Zac Robinson, PhD, FRCGS

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
zac.robinson@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8912
Address
4-409 Van Vliet Complex - West
8831 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9

Overview

About

Education
2007 Ph.D. University of Alberta, Edmonton (Physical Education and Recreation)
2001 M.A. Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)
1999 B.A. (Hons) Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)

Employment
2017 - present  Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta
2011 - 2017  Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta
2010 - 2011  Postdoctoral Fellowship (Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation), History & Classics, University of Alberta
2008 - 2010  Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC), History & Classics, University of Alberta

Service Roles
2019 - present  Vice Chair, Expeditions Committee, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
2018 - present  Co-Editor, State of the Mountains Report, The Alpine Club of Canada
2014 - present  Vice President (Mountain Culture), National Board of Directors, The Alpine Club of Canada
2012 - present  Co-Chair, Thinking Mountains, Triennial Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Summit (2012, 2015, 2018)
2009 - 2014      Vice President (Activities), National Board of Directors, The Alpine Club of Canada

Awards and Recognition
2018     Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
2018     Provost's Teaching Unit Award, University of Alberta Awards for Teaching Excellence 
2018     Early Undergraduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta 


Research

My research interests pertain generally to the cultural and social histories of the Rocky and Columbia Mountains of Canada with a specific interest in mountaineering, travel writing, postcolonialism and tourism. My essays have appeared in numerous collections and journals, including Sport History Review, International Journal for the History of Sport, the Canadian Alpine Journal, Canadian Rockies Annual, and Alpinist. I'm the editor of Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 (University of Alberta Press, 2014), and I am presently collaborating with Dr. Stephen Slemon (English and Film Studies, UAlberta) on a monograph concerning early climbing history in the Rockies funded through the SSHRC Insight Program.


Teaching

Recent Teaching Assignments

"Mountains 101" (uab.ca/mountains), a twelve-lesson Massive Open Online Course, which launched January 2017. A new cohort begins each month. 

INT D 280 The Mountain World: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies - since 2014

INT D 282 Mountain Backcountry Field Skills - since 2014

KSRLS 563 Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism - since 2017


Courses

EAS 428 - Directed Study II

Continuation of EAS 427. Prerequisite: EAS 427.May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic is repeated. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2021
INT D 280 - The Mountain World: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies

An interdisciplinary study of the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments. Content includes the physical (glaciers, climate, geology, etc.), biological (flora, fauna, ecology, etc.), physiological (human bodies at altitude, performance, sport, etc.), and cultural (societies, literature's, histories, etc.) dimensions of these unique regions, as well as a critical analysis of the processes of change and influence shaping local and regional mountain environments around the globe, past and present. (Offered jointly by the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and the Faculty of Science) [Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation]

Winter Term 2022
KIN 497 - Selected Topics in Kinesiology and Sport

A course offered on a topic of current interest in kinesiology and sport. Topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty.

Fall Term 2021

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