BHSU professor to speak on outdoor research project at October Celebrating Accomplishments

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, October 2, 2014/Categories: 2014

Dr. Chris McCart, assistant professor of outdoor education at Black Hills State University, will be featured at the Celebrating Accomplishment series, from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 29 in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall, room 202.

McCart&rsquos topic is "Exploring Outdoor Ethics Through the Lens of the Four Component Model: A Mixed Methods Study." Celebrating Accomplishments is a series on campus showcasing dissertation research of BHSU faculty who have recently completed their doctorates.

"This is both a celebration and an opportunity for faculty to share their research findings," said Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU. "We hope attendees will value the chance to celebrate colleagues&rsquo accomplishments and will learn something useful about other disciplines at Black Hills State University."

McCart&rsquos research topic explored ethical decision making by outdoor recreationists.

"Participation in outdoor recreation is increasing. So is recreational impact," McCart said. "People have been studying ethics and how we treat other people for a long time. However, only recently has there been interest in studying our ethical relationship with the land."

McCart added that because of increased outdoor recreation, it&rsquos important that individuals understand how to respect the land to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the outdoors. Her research looked at how people make decisions regarding treatment of the outdoors.

McCart said there are four components in ethical decision making. They include recognizing an ethical situation exists, utilizing judgment to decide what action to take, being motivated to take action and having the character to follow through with that action.

"Knowing the good does not mean that an outdoor recreationist will do the good," McCart said. "It&rsquos a complex process involving both thinking and emotions."

Simpson said that McCart&rsquos work with outdoor education at BHSU has been monumental.

"Dr. McCart is highly valued as a faculty member in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences," Simpson said. "She received the 2013-2014 Faculty Award for service from our college. She gives her time and talents freely."

In addition to teaching, McCart is involved in Project SELECT hosting teambuilding and ropes courses and the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program where she holds activities including canoe trips and outdoor cooking demonstrations. She has assisted with Kids&rsquo Fishing Day at Iron Creek Lake and the Fifth Grade Science Day in the canyon, among many other events. In addition, McCart serves on the School of Behavioral Sciences Internship Committee and both the Sustainability Committee and Chiesman Committee at the University level.

The next Celebrating Accomplishments will be on Nov. 14. Dr. David Berberick, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will speak on "Examining Alternative Music Programs in Public Schools."

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