Ta Loeffler

As a professor of outdoor recreation in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, I have developed a reputation for excellence in experiential education because my students are more likely to be outside following compass bearings than sitting in a classroom.

My teaching and research focus on outdoor education, nature, leadership, gender and sport. Over the past six years, through a series of engagement projects, I have shared my message of "Big Dreams, Big Goals" with over 33,000 youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ta Loeffler


Personal Profile

Dr. TA Loeffler, BA Prescott College, MS Mankato State, PhD Minnesota

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
  • 3M National Teaching Fellowship, 2008
  • Minnesota State University Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008
  • Association of Experiential Education Karl Rhonke Creativity Award, 2007
  • Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award, 2006
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005




The role of nature in health and physical activity
The phenomenology of the outdoor experience
Women's participation in outdoor leadership and physical activity


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