Deana Acklin
  • Deana Acklin
  • Adjunct Instructor of Outdoor Recreation Management, Campus Bicycle Coordinator

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  • Office: School of Business Offices (Pinnacle Inn)
  • Department: Academics


BS, Lees-McRae College

Common Courses Taught

League of American Bicyclists: Smart Cycling Complete Certification

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I am on a mission to get people moving two wheels at a time. I am dedicated to connecting people with the simple joy of riding a bicycle for one’s personal health, to encourage discovery, and as a way to bring people together. My goal is to empower individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to allow people the opportunity to choose a bicycle as an environmentally friendly option for commuting.

I have completed several bicycling mechanics courses at the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon, including Introduction to Bicycle Mechanics for Women, Professional Repair and Shop Operation, and Advanced Mechanics. I am also a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) through The League of American Bicyclists.

I returned to Lees-McRae by way of Montgomery, Alabama, where I was devoted to the advancement of all facets of bicycling. I advocated for safety, awareness, and education. I have served on Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees at the city and state level. In this advisory role, I educated government officials on needed cycling improvements and raised money for cycling infrastructure in key locations throughout Montgomery. I have also represented Alabama and North Carolina at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

When not teaching, I can be found leading cross-country bicycle tours alongside a talented team of cyclists at America by Bicycle, Inc.

I had the honor of sharing my bicycling journey in the report, The Surprising Promise of Bicycling in America (Walljasper, 2017), in a segment on bicycling improving health as one of 12 reasons bicycling will continue to flourish.

Personal Interests

I have ridden a bicycle since the age of five while recovering from open-heart surgery, to benefit my own health and gain the confidence to challenge my body. As an adult, riding a bicycle has allowed me to continue to pedal toward my best self. My love of biking has enabled my  to travel and explore the United States and Europe, and to genuinely connect with my community and the environment.

When I'm not pedaling, you may find me knee-deep fly fishing in one of the local streams, getting lost on the hiking trails, snowboarding, or just simply relaxing in a hammock by the creek.