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Eric Boggs

Senior Instructor I

Affiliations: Management, Oregon MBA, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 541-346-4659
Office: Lillis 464



Wilderness expeditions lead Eric Boggs to his career in teaching and the discipline of leadership. Through backpacking and sea kayaking adventures in remote corners of the world, ranging from Arctic Scandinavia to Chilean Patagonia, Boggs discovered the incredible transformation of individuals and teams capable of resilience, community-building and great achievements. These powerful experiences catalyzed his passion for teaching and fascination with leadership development.

Boggs has worked in the field of leadership development for 20 years in contexts ranging from outdoor adventures, working on trail crews with adjudicated youth, teaching high school, and designing and facilitating corporate leadership workshops for companies like Google, Avamere, and the Technology Association of Oregon.

Why leadership: "The simple answer is that the subject itself matters—to our lives, to the growth of our knowledge, to the success (or failure) of our political institutions, and to our every effort collectively to promote the public good. Leadership failures are not simply curiosities or idle personal tragedies; they can produce catastrophic consequences for millions of people. Modern technology increases the scale and multiplies the risks of leadership failure. These evident disasters add a sense of urgency for efforts to improve our collective skills as leaders and followers." —David Frohnmayer

Degree History:
  • MS, Geography, University of Oregon, 2011
  • MA, Education, Pacific University, 2009
  • BA, Environmental Studies, Lewis & Clark College, 2001
Previous Positions:
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
  • Adjunct Instructor, Family and Human Services, University of Oregon
  • Senior Faculty, National Outdoor Leadership School, University of Utah
  • Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, Holden Center for Leadership, University of Oregon
Professional Leadership:
  • Director, Otter, Oak & Oar
  • Faculty, NextGen Leadership Academent, Google Marketing
  • Storytelling Fellow, Association for Experiential Education
  • Non-Profit President, Cascadia Wave
Honors and Awards:
  • COVID-19 Online Teaching Award
  • Provost's Teaching Academy Fellow
  • Communities Accelerating the Impact of Teaching Fellow
  • Sustainability Teaching Fellow

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Areas of Expertise

  • Experiential learning
  • Leadership development
  • Resilient leadership
  • Outdoor education and wilderness leadership development
  • Social impact, responsibility, and entrepreneurship

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Current Projects


  • Resilient Leadership Workshop Series, Technology Association of Oregon
  • Expedition Influence Adventure, Next Generation of Marketing Leaders, Google Marketing
  • Expedition Leadership, Communications and Public Relations, Google Communications
  • Expedition Mindset Adventure, YouTube Marketing

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Blog Posts:

Boggs, Eric. "Teaching Leadership through Storytelling." National Outdoor Leadership School.

July 2017


  • "Storytelling and Resilient Leadership," Association for Experiential Education
  • "Risk, Reflection, and Leadership Storytelling," Wilderness Risk Management Conference
  • "The Geography of Leadership," Association for Experiential Education

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In the News

Mike Brewer, chief operating officer for Crate and Barrel, shared insights with our undergraduate business honors program—and he brought along head UO football coach Dan Lanning.
In lieu of their usual local, face-to-face consultancy experiences, this year Business Honors students made virtual connections in Brazil.
Business Honors program students and alumni assembled via Zoom to reconnect, network, and talk about the impact of distance learning and working during a pandemic.
When it came to delivering engaging coursework virtually, Lundquist College faculty and staff didn’t miss a beat.
Lundquist College students consulted with local services to address and overcome challenges related to equity and inclusion, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business, we are attracting some of the foremost minds in academia.