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Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Congrats Bryan on ATRA Award

Professor Bryan McCormick, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT, was awarded ATRA's highest award, the Distinguished Fellow Award during the recent ATRA Conference in Oklahoma City. Congratulations Bryan!

Monday, September 15, 2014

ATRA Conference

I really enjoyed the opportunity to provide the Opening Keynote Address at ATRA. Around 500 ATRA members are attending the conference.

This is National Wellness Week

National Wellness Week is September 15–21, 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ole Hoosier Heading to OKC

Heading to Oklahoma City tomorrow for the ATRA Conference where I'll give the opening address. Looking forward to seeing friends and supporting ATRA.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Faculty Position at St. Francis

From Syd Sklar: The University of St. Francis has an opening for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management (pending administrative approval). We have a growing concentration in therapeutic recreation and welcome candidates with a TR/RT background. St. Francis is located in Joliet, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The RSTM department recently moved into a new facility in downtown Joliet (a $3 million dollar building renovation) built to our specifications. St. Francis offers small class sizes and is a welcoming environment. With the many CTRSs working in the Chicago area, we have access to multiple field experience/internship opportunities. The area offers affordable housing, strong public education systems, rich cultural diversity, world-class parks, thriving special recreation agencies, major league sports, cultural arts, museums, festivals, shopping, restaurants, and two major airports. I will be attending the ATRA conference Saturday through Monday and will be glad to talk with anyone interested in learning more about the position. Sydney L. Sklar, Ph.D., CTRS Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management Director, USF Challenge Center University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435 Voice (815) 740-3691; Fax (815) 740-4285

Monday, September 08, 2014

Position Opening in Texas

Texas Health Presbyterian – WNJ in Sherman, Texas is seeking a Full-time Certified Recreational Therapist for their adult inpatient Behavioral Health Services. Apply at www.wnj.org. Please contact Rochelle Govindasamy with any questions regarding the position. Phone number 903-870-7317 and Fax 903-870-7320. Sincerely, Bethany Walker – Community Education Coordinator Behavioral Health Services 1111 Gallagher Drive |Sherman, TX 75090 (903) 870-7322 | Cell: (512) 299-7130 | Fax: (903) 870-7320

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IU Faculty Opening at Assistant/Associate Level

Indiana University has again announced a faculty opening in recreational therapy at the assistant/associate professor level. Jennifer A. Piatt, Ph.D., CTRS Assistant Professor Indiana University School of Public Health Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies HPER Building 133 1025 E. Seventh Street Bloomington, IN 47405-7109 (812) 855-7819 jenpiatt@indiana.edu

TRJ Calls for Papers & Associate Editors

Therapeutic Recreation Journal has issued a call for papers and a call for associate editors. Editor Marcia Jean Carter, Re.D., CPRP, CTRS E-mail: mj-carter2@wiu.edu

Scholarships Available for Southeast RT Symposium

The Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) is excited to again offer student and first-year practitioner scholarships to the symposium being held April 1-3, 2015 in Savannah, GA. Please note the early deadline for application submission, January 1, 2015. Additional information about SRTS and applications are also accessible on our web site, srts.inf -- Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS Virginia Wesleyan College 1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23502 wpollock@vwc.edu 757-455-3369

Assistantships at Indiana University

The Recreational Therapy Faculty at Indiana University is currently recruiting applicants for doctoral research assistantships staring in Fall, 2015. Faculty will be available at ATRA to talk with potential applicants. Jennifer A. Piatt, Ph.D., CTRS Assistant Professor Indiana University School of Public Health Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies HPER Building 133 1025 E. Seventh Street Bloomington, IN 47405-7109 (812) 855-7819 jenpiatt@indiana.edu

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New RT Book Coming Out Soon

I just completed editing the proof pages for a new book -- Recreational Therapy: An Introduction that is being published by Sagamore Publishing. The book should come out as an e-book this fall and the print version will be ready for use in courses during the spring term.