Lauren Jacobs

Lauren JacobsLecturer in Outdoor Leadership

106 Lengyel Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469

Bio: Lauren Jacobs is a lecturer in outdoor leadership with the College of Education and Human Development at University of Maine. She coordinates the outdoor leadership concentration and minor within KPE. Prior to coming to UMaine, Lauren worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years helping increase outdoor sport opportunities and access for Maine children. She also taught physical education in a PreK-8 school. Lauren is a registered Maine Guide, certified paddling and cross-country ski instructor, and a registered yoga instructor. Her master’s thesis research investigated the way Maine elementary schools decide when students may go outside for recess and physical education classes.

Doctoral Candidate, Interdisciplinary Ph.D., University of Maine
M.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education, 2017, University of Maine
B.A. in English, 2007, Bates College

Courses taught at UMaine

  • KPE 262: Methods of Teaching Physical Activity
  • KPE 265: Outdoor and Adventure Activities
  • KPE 280: Introduction to Paddling Instruction and Safety
  • KPE 311: Advanced Methods of Instructing Outdoor Activities
  • KPE 396: Outdoor Leadership Field Experience
  • KPE 411: Ethics and Social Justice in Outdoor Leadership

Sample publications

  • Jacobs, L.E., Lehnhard, R., Nightingale, C. & Hansen, A. (2019) What is “Too Cold,” Anyway? Recess and Physical Education Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools. Maine Policy Review. (in print)
  • Abildso, C.G., Umstattd Meyer, M.R., Daily, S.M., Edwards, M.B., Jacobs, L., McClendon, M.E., Perry, C.K. & Roemmich, J.N. (2019, February). Environmental factors associated with physical activity in rural US counties. Oral presentation at the Active Living Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Jacobs, L.E. (2017). “An Investigation of the In-Practice Development and Implementation of Recess and PE Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools.” Electronic Theses and Dissertations.