M. Deborah Bialeschki is a senior researcher with the American Camp Association (ACA), where she is involved in research focused on youth development and the camp experience.
Prior to joining ACA, Bialeschki was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for 20 years until she retired in 2005 as professor emerita.
She has authored 12 books, collaborated on 17 book chapters, and contributed over 150 articles and presentations in national and international journals and conferences.
She has been editor of major research journals, has chaired national research conferences, and been elected to professional academies.
She has received academic awards, including the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award.
Bialeschki's research has focused on youth development through outdoor/camp experiences, staff training and development, and gender issues in leisure and outdoor recreation.
She contributes to her community through varied volunteer opportunities, plays in the community band, loves the outdoors, values her time with family and friends (including four-legged furry ones), and continues to search for the perfect s’more.