Professor Ewert received a B.S. in Natural Resource management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, a M.S. from Eastern Washington University (Outdoor Recreation) and a Ph.D. in Recreation and Park Management from the University of Oregon. He became the holder of the Patricia and Joel Meier Endowed Chair in Outdoor Leadership in 1998.
Professor Ewert was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship for study of wilderness-related issues in Finland in 1997 and was elected to the Academy of Leisure Scientists in 1993. He has served as President of the Academy from 1998-1999. Dr. Ewert has served as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Environmental Education and was a founding editor for the International Journal of Wilderness. He is also a Research Fellow with the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Experiential Education.
Professor Ewert's research has included work in the human dimensions of natural resource management, motivational aspects of outdoor recreation and risk-taking behaviors in natural environments. His research has provided insight into a number of issues related to the recreational use of wildland areas. His research involvement has included the establishment of a research work unit for the USDA Forest Service and oversight/liaison responsibilities for recreation and wilderness research in the USDA Forest Service. Other positions he has held include Chair of the Resource Recreation and Tourism Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, Director of Professional Development for Pacific Crest Outward Bound and an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.
Ewert is the author of three textbooks, over ten book chapters, and more than 160 professional articles on issues related to public land management, recreational motivations and environmental worldviews. He was also the recipient of the Reynold E. Carlson Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1996 and the J. B. Nash Award in 2002.