Paul Hutchinson

Senior Lecturer, Management & Organizations
  • Phone 603-732-6111
  • Office 642A
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

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Dr. Paul J. Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer at Boston University Questrom School of Business teaching in both the undergraduate and MBA programs.  Hutch has worked with over 50,000 participants in teambuilding and leadership programs since he began practicing experiential education in 1996. Hutch’s recent professional work has focused on utilizing emerging technologies to enhance experiential learning, from GPS-based urban adventures to virtual teambuilding on-line.  

Throughout his career, he has facilitated the development of effective team processes for professional managers and executive teams from industry and nonprofit organizations.  He has led backcountry, challenge course, and urban teambuilding programs throughout the United States and Europe.  He is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, has extensive training in wilderness medicine, vertical rope work, and has been trained by the National Cave Rescue Commission.  He is the Experience Based Training and Development Liaison for the Northeast Region of the Association for Experiential Education and has presented at national and regional conferences including: the Association for Experiential Education, the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, the Association for Challenge Course Technology, the American Camp Association, the American College Personnel Association, the National Orientation Directors Association, and the National Association of Campus Activities.  He is also a Lead Instructor for Outward Bound-Professional.

Hutch earned his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University. His dissertation, Crafting an Outdoor Classroom: The Nineteenth-Century Roots of the Outdoor Education Movement, argues that the pedagogy of experiential education resulted from changing perspectives on youth and wilderness in nineteenth century America. His research interests include environmental history, transcendentalism, the relationship between culture and pedagogy, and the intersection of people, planet, and profit within American history. 


  • PhD, Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2015
  • MS, Minnesota State University - Mankato, 2001
  • BA, Gettysburg College, 1998
  • Hutchinson, P. (2018). "Thompson Island: An Island Republic of Youth", Historic Deerfield
  • Hutchinson, P. (2017). "Summer Camps: The White Mountain Roots of an Iconic American Institution", Plymouth State University
  • Hutchinson, P. (2012). "Wilderness Settlements: Early Twentieth Century Outdoor Education at the North Bennett Street Industrial School", Journal of the North End Historical Society, 1 (1), 71-86
    Research Presentations
  • Hutchinson, P. , Nooney, L. Global, Digital, and Experiential at Scale: Redefining the Classroom through Boston University's Online MBA, Association for Experiential Education International Conference, On Line, 2021
  • Hutchinson, P. EBTD Toolbox: Theories, Models, and Ideas on How to Boost Your Corporate and Adult Programming Skills, Association for Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference, On Line, 2021
  • Hutchinson, P. EBTD Toolbox: Theories, Models, and Ideas on How to Boost Your Corporate and Adult Programing Skills, Association for Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference, On-Line
    Awards and Honors
  • 2023, James Freeman Leadership Development Award
  • 2021, Questrom Award for Institutional Leadership: Learn from Anywhere Committee
  • 2021, Questrom Graduation Speaker
  • 2019, Faculty Member Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
  • 2017, President's Award
  • 2017, Honorary Scarlet Key Award
  • 2013, Mike Gessford Person in Charge of Unlocking Potential (PICOUP) Award