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Sera Janson Zegre

Coordinator for Research | Campus Recreation

Sera is a native of Western Colorado and an alumna of The George Washington and Oregon State Universities. Her work history in the recreation field began in high school as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and evolved into a decade of work as a river ranger, wilderness ranger, whitewater river guide, and whitewater kayak instructor. She has also worked for the Bureau of Land Management as an outdoor recreation planner in the national rivers and trails programs.

Sera is a social scientist and educator with a background in public land management, natural resource policy and law, and asset-based community planning. She offers expertise in issues related to outdoor recreation and natural resources, including: outdoor recreation and tourism, social science research methods, education and interpretation, community visioning and planning, environmental behavior, natural resource economics, and brownfields/ community development.

Sera began teaching on the collegiate level in 2006 as a graduate teaching assistant at Oregon State in various Parks and Recreation classes. She has been teaching as an adjunct professor at West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. She has taught various classes in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism since 2011, and coordinated a regional wildland fire training academy. Her primary teaching interest is Social Research Methods in Natural Resource Management.

Sera currently serves as the research coordinator for Campus Recreation for West Virginia University, using social research methods and analysis to facilitate strategic and informed program management and decision-making. She also serves as the President of the City of Morgantown’s Board of Recreation Commissioners, of which she’s been a member since 2013. She is challenged and inspired by her two young children.

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