Chris Calhoun

Chris Calhoun and the riverProfessor

Office Location: BH112


Since 1984, Chris Calhoun has been a professor and coordinator for the Park and Recreation Management Program at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Butler, PA.

Chris has also worked for the National Park Service as a law enforcement ranger, the Bureau of State Parks as a park naturalist and currently works for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission as a Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist-Lead Water Rescue Instructor Trainer since 1989. He is responsible for curriculum development and instructor training for the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Program.   

As a subject matter expert in water rescue and safety, Chris has presented at national and international conferences and training programs in 14 states. Chris is also a member of the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) and is the Assistant Chief for Butler County Water Rescue Team 300.

Chris and his wife Kelly have two children, Rachel and Jessica.

Classes Taught

  • PKMT 101 – Forestry
  • PKMT 102 – Recreation Leadership
  • PKMT 104 – Introduction to Parks and Recreation
  • PKMT 105 – Park Safety and Visitor Services
  • PKMT 110 – First Aid and Safety
  • PKMT 201 – Park Management Practicum
  • PKMT 205 – Interpretive Methods and Programming
  • PKMT 212 – Park and Recreation Administration
  • PKMT 230 – Outdoor Adventure Program Management
  • PHED 130 – Canoeing and Water Safety
  • PHED 140 – River Kayaking


  • Slippery Rock University: MS-Park and Recreation Administration
  • Slippery Rock University: BS-Recreation (Emphasis: Resource Management)
  • Butler County Community College: AAS-Park and Recreation Management


  • United Way Red Apple Award
  • Hanna Miller Safety Award
  • American Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Program Development Award
  • BC3 Distinguished Alumnus
  • Outstanding Faculty Member
  • EMT Recognition