UNH Recognizes Michael Gass for International Excellence
Professor of Kinesiology Michael Gass is the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in International Engagement Award. For over 20 years, Gass has worked all over the world with children in Africa orphaned by AIDS, adolescent boys in Australia, and psychotherapists in Taiwan, to name a few. He has been praised for his ability to communicate across different cultures, customs, and languages. He currently is working with scholars on six continents of the world to advance adventure therapy practices. He is the director of research for both the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Consortium and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (natsap.org). His current research includes examining the program effectiveness of adventure therapy with at-risk and vulnerable youth Gulf War soldiers and coordinating and funding with Dr. Anita Tucker (UNH Department of Social Work) the UNH Adventure Therapy Research Consortium, which is made up of 15 undergraduate and graduate students who have designed their own research projects.
Gass is a founding member of The Browne Center, an educational training and experiential learning facility that has hosted literally thousands of youth, student, and professional groups. Gass came to UNH thirty years ago from Towson University in Maryland and quickly set about creating an outdoor education program that is touted as the best-regarded and most comprehensive in the world. He is also the current Editor if the Journal for Therapeutic Schools and Programs, published by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.
This prestigious International Excellence Award celebrates a UNH faculty member's exceptional contribution of international issues on a global scale. Faculty, department chairs, directors, and deans are invited to submit nominations in December of each academic year. Following review by the Faculty Awards Committee, finalists are selected and additional supporting documents are solicited. After further consideration, the committee sends its recommendations to the Provost for the final selection. Read more >>
Gass with young readers in an orphanage outside of Moshi, Tanzania
Hsiao-Chi Peng (now a student enrolled in UNH's dual degree master's program in outdoor education and social work) and Michael Gass on Mt. Jade (Yushan) in Taiwan