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Paul Miller - Director, Office of Outdoor Experiential Education 

Contact: pmiller2@luc.edu 773-508-2158 

Paul is an educator at heart—one who uses the outdoors as a context for instruction. He is excited to serve as the founding director of Ramble Outdoors and to lead the Loyola University community towards connecting urban students with the wilderness in meaningful ways. Paul most recently comes from Baylor University where he completed his Masters of Educational Administration in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He is originally from the east coast where he began his career in experiential education as a university challenge course facilitator. His other full-time job is being the father of three. In his "free" time, he enjoys running, cycling, playing with his giant dog Moses, mountaineering, and reading great books.

Certifications, Trainings, and Organizational Memberships:

  • SOLO, Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness Education Association, Certified Outdoor Leader
  • Association for Challenge Course Technology, Challenge Course Manager 
  • American Canoe Association, Swift Water Rescue Trained
  • American Canoe Association, L3 Costal Kayak Instructor 
  • American Canoe Association, L3 River Canoe Instructor 
  • Core Communication Training
  • CCO Working With Groups Seminar
  • Member of WEA, ACCT, LNT, AMGA, AEE, AORE, and NASPA

Chris Zajchowski - Coordinator, Office of Outdoor Experiential Education 

Contact: czajchowski@luc.edu 773-508-2143 

Chris is passionate about the transformative process experiential learning and outdoor pursuits engenders. He is thrilled to have landed at Loyola University, and for the opportunity to assist Ramble Outdoors partners to connect their experiences on the challenge course and in the backcountry with their everyday lives. Chris began a pursuing a career in experiential education as a student at Colby College, where he was heavily involved in student outdoor orientation trips, outings, and interdisciplinary studies. Since his undergraduate experience he has worked as a field science instructor, group dynamics facilitator, and river guide. He most recently completed his Masters in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In his spare time, Chris enjoys backcountry skiing, grilling, and good company.

Certifications, Trainings, and Organizational Memberships:

  • SOLO, Wilderness First Responder
  • Association for Challenge Course Technology, Level 2 Facilitator
  • American Canoe Association, Swift Water Rescue Training
  • Mad River Boat Trips, Guide School
  • American Avalanche Institute, Level 2
  • Member of AEE, ACCT, AAA, AAC, ACA, 10th Mountain Division Association


Departmental Email: outdoors@luc.edu 


Graduate Assistant, Challenge Course Training and Development 

Full Description: Graduate Assistant, Challenge Course Training and Development PDF 

We seek a student who wants to develop skills, knowledge, and abilities related to supervision, group facilitation, risk management, program development, and student mentorship. This position provides first-hand experience working in a high-output, dynamic student development office located at an urban institution. The successful graduate assistant will be able to balance tasks, responsibilities, deadlines, and relationships. Additionally, the graduate assistant needs to be flexible, reliable, empathetic, comfortable working in the unknown, a team-player, reflective, and open to change. Overall, the successful candidate will embrace holistic education and enjoy working closely with students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: 

• Oversee weekend program delivery on Loyola’s Challenge Course
• Design and assess intentional, challenge course programming for Loyola partners
• Assist with facilitator skills trainings, assessments, weekly meetings, and in-service events
• Assist with the on-going development of challenge course policies, procedures, and manuals
• Chair the Campus Recreation Advisory Board of Student Employees 

Qualifications (Education/ Experience): 

• Acceptance into a Loyola University Chicago Graduate School
• An appreciation of Jesuit transformative education
• Genuine interest in gaining experience and knowledge in the field of Outdoor Experiential Education
• Demonstrated leadership ability and desire to work with college students
• Excellent organizational skills and able to work independently
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to supervise others and work in a dynamic, changing and diverse environment
• Willingness to work nights, weekends, and extended period during August training

Please click below to download the full position description. 

Full Description: Graduate Assistant, Challenge Course Training and Development PDF 

Please note the following important deadlines: 

Monday, November 4, 2013 – Online Assistantship application system opens
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – Higher Education Program M.Ed. application deadline
Wednesday January 22, 2014 (4:00 PM, CST) – Student Development Graduate Assistantship application deadline.
Monday, February 24, 2014 – On-Campus Interviews for invited candidates

More information and a list of other assistantships can be found at LUC.edu/studentdevelopment/assistantships/positions/





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