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.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Faculty Position Open at Virginia Wesleyan

From my long-time ATRA friend, Wayne Pollock, at Virginia Wesleyan College, comes the following position announcement:

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE (VWC), a small (1400 students, 85 full-time faculty), selective, and diverse liberal arts institution sited on 300 beautiful wooded acres in the heart of the historical, economically dynamic, and culturally rich Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, seeks applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, beginning fall, 2010. A doctorate in Recreation, Leisure Studies or a related field is required at the time the position begins.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Department’s core curriculum as well as the career tracks (Leadership, Management, and Therapeutic Recreation) associated with his/her area of expertise. Development of courses related to the individual’s areas of interest also will be encouraged. VWC seeks committed teacher/scholars who will foster undergraduate research, be professionally active, and advance the college’s quest for Phi Beta Kappa recognition. The salary is competitive and an attractive benefits package is offered.

This is an exciting time for the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. We have been accredited since 1984, are one of the largest departments at the college and have excellent support from our administration. VWC is undergoing a change to a four-credit system that is going to reduce the teaching load for all faculty and allow for the creation of enhanced courses that provide increased time for out-of-class experiences.

Please send a letter of application, a statement of your philosophy of teaching, a curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Timothy G. O’Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23502-5599. Review of applicants will commence November 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions prior to application may be directed to Dr. Doug Kennedy, Department Coordinator, via (757) 455-3305 or Department website is

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