His courses and research have focused on the promotion of youth engagement with physical activity, and he has published on topics such as health clubs in public schools, the integration of outdoor pursuits in school-based physical education, and standards-based assessment.
McNamee’s most recent research has focused on the economic impact of mountain biking in Oregon, and he has also published book chapters about mountain biking, rock climbing and backpacking.
In addition to teaching at Linfield College, McNamee is spearheading a volunteer effort to create a 70-mile bike trail that connects Oregon wineries, forests and riverways.
McNamee serves as president of the board of directors of the Salem Area Trail Alliance and as a board member of the Council for Children’s Expanded Physical Education. He has been a higher education representative for the Oregon Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
McNamee was invited by the International Mountain Biking Association and Travel Oregon to represent the Salem Area Trail Alliance at the 2011 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., where he advocated for active transportation initiatives schools and communities.
He received his doctorate in health and human performance from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.