Wisconsin Associate of Environmental Education (WAEE) and serve on their Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. I enjoy talking to people about the robust professional networks in environmental education. Please feel free to reach out!


A sizable portion of my free time is spent working with my partner, who is a diversified vegetable farmer. I enjoy both playing and spectating sports. I play hurling and gaelic football for clubs in the twin cities and the northeast during summer seasons.