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Teaching Philosophy

From the classroom, to online, to field base courses, the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism provides an instructor with a variety of teaching opportunities.  In most of these instances, I have attempted to integrate different pedagogical approaches, this includes experiential education, technology, invited guest speakers, and integrating, where possible, community-service learning (CSL). Through CSL, students meet with various community leaders and stakeholders, expand their worldviews, and apply their knowledge to studies in the field, promoting independence and a truly unique educational experience. In each case, student groups work closely with organisations and/or the communities to develop research projects that are locally beneficial.  Some of these examples include a:

  • A collaborative project conducted with the Keepers of Anemki Wajiw and by students in OUTD 3715 (Aboriginal Tourism now Indigenous Tourism) which developed a draft code of conduct that ORPT students, faculty and staff can abide by, when traveling on the traditional territory of the Fort William First Nation.  
  • Working with the Red Rock Indian Band (RRIB) on a multitude of projects like examining tourism potentials like trails, discussing parks and protected areas, and sense of place studies.

 Courses Currently Instructed:

Research Interests: 

Parks management, wildlife management, trail management, last chance tourism, indigenous tourism, battlefield tourism

Refereed publications

Lemelin, R.H. (2019). Entomotourism and the stingless bees of Mexico. Journal of Ecotourism.
DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2019.1615074.

Lemelin, R.H., Boileau, E., & Russell, C. (2019). Entomotourism: The Allure of the Arthropod. Society and Animals Special Issue - The Silent Majority: Invertebrates in Animal Studies. 27, 733-750.

Lemelin, R.H., & Jaramillo, P. (2019). Orange, Black and a Little Bit of White is the New Shade of Conservation: The Role of Tourism in Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Mexico. Journal of Ecotourism. DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2019.1656726.

Lemelin, R.H., Beaulieu, M., Ratz, D. (2019). "Everything Changed!" - The Ramification of the Second World War on the Canadian North. Special Issue "The Future of Polar Tourism", Journal of Tourism Futures. ISSN: 2055-5911

Lemelin, R.H., Dampier, J., Harper, R., Balika, D., & Bowles, R. (2017). Perceptions of Insects: A Visual Analysis. Animals & Society. 25(6), 553-572. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341469.

Lemelin, R.H., Shruiff, S., Sampson, C., Anderson, C., Anderson, S., Danahy, J., Kolasa, Z., Vantil, K., Plows, M., Smith, S., & MacDougall, W. (2016). Videography and student engagement: The potentials of battlefield tourism. Historical Encounters, 3(11). Available online:

Lemelin, R.H., Harper, R., Dampier, J., Bowles, R., & Balika, D. (2016). Humans, insects and their interaction: a multi-faceted analysis. Animal Studies Journal, 5(1), 65-79. Available online:

Hvenegaard, G.T., Marshall, H., & Lemelin, R.H. (2016). Hot interpretation of controversial topics at Batoche National Historic Site, Saskatchewan, Canada. Journal of Interpretation Research, 21(2), 47-64.

Dampier, J., Shahi, C., Lemelin, R.H., & Luckai, N. (2016). Assessment of potential local and regional induced economic impact of an energy policy change in rural Northwestern Ontario. Energy, Sustainability and Society. DOI: 10.1186/s13705-016-0079-7

Smith, P., Golden, D., Audet, C., & Lemelin, R.H. (2016). Collaborative Research with First Nations in Northern Ontario: The Process and Methodology. Journal of Canadian Studies, 36(1), 81-105.


Lemelin, R.H. (Ed). (2013). The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Müller, D.M., Lundmark, L., & Lemelin, R.H. (Eds.). (2013). New Issues in Polar Tourism: Communities, Environments, Politics. Springer, New York, NY.

Lemelin, R.H., Maher, P., & Liggett, D. (Eds.). (2013). From Talk to Action: How Tourism Is Changing The Polar Regions. Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University: Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Lemelin R.H., Dawson, J., Stewart, E. (Eds.). (2012). Last-Chance Tourism: Adapting Tourism Opportunities in a Changing World. Routledge, New York, NY.