Graduate Profiles

Student Info

Comprehensive Areas

  • Co-Management and Traditional Knowledge in National Parks
  • Protected Areas, Indigenous Peoples, and Reconciliation.

Committees

Dr. Deborah McGregor, Dr. Paul Wilkinson, Dr. Ravi de Costa

Previous Education

  • BS, Natural Resources Management: Park and Recreation Administration, University of Tennessee, 2012
  • Master of Public Policy, University of Northern Iowa, 2014
  • Publications

    Publications

    • Finegan, C. 2016. “Undergraduate Protected Area Management Curricula: Missing the Mark on Indigeneity.” Under review.
    • Weigel, P., Ullrich, F., Finegan, C., & Ward, M. 2016. “Rural Residents and Critical Access Hospitals: Which Surgical Procedures are Bypassed?” The Journal of Rural Health, epub ahead of print
    • Finegan, C. 2015. “The Alaska Lands Controversy and the Meaning of Conservation: A Fight Bigger than the Last Frontier.” The George Wright Society Forum 32(3).
    • Finegan, C., Ullrich, F., & Mueller, K. 2015. “Rural Policy Brief #2015-9: Rural Medicare Advantage Enrollment Updates.” Iowa City: Rural Policy Research Institute Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
    • Weigel, P., Finegan, C., & Richgels, J. 2015. “Accountable Care Communities in Rural Areas: Laying the Groundwork in Humboldt County, California.” Iowa City: Rural Policy Research Institute Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
    • Finegan, Chance N. "Chapter 11: Stormwater" in The Economic Impact of Des Moines Parks & Recreation Services. Report prepared for the City of Des Moines. Edited by Kristine Fleming, Wade Kooiman, Oksana Grybovych, Jil Lankford, Brian Gedlinske, and Sam Lankford. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa, 2013.

    Professional Experience

    • Research Associate, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, 12/2014-08/2015.
    • Soil Conservation Aide, Black Hawk Soil & Water Conservation District, 05/2013-05/2014
    • United States National Park Ranger, Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), 05-08/2011
    • United States National Park Guide, ONSR, 05-10/2010
    • United States National Park Guide, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, 05-08/2008

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    University Service

    • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 09/2015-Present.

    Teaching Experience

    • Teaching Assistant, Foundations of Environmental Management, York University, Fall 2015
    • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Soil Science, 2010/11 AY and Fall 2011.

    Research Assistantship

    • York University, Winter 2016
    • New Iowans Center, University of Northern Iowa, 2012/13 and 2013/14 AYs.

    Awards

    • Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Fall 2015-Spring 2019
    • High Pass, Master of Public Policy Comprehensive Examination, May 2014
    • National Association for Interpetation Award for Outstanding Service to Region 3, February 2012.

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Presentations

    • Finegan, C., Green, C., McGregor, D., Reimerson, E., and Ruru, J. (2017, June), Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples: Conservation Challenges and Solutions. International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources, Umeå, Sweden [panel].
    • Finegan, C. (2016, June). De-Colonizing Parks: Co-Management in the United States and Canada. International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources, Houghton, Michigan.
    • Finegan, C. (2016, May). De-Colonizing Parks: Co-Management in the United States and Canada. The 8th World Ranger Congress, Estes Park, Colorado.
    • Finegan, C. (2014, May). The Alaska Lands Controversy: America’s ‘Last Great First Chance’ in Land Conservation and Native American Relations. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Conference, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
    • Finegan, C. (2014, March). The Alaska Lands Controversy: America’s ‘Last Great First Chance’ in Land Conservation and Native American Relations. Graduate Student Symposium, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
    • Finegan, C. (2014, March). The Alaska Lands Controversy: America’s ‘Last Great First Chance’ in Land Conservation and Native American Relations. Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska.
    • Smartt, P., Finegan, C., & Thompson, H. (2011, November). Generational Perspectives. National Association for Interpretation National Workshop, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
    • Finegan, C. (2011, November). Y-Visit: Generation Y Visits Your Site. National Association for Interpretation National Workshop, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Conference Papers

    Finegan, C. (2014, March). The Alaska Lands Controversy: America’s ‘Last Great First Chance’ in Land Conservation and Native American Relations. Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska.

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