- Study Abroad
Tonia Gray, Ph.D., has a wealth of experience leading students, particularly in outdoor education. Her degrees include a B.Ed. (with distinction) in health and physical education, an M.A. in community health, and a Ph.D. in outdoor/experiential education. She has focused on varied aspects of education, including burnout in the teaching profession and differential gender outcomes in experiential programs. IIn addition to her role as director, she is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. With over 30 years in outdoor and experiential education, she received an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. In 2009, Dr. Gray received the highest teaching award at the university: The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning. She was also awarded a Citation for Contribution to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for: "Engaging students in life-altering learning experiences, providing an enduring role model for scholarly activity in Outdoor Education, and building an internationally recognized innovative program." She is an ideal facilitator for study abroad students with sporting and outdoor interests.