Faculty & Staff
MSOEE Program Director
Steve Rubinstein is the Director of APU’s Graduate Program in Outdoor and Environmental Education. He received his M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, a B.S. in Psychology from Guilford College and a Certificate of Outdoor Leadership from Seljord Fork College. Steve has extensive experience in the field teaching and directing programs since 1987, including his work as Faculty and Program Director in Outdoor Education at MT Hood Community College in Oregon, Program Director at Northwest Earth Institute and Education Coordinator & Asst. Director at Northwest Service Academy.
Michael Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, where he has worked since 2008. At APU, he teaches widely in the graduate and undergraduate programs, including snowboarding in the winter, paddling sports in the summer, and research methods throughout the school year. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. He holds a M.A (Interdisciplinary Studies, philosophy and education) from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a B.A. (anthropology) from Reed College.
Eeva Latosuo is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University. Originally from Finland, she graduated with M.Sc in Environmental Studies from University of Helsinki, but considers National Outdoor Leadership School her outdoor alma mater, as Eeva worked for NOLS seasonally for five years. At APU she teaches climbing and mountaineering courses and a variety of undergraduate classroom classes such as Risk Management, Recreation and Public Lands and Advanced Topics in Outdoor Leadership. Her main passion is teaching snow science and researching snow and avalanches, including collaboration with a few MSOEE students on their thesis research.
Sophia May is the Program Coordinator for the Kellogg F.I.E.L.D. School. She received her M.S. in Natural Science Education from the University of Wyoming, a certificate in Place-Based Teaching and Environmental Science Practices from the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools, and a B.S. in Peace Studies from the College of Saint Benedict. Born and raised near Fairbanks, Sophia is a passionate educator, a lively outdoor enthusiast, and can imagine no classroom better than Alaska.
Paul Twardock is a Professor of Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, where he has worked since 1988. He is the author of Kayaking and Camping in Prince William Sound and founded the Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium. At APU he teaches the graduate class Outdoor and Environmental Education Literacy, and a variety of undergraduate classes including Sea Kayaking, Recreation Program Design, Nordic Skiing, The Business of Recreation, and Wildland Ecosystems and Human Impacts. Paul received his BS in Outdoor Recreation from Western Illinois University, went to work instructing for the National Outdoor Leadership School (where he still occasionally instructs), then received his MBA from APU. Paul’s research includes continuous monitoring of campsites in Prince William Sound, trail use in Chugach State Park, and the Alaska Recreational Boating Safety Incident Database.