Ethan Billingsley is the program lead and an instructor for the Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism. Ethan is an alumnus of Warner College – earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism and his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He served as director of undergraduate programs in the college from 2008-2018.
Prior to joining CSU, Ethan worked as both an educator and guide in various capacities. He has led single and multi-day whitewater rafting trips for the last 20 years and is currently a certified raft and stand up paddleboard guide in the state of Colorado. He has climbed all 58 of the Colorado’s 14,000ft mountains and led many CSU groups to those summits as well. He also spent 7 years working in summer camps and outdoor education centers where he gained considerable experience in group dynamics and leadership. Additional experience has included work as a rock-climbing instructor, backpacking guide, and sea-kayaking naturalist. Ethan loves learning about the ecology of an area as much as he likes adventuring in it. In his free time, Ethan loves spending as much time as he can with his wife and two sons in the outdoors.
My research and teaching passion focuses on the relationship between adventure, self-awareness, and personal purpose. Through travel and adventure, individuals are exposed to something bigger than oneself, often resulting in introspection, self-awareness, and expanded worldview. This personal clarity can serve as a calling for individuals to define and live a life in alignment with their personal values. It is my hope that this greater sense of purpose will result in individuals who build lives and organizations that do both well and good. Individuals that ultimately build and lead sustainable organizations that create profit for shareholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom they interact.
Seth is the Director of CSU’s Mountain Campus, a 1,600 acre remote site for undergraduate natural resource experiential field programs, K-12 outdoor and environmental education, a challenge ropes course program, and a conference center. In addition to being an instructor in the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate program, Seth has also co-taught classes in conservation and natural resource leadership, outdoor skills, and guest lectured in event and conference planning and nature-based tourism courses.
His background in adventure tourism, outdoor education, and leadership includes positions as a program director, expedition leader, seasonal instructor, challenge ropes course facilitator, and resident director for a semester education abroad program in Belize. Seth has co-led CSU expeditions to the Andes Mountains of Argentina, and leads family adventure travel trips to the CSU Todos Santos Center in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He earned his B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from CSU, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) with a focus on Conservation Leadership.
In addition to spending quality time with his family, Seth pursues mountain climbing, backpacking, and trail running, and enjoys reading non-fiction tales of adventure, exploration, and travel.