Lack of Ph.D. Faculty a Concern
I realize that over the years the profession has lost Ph.D. programs at major universities. First, Maryland and Oregon shut down their entire recreation and leisure studies programs, including RT/TR. Then Illinois and Georgia closed their RT/TR programs. Now Penn State has dropped its TR program. These kinds of losses are very hard to make up.
And yet the leading Ph.D. producing universities (e.g., Indiana, Temple) have not come forth to display any leadership that might lead to rectifying the situation. Neither has the major professional membership organization (i.e., ATRA) made any attempt to better the situation. Just where is the leadership that will help us overcome this extremely serious problem of a severe shortage of Ph.D. prepared faculty?