About Faculty


Kirky Kirkendall

Program Leader: Kristine "Kirky" Kirkendall

Kristine Kirkendall, or Kirky, is passionate about exploring and adventuring! Having worked in Recreation at SjSU since 2007, it has been her life's work to bring introduce individuals and groups to sustainable, conservation work with activity. Kirky has taught the Hiking and Backpacking class for over three years and loves to get out for some "dirt time" locally and abroad. She has also work for over ten years with a travel company, Backroads, which is an international adventure travel company. It is exciting to see how people of all kinds can come together and bond around active travel.

This FLP to Costa Rica is the perfect blend of her passions! There will be activity, travel, learning, and fun!


Email: kristine.kirkendall@sjsu.edu


Bill SpainProgram Leader: William Spain

William Spain has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Utah State University and has worked extensively both with academic institutions and in the private sector. Dr. Spain has prepared environmental reports and studies for Sonoma County Regional Parks, the East Bay Regional Park District the City of Claremont, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, and Utah State Parks among others. He concurrently works as an instructor in the San Jose State University Department of Health Science and Recreation where he teaches several courses related to park and recreation management. He has served as an international trip leader as well as a whitewater raft guide in Utah and Colorado.


Email: william.spain@sjsu.edu