Aram Attarian
  • Aram Attarian
  • Adjunct Instructor of Outdoor Recreation Management

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


PhD, University of Oregon

Common Courses Taught

Outdoor Risk Management

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Dr. Aram Attarian recently retired from North Carolina State University where he taught in both the Department of Health and Exercise Studies and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His 30 years of teaching and research focused on adventure education and the human dimensions of outdoor recreation. He is co-editor of Technical Skills in Adventure Programming: A Curriculum Guide (Human Kinetics, 2009) and author of Risk Management in Outdoor and Adventure Programs: Scenarios of Accidents, Incidents, & Misadventures (Human Kinetics, 2012), and is an Associate Editor for Accidents in North American Climbing.

While at NCSU he received numerous teaching awards, including the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award (2013-2014). In 2014 Outward Bound USA awarded him the John McGrory Award, presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to enhance the safety of Outward Bound programs. Aram was a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award (2015) and presented to outstanding North Carolinians.

Aram was recently recognized as an Outdoor Legend by the Lees McRae College Outdoor Recreation Management Program in 2017.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

Aram is currently serving as an Outdoor Legend in Residence for Outdoor Recreation Management serving as an industry expert and research specialist.

Personal Interests

Aram was an Instructor at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and currently serves on the School’s Board of Directors and Chairs the Safety Committee. He also serves on the Safety Committee of the Board for Outward Bound USA, and the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team BOD.