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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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

RT Opening in Montana

from Beth Eastman: The State of Montana is seeking a CTRS to fill a newly created position at the Montana State Hospital. Please feel free to pass the following information to your students and colleagues. I welcome inquiries. I may be contacted through my information below. Beth Eastman, CTRS Rehabilitation Department Manager Montana State Hospital PO Box 300 Warm Springs, MT 59756 406-693-7145 eeastman@mt.gov

To Subscribe to the RecreationalTherapynet Listserv

From Prof. Tim Passmore at Oklahoma State University: The easiest method to get on the RecreationalTherapynet listserv is to send an email directly to me here at Oklahoma State University – tim.passmore@okstate.edu or you can do the following: To Subscribe to RecreationalTherapynet: • Send email to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.OKSTATE.EDU • In first line of message: type “SUBSCRIBE RECREATIONALTHERAPYNET-L”

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Faculty Opening at SIU

College of Education and Human Services Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Health Education and Recreation Assistant Professor (Recreation) To begin Fall 2016 We are seeking a dynamic professional to join the faculty of Health Education and Recreation (HER), housed in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The recreation program offers B.S. and M.S. degrees with three specializations (Therapeutic Recreation, Leisure Services Management, and Outdoor Recreation). The successful candidate for the position below will demonstrate university teaching effectiveness, excellence in scholarly activity, and willingness to serve on departmental, college, and university committees. Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track, Therapeutic Recreation or Generalist Position). A nine-month academic year basis, and contingent on demand for teaching assignments, an additional summer session appointment is possible. Effective Date of Appointment: August 16, 2016 Duties: • Teach therapeutic recreation courses (e.g., management, assessment &evaluation) and recreation graduate core courses (e.g., foundation, personnel management, research method) • Advising graduate students and serving on thesis/research project committees. • Initiating and implementing a focused research agenda leading to peer-reviewed publications & presentations. • Securing external funding for research and training projects. • Participating in appropriate professional associations. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have a minimum of one degree (BS, MS, or Ph.D) in leisure/recreation with a Ph.D. in a leisure/recreation or related field. Applicants who have completed all but the dissertation and who expect to complete all requirements for the doctorate prior to August 15, 2016, will be considered. If official evidence of the appointee's completion of the earned doctorate is not received by August 15, 2016, the position offered will be nine-month, term appointment at the rank of Instructor and at a lower salary. Preferred Qualifications: • Teaching capability in therapeutic recreation • Current Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) • Professional preparation, experience, and research interests in leisure, recreation, and therapeutic recreation. • Experience in serving on graduate thesis/research project committees. Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2015 and will continue until filled. Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts, and names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jun Kim, Co-Chair, Search Committee, jkim@siu.edu or Dr. Heewon Yang, Co-Chair, search committee, hyang@siu.edu Department of Health Education and Recreation Pulliam Hall 307 - Mail Code 4632 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 475 Clocktower Drive Carbondale, IL 62901-4632 Phone: (618) 453-2777 (submission by email preferred)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ATRA Annual Now Out

ATRA has published this year's edition of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.

Scholarships Available for Southeast RT Symposium

There are student and first-year practitioner scholarships to the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium being held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, April 13-15, 2016. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2106. Those interested should contact Prof. Wayne Pollock. Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT Virginia Wesleyan College 1584 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23502 wpollock@vwc.edu 757-455-3369 RecreationalTherapy

M.S. Level Position at Grand Valley State

Grand Valley State University’s Therapeutic Recreation program is looking for a Master’s level CTRS to join our team. Located in beautiful West Michigan (close to Tulip Time in the spring, Lake Michigan beaches in the summer, beautiful fall colors, and skiing in the winter), this is a full-year position with primary responsibilities of teaching 3-4 TR specific courses/year and placement coordination for students’ junior level fieldwork and senior-level internship. Our program is designed to accept 40 students/year through a secondary admission process, so students apply for the program during their sophomore year and then complete the program over their junior and senior year (including the two placements, fieldwork after their junior year and internship after their senior year). This position requires certification as a CTRS, experience in the field as a practitioner, and a Master’s degree level of education. Those with teaching experience would be preferred. What we have to offer? Exceptional students, strong university support for Therapeutic Recreation, 4 TR faculty members, an interprofessional environment in the College of Health Professions, a strong curriculum (TR is the oldest health profession program at GVSU), a new building with designated TR space (2018), a state of the art simulation lab with standard patients, strong community support, outstanding alumni and a strong presence of TR professionals in the city and state… I could go on and on. If you are interested or want to learn more, visit https://www.gvsujobs.org/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=375088 for a position description and information on how to apply OR contact me with your questions. Thank you! Dawn De Vries, DHA, MPA, CTRS Assistant Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Grand Valley State University President (2015-2016), American Therapeutic Recreation Association 212 College of Health Sciences Grand Rapids MI 49503 Direct: (616) 331.5553

Monday, November 02, 2015

Faculty Opening at Grambling

Assistant/Associate Professor/Coordinator of Leisure Studies Grambling University, Grambling, LA A Ph.D./Ed.D degree required in therapeutic recreation, leisure studies, recreation, or related field. Must demonstrate interest in the areas of pedagogy, grant writing, research and publication, and other scholarly activities; must have demonstrated experience with online instruction (i.e. Blackboard, Moodle, etc.), certification a plus; have coursework in therapeutic recreation, leisure studies, recreation, gerontology, mental retardation, outdoor resources, and/or curriculum development; be actively involved with professional organizations; have teaching experience at the university level; and have the CTRS/CLP or be in the process of securing the certification. https://pa700.peopleadmin.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=137177

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ed Hamilton: Friend & Former Colleague Passes Away

My friend and former colleague, Ed Hamilton, passed away this week. I read that bladder cancer was the cause of death. It was a real privilege to know Ed. What a wonderful human being.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

IU Among Most Beautiful Campuses

I just saw on Facebook that Indiana University had been listed as one of the top 25 most beautiful campuses. IU is the only campus on the list to have an RT curriculum.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seeking Universities with Interest in Internship Site Working with Vets

Tennessee Valley HealthCare System is working on creating a standardized internship program to allow students to come work with Veterans in the Nashville/Murfreesboro, TN area. I would like to reach out to Universities to see who would be interested in a potential partnership. Any university who would like to partner could contact me separately. My contact information is listed below. Thank you in advance, Shannon O’Rawe, CTRS/LRT Recreation Therapist Tennessee Valley VA Healthcare System: VA Nashville Campus 1310 24th Ave S Nashville, TN, 37212 Work: (615) 873 – 6880 Work Cell: (615) 440 - 9461 VA Email: Shannon.O’Rawe@va.gov Alternate Email: vanashvillerectherapy@gmail.com