Semester in the Parks

Semester in the Parks Program Faculty and Staff

Dr. Briget Eastep

Dr. Briget Eastep

Dr. Briget Eastep, Director of the Outdoor Engagement Center and SIP Field Instructor, has a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Recreation Management from the University of Utah. She has been teaching and leading in the outdoors since 1991 when she was a Ranger at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. Since then she has taught and led for the Student Conservation Association, St. Cloud State University Outdoor Education Minor, University of Utah’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the Wilderness Education Association, SUU’s Outdoor Rec Program. She has over 500 days of leading backcountry excursions: backpacking, hiking, rafting, climbing, winter backpacking, backcountry conservation work, and canyoneering. In her current position, she oversees Semester in the Parks, Tbird Outdoor Connection, SUU’s Mountain Center, and the IIC - placing over 200 interns each year in public lands throughout the color country region.


Anne Smith

Anne Smith

Anne Smith serves as a SIP Instructor, both in the field as well as for the Core Courses. With years of experience in outdoor recreation in higher education, including creating and establishing many of the major outdoor recreation related programs and facilities at SUU, Anne has always enjoyed working with students, faculty, staff and the public sharing her love of the natural world. She has worked extensively with public land partners, including the National Park Service, BLM, US Forest Service, Utah State Parks and Division of Wildlife. She also enjoys taking students to Africa on Study Abroad experiences. Anne is currently assisting in outdoor project development at Southern Utah University as the Outdoor Engagement Center Special Projects Coordinator. She also serves as an instructor in the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) Degree Program. Anne holds an M.A. degree from Brigham Young University in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation.


Dr. Kelly Goonan

Dr. Kelly Goonan

Dr. Kelly Goonan is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism at SUU. She has been a faculty member with Semester in the Parks since 2016, and serves as the Academic Coordinator for 2019. Dr. Goonan has a Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. A self-described “hybrid recreation ecologist/recreation social scientist,” her expertise is in the management of outdoor recreation in parks and protected areas. In addition to her involvement in SIP, she also teaches courses in the SUU Honors Program, leads Partners in the Parks projects, and collaborates with community partners to provide engaged learning opportunities for students.