W.I.L.D. Semester Director
P 978 867 4893
B.A. Wheaton College
M.A. Wheaton College
PhD Trinity International University
Scott has been hiking and camping all his life. He grew up roaming the bush as a missionary kid in Kenya, hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim with his family, climbing 14ers in Colorado, and at camp at Deerfoot Lodge in the Adirondacks. At Wheaton Scott was a Christian Education major focusing on residential camp as well as wilderness ministry. Scott went on to lead wilderness trips and train staff at Wheaton's HoneyRock Camp for several summers before eventually coordinating the Masters program in Leadership and Camp Ministry.
One of Scott's passions and the focus of his research is how to use outdoor experiential education to facilitate spiritual growth. He loves to travel and help outdoor ministries contextualize their programs to meet the needs of their community and culture.
Valerie J. Gin
Recreation, Sport and Wellness
P 978 867 4337
B.S. Greenville College
M.S. Eastern Illinois University
Ed.D. Boston University
After coaching collegiate volleyball and softball for thirteen years, Dr. Gin continues her love and interest in sport through researching and writing in sport ethics. She enjoys researching with students and creating engaging interactive class projects. Dr. Gin is an active member of the International Sport Coalition and a lecturer at the International Sport Leadership Schools in Stellenbosch South Africa and Chennai India. She, along with Recreation and Leisure Studies alumni, are contributors to www.wired4sport.com, a website community promoting the value of, integrity in, and love of sport.
Nathan J. Hausman, M.A.
Director of La Vida's Adirondack Expeditions
W.I.L.D. Semester Faculty
P 978 867 4887
B.A. Gordon College
M.A. Wheaton College
Camp Ministry and Leadership Certificate
Nate has over twelve years of full-time experience in the wilderness education field and has been involved with the Gordon College La Vida program since 1997. As Director of La Vida’s Adirondack program, Nate spends his summers in upstate New York at La Vida’s 75-acre base camp property outside of Lake Placid. In this role, he recruits, hires and trains roughly 40 part-time staff per year, oversees the management of the base camp property and is in charge of all budgeting, marketing and administration. In addition to La Vida responsibilities, Nate also teaches within the W.I.L.D. Semester and the PE department (running class). Nate is certified as a Wilderness Education Association instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder. He maintains active membership with the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the Wilderness Education Association. While not at work, Nate loves spending time with his black Lab, Colden (named for his favorite peak in the ADK’s), running marathons (three-time Boston Marathon qualifier) and fellowshipping with members of his church (Union Congregational in Magnolia).