Clark T. W. Zealand, Ph.D.

Dr. Clark Zealand

Associate Professor/Graduate Director

Liberty University
Department of Sport Management
DH 1165 D
Lynchburg, VA 24502

 (434) 582-2887

 (434) 582-3824

 Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
M.A., Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Courses Taught

SMGT 400 Sport and Exercise Psychology
SMGT 404 Administration and Organization of Sport
SMGT 405 Sport Finance
SMGT 505 Legal Issues in Sport
SMGT 611 Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Sport
SMGT 612 Outdoor Adventure Programing
SMGT 613 Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport

Educational Experience

Dr. Clark Zealand joined the Sport Management faculty in 2008 as the first Sport Management faculty member at Liberty to specialize in outdoor recreation. Zealand has completed extensive research in the area of outdoor recreation and has submitted numerous articles to a variety of journals within the realm of outdoor recreation and sport management. He has also presented his research at a number of professional conferences, including the 11th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research in Nanaimo, British Columbia and the 2005 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium in Bolton Landing, N.Y.

While at Liberty, Zealand has served as the secretary of the Graduate Faculty Senate in the 2009-2010 academic year, and assumed the role of vice chair of the Graduate Senate for the 2010-2011 academic year. He also serves as the assessment coordinator for the Department of Sport Management. 

Prior to joining the Sport Management faculty at Liberty, Zealand was pursuing his Ph.D. in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation Management at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. During this time, he was also working as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Recreation and Leisure at the University of Waterloo. 

Zealand's research interests include adventure sport management, outdoor recreation experiences and visitor management, wilderness and environmental philosophy, interpretive methodologies and environmental epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders. 

Sport Industry Experience

Zealand possesses a wide range of experience and knowledge within the sport industry. Zealand owns and operates an ecommerce business (, which specializes in gear for trail runners. He is also the founder and owner of Eco-X Sports, a race management company that exists to provide individuals with recreational and competitive sporting events, athletic instruction, lifestyle education and outdoor-related research. Along with owning Eco-X, Zealand is also the race director for a handful of well-known races, including the Terrapin Mountain 50k and Half-Marathon, Grindstone 100 and Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run. Zealand also works with the Run for a Reason organization in which he created and directs an annual race called Coleman’s Run. Coleman’s Run is a 5k benefit race for autism awareness. This race is named after Zealand’s son, Coleman, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. The purpose of the race is to offer hope to parents of autistic children and encourage them to seek out the full potential of their child. 

In addition to being on the business side of the sport industry, Zealand is also an elite athlete and former coach. He was the distance coach for the Liberty Track and Cross Country teams from 1996-2002, and is currently a sponsored ultra-runner, selected to run as a member of the Patagonia Ultra Running Team. He has competed in numerous ultra-races and has holds several course records. Throughout the year, Zealand also serves as a niche product tester for various outdoor adventure companies and has served as a consultant for numerous agencies including the Parks Canada Agency, the United States Forest Service, The Conservation Alliance and the Leave-No-Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


Zealand was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. In January of 1993, Zealand moved to Lynchburg, Va., to attend Liberty University as a scholarship athlete while running for the track and cross-country teams. While at Liberty, Zealand majored in Sport Management with a minor in Psychology and Exercise Science. Zealand went on to complete his master’s degree at Liberty in Human Services, with an emphasis on Sport Psychology. In 2007, he completed his doctorate at the University of Waterloo. 

Zealand is currently residing in Forest, Va., with his wife Andrea and their two children, Coleman and Jessie. Whether he is running, hiking trails, camping or mountaineering, Zealand loves the outdoors. He has a love for national parks and is passionate about preserving the beauty of God’s creation. Zealand is dedicated to assisting others in having profitable and enjoyable outdoor experiences as well.

Selected Works of Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Zealand, C.T.W. (under review). Ecologically-active interviewing in outdoor recreation experiential research. Field Methods. Zealand, C.T.W. (under review). Decolonizing conceptions of wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness.
  • Zealand, C.T.W. (under review). An ecophenomenological investigation of the lived-experience of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Journal of Leisure Research.
  • Zealand, C.T.W. (book chapter submitted for review). Phenomenology and experiential education: An alternative approach. In K. Warren, T.A. Loeffler, and D. Mitten (Eds.), The theory of experiential education (4th ed.). Boulder, CO: Association for Experiential Education.
  • Zealand, C.T.W, Zou, P., Eagles, P.F.J., Bickis, L.M., & Aspinall, A.J. (2006). Developing tourism goals and objectives for the Parks Canada Agency. In J.G. Peden & R.M. Schuster, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2005 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Report NE-341 (pp. 2-6). Newton Square, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station.

Other Publications

  • Zealand, C.T.W. (2009). Fall, fog, and foliage. Ultrarunning, 28(8), 22-23.
  • Zealand, C.T.W. (2008). One to remember. Ultrarunning, 28(7), 14.
  • Zealand, C.T.W. (2008). A short history of race director succession. Ultrarunning,27(8), 22.
  • Zealand, C.T.W. (2003). Satisfied with second place, for now. In N. Jamison (Ed.), Running through the wall: Personal encounters with the ultramarathon. (p. 185-190). Halcottsville, New York: Breakaway Books.
  • Heil, J. & Zealand, C. (2001). Psychological Skills Training Manual. United States Fencing Association Technical Report (No. 2001-01). Colorado Springs, CO: United States Olympic Training Center.
  • Heil, J. & Zealand, C. (2001). Mental Skills IV: Performance routines. The Swordmaster, United States Fencing Coaches’ Association. Online [URL]:, Winter Issue, 6 – 7.
  • Heil, J. & Zealand, C. (2001). Mental Skills III: Imagery. The Swordmaster, United States Fencing Coaches’ Association. Online [URL]:, Winter Issue, 8 – 9.
  • Heil, J. & Zealand, C. (2000). Mental Skills II: Concentration. The Swordmaster, United States Fencing Coaches’ Association. Online [URL]:, Fall Issue, 6 – 7.
  • Heil, J. & Zealand, C. (2000). Mental Skills 1: Relaxation/Activation. The Swordmaster, United States Fencing Coaches’ Association. Online [URL]:, Summer Issue, 5 & 16.


  • Zealand, C.T.W. (2005). Trail maintainers as social workers: Developing social capital with landowners. Presented at the 11th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, May 2005, Nanaimo, BC. Zealand, C.T.W, Zou, P., Eagles, P.F.J., Bickis, L.M., & Aspinall, A.J. (2005). 
  • Developing tourism goals and objectives for the Parks Canada Agency. Presented at the 2005 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2005 April 10-12, Bolton Landing, NY.
Personal Statement and Favorite Scripture Verses

“My passion is to see others experience the beauty of God’s creation through adventure sports and outdoor recreation. I particularly enjoy working with students who are just discovering the endless opportunities in this field. As a result, my desire is to bring my passion to the classroom and train my students for a rewarding career in getting others to realize their own unique potential in the great outdoors!”

Favorite Scripture Verses:

  • "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God" (Romans 1:20, NLT).
  • "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language 
    where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course" (Psalm 19:1-5, NIV).