Dr. Stuhr joined the faculty in Fall 2008. He has over 15 years of experience working within the field of sport pedagogy. He teaches courses related to adventure-based learning (ABL) and physical education methods. His research focuses on K-16 student learning outcomes associated with ABL curricular, lived-positive emotionality, and contemplative pedagogical strategies.
Dr. Stuhr currently has focused his research line on reflective practices within an adventure-based learning (ABL) curriculum. ABL consists of highly structured physical activities with periods of reflection (i.e., debrief) that help promote personal and social development of the participants who take part in the experiential experiences. ABL has been primarily used in physical education to help students develop intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, yet the versatility of this curriculum and its focus on enhancing social skills makes it excellent content for any program looking to enhance participant relationship skills (e.g., building community, cooperation, communication, trust, and problem solving). Dr. Stuhr has collaborated with several local, non-profit community groups (including K-12 schools) on how to deliver this content in an effort to promote social skills. ABL curriculum has been shown to promote supportive learning communities and social-emotional learning (SEL) for children at the K-12 school level. Yet, our knowledge and complete understanding of how to best deliver this curriculum is limited, reflected by a paucity of research in the literature.