Karl E. Johnson

Lead Facilitator, Emeritus Director of Cornell Team & Leadership Center

Karl E. Johnson, former Director of the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, has taught COE courses in hiking, backpacking, bicycle touring, basic mountaineering, and trail maintenance. He designed Cornell's Hoffman Challenge Course, and has served as a trainer, consultant, and expert witness in the outdoor education field. He is the proud namesake of two local facilities—a yurt on Mt Pleasant, in recognition of 20 years of service to Cornell Outdoor Education, and the Karl Johnson Privy in Danby State Forest, in recognition of service to the Cayuga Trails Club.

Karl received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell's Department of Natural Resources and has guest lectured in the departments of Education, Natural Resources, and Applied Economics and Management at Cornell. Karl was recognized as a 1999 Academy of Leisure Sciences Future Scholar and has received several writing awards, including the 2014 Literary Award of the Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. His interests include human relations with the natural landscape, from wilderness to urban environs, and his publications on related topics have appeared in Journal of Experiential Education, Leisure/Loisir, and in popular publications such as Books & Culture, Taproot, and New York State Conservationist. He currently serves as a chaplain to the Cornell student body.