Thomas Mackey

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education

Portrait Tommy Mackey, faculty member
Office:Wheeler Hall 312
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Telephone:715-682-1315

Biography

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

Background

A sizable portion of my free time is spent working on my partner's organic diversified vegetable farm and maintaining our property. I also play hurling and gaelic football for clubs in the northeast during summer seasons. I advocate for a free Palestine, a united Ireland, and the return of native land.

Courses

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

Research

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.

Interests

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.