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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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Scholarships for 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 12-14, 2017 in Savannah, GA. Attached is a letter announcing the scholarships and accompanying application. Please note the deadline for application is February 6, 2017. Additional information about SRTS and applications are also accessible on our web site, *srts.info * Thank you for sharing this announcement with your students and colleagues and encouraging them to apply. -- Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT Associate Professor Virginia Wesleyan College 1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23502 wpollock@vwc.edu 757-455-3369

Monday, October 17, 2016

Department Chair, Recreation & Leisure Studies

East Carolina University The Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies within the College of Health and Human Performance invites applicants for the 12-month position of Department Chair. The preferred start date is July 2017. Direct link to apply on-line: https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=379849 Job Description: The Chair of Recreation and Leisure Studies is the leader of the department and is responsible for promoting quality instruction and mentoring; fostering research productivity that positively impacts eastern North Carolina and beyond; and applying expertise in innovative ways that benefit collaborators from campus, the community and the discipline. As the department administrator, the Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

RTI Annual Conference Nov 3 & 4

The Recreation Therapists of Indiana are holding their 2016 Annual Conference November 3 and 4 at the Belterrra Casino in Florence, Indiana.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wonderful Quote regarding Lessons Learned book

What a pleasant surprise it was to get an unsolicited endorsement of my book Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners (Sagamore Publishing) from Jenn Errol who has 16 years of experience and is an RT at The Milieu Center in Sacramento. Here is what Jenn said: “This book Lessons Learned: An Open Letter to Recreational Therapy Students and Practitioners is GOLD! All RT's and future RT's would benefit from reading this gem.” I’m was really happy to receive to receive such an enthusiastic endorsement. When I thanked her, Jenn replied back that she had used several portions of the book with staff at The Milieu Center – which pleased me as I sincerely believe there is much in the book that will enhance the lives and practices of RTs. For more information on Lessons Learned, go to http://www.sagamorepub.com/products/lessons-learned

Monday, October 10, 2016

Free RT Glossary

Resources available to recreational therapy students, faculty, and practitioners who wish to take advantage the Indiana University Library’s ScholarWorks program include no cost access to the Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The Glossary provides a handy tool for RT students from their introduction to recreational therapy course through their internships. Another use of the Glossary has been as a resource for those preparing for the NCTRC exam to review terms that appear on the exam. To access the Glossary type the title into your search box or go to: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/6474/Austin_Glossary.pdf?sequence=1

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RT Director's Position in Psych Hospital

Cumberland Hall Hospital is searching for their next Director of Recreational Services. The candidate would be responsible for coordinating and providing therapeutic activities, implementing and updating policies, providing supervision of Recreation Therapy staff and ordering all supplies for the department. Cumberland Hall is a psychiatric hospital located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Address: 270 Walton Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 Phone: (270) 886-1919

Monday, September 26, 2016

Active Aging Week

This is Active Aging Week (Sept 25th - Oct 1st). See http://activeagingweek.com/

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Faculty Opening at La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track Therapeutic Recreation position as Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. Applicants need expertise to (a) teach introductory and upper division therapeutic recreation core courses (undergraduate and graduate); (b) conduct scholarly activity such as research and grant writing activities, and advise undergraduate research and graduate projects and theses; and, © provide relevant professional and university service. Applicants need the ability to teach elective coursework related to one or more TR roles/settings. Starting Date: August 28, 2017 The UWL Therapeutic Recreation program is an independent major, housed within the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation in the College of Science and Health. The Program serves more than 300 undergraduate and master-level TR students, is accredited by COAPRT, and is among the top ten colleges producing certified therapeutic recreation specialists with an exceptional passing rate on the national certification examination. Six collaborative and professionally involved faculty members deliver a curriculum with 13+ therapeutic recreation core and elective courses and a service-minded Therapeutic Recreation Club. Faculty have opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate grant-funded research projects and be involved with a wide range of community service activities. Applications received by October 15, 2016 will receive full consideration.