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About Joshua W.R. Baur

Dr. Baur is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science and Recreation at San Jose State University. In addition to research and scholarship, he teaches courses in research and evaluation, and facility planning and management. Baur is currently the coordinator for the Recreation and Recreation Management undergraduate programs at SJSU, and has a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University. 
Dr. Baur's research focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Baur's study of human ecology occurs primarily in the context of urban and developed settings, looking specifically at recreation and leisure behavior of urban and city dwellers, and the relationship urban people have with the natural surroundings in and around developed areas.
Baur has investigated the relationship city dwellers have with small scale (5 acres or less) city green spaces, public attitudes about city parks, the impacts time spent in nature settings has on physical and psychological wellbeing, the influence of green spaces on sense of community, and public attitudes and perceptions about urban forest ecosystem services. Baur is also looking at the social and ecological impacts of homelessness on national forest lands.
Among other research areas Baur is developing, he is especially interested in exploring how time spent in natural spaces within developed areas impacts spiritual wellness.

Positions

September 2014 - Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Health Science and Recreation
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August 2012 - Present Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Principal Investigator, Oregon State University ‐ Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2016 Adventure Crew: Richmond Rangers Program
East Bay Regional Park District
Role: Principal Investigator
$24,000
2016 San Jose State University A.S. Community Garden Project
SJSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Infusion (RSCA) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$5,000
2015 Identifying Trends in Landscape Preferences among Homeless and Non-Recreational Campers
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Role: Principal Investigator
$14,000
2015 Linking People and Landscapes: Using Public Perceptions of Urban Forestry Services to Create New Management Strategies – Conference travel (ISSRM 2015)
San Jose State University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Program Funds
Colleague(s): Dr. Joanne F. Tynon
$2,287
2012 Homelessness and Non-Recreational Camping on National Forests and Grasslands
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Role: Principal Investigator
$20,000
2010 Linking People and Landscapes: Using Public Perceptions of Urban Forestry Services to Create New Management Strategies
U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry
Western Competitive Grant
Colleague(s): Dr. Joanne F. Tynon
$270,763
2009 Impacts of USFS Fire Policy on Recreation Opportunities.
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research
Colleague(s): Dr. Joanne F. Tynon
$18,500
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Co-Chair, SJSU Sustainability Committee
2016 - Present Faculty Supervisor, Health Science and Recreation Convocation Committee
2015 - Present Recreation Program Coordinator, Department of Health Science and Recreation, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
2013 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Landscape & Urban Planning
2011 - Present Chair, OSU Masters of Natural Resources Distance Learning Degree program
2016 - 2017 Member, San Jose State University Sustainability Board
2016 Member, College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Center for Applied Research on Human Services Committee
2015 - 2016 Member, College of Applied Sciences and Arts Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED)
2011 - 2015 Member, Thesis Committee - Kim Greene
2011 - 2015 Member, Thesis Committee - Molly Pattison
2014 Reviewer, Leisure Research Symposium Abstracts for 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition
2013 Reviewer, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
2013 Reviewer, Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium Proceedings
2012 - 2013 Member, Planning Committee, 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Conference
2011 Reviewer, Human Ecology Review
2011 Member, Planning Committee - 2011 Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Student Research Symposium
2011 Graduate student representative, Search committee for Forest Ecosystems and Society department head
2011 Chair, Student contingent of faculty promotion and tenure committee, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society
2010 - 2011 College of Forestry Representative, Coalition of Graduate Employees (Local 6069), Oregon State University
2008 External Reviewer, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Social Science Graduate Fellowship
  • 2010 College of Forestry Graduate Fellowship
  • 2009 Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Social Science Graduate Fellowship
  • 2009 Cascade Fire Interface Fellowship, Oregon State University
  • 2007 John Lind Ching Memorial Fellowship, Oregon State University
  • 2007 Alfred W. Moltke Fellowship, Oregon State University
  • 2006 Rackham Graduate School Discretionary Funds, University of Michigan

Education

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2012 Ph.D., Oregon State University ‐ Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
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2007 M.S., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ‐ School of Natural Resources and Environment
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1993 B.A., University of California - San Diego ‐ Anthropology
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Refereed Publications/Articles (8)

Abstracts/Proceedings (5)

Non-Referred Publications/Articles (3)

Presentations (18)