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.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Assistant Professor of Recreation & Leisure Studies

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE (VWC) Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position, beginning fall, 2013, as assistant professor within one of the largest majors on campus. A doctorate in Recreation, Leisure Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, or related field is required at the time the position begins. The selected candidate will contribute to the Department’s core curriculum as well as one of two career tracks, Recreation Administration or Recreation Therapy. What we're looking for is the faculty colleague who has a passion for teaching, wants to be a part of our Department as our curriculum grows to reflect his/her expertise, and seeks opportunities to conduct scholarly work in keeping with the expectations of a teaching-oriented institution. We are quite proud that we are approaching 30 years of having our program accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and related Professions (COAPRT).

Development of courses related to the individual’s areas of interest also will be encouraged including opportunities for Winter Session experimental and travel courses. The salary is extremely competitive and an attractive benefits package is offered.

Virginia Wesleyan College is a small (1400 students, 91 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 Hampton Roads metropolitan area (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk). VWC seeks committed teacher/scholars willing to foster undergraduate research, be professionally active, and advance the college’s quest for Phi Beta Kappa recognition. The primary focus of VWC is excellence in teaching. Faculty members are encouraged to exercise their academic freedom to enhance student learning through dynamic classroom experience as well as practical application in the community as our 4-credit curriculum allows for enriching experiences outside the classroom. Recreation and Leisure Studies’ educational offerings are augmented by a strong collaboration with a number of local agencies for internships and experiential learning including a new community recreation center less than a mile from campus and strong connections to one of the largest and fastest-growing YMCA systems in the country.

The Department enjoys excellent support from across campus and opportunities for mentoring, professional development, and collaboration are numerous.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and three letters of reference as PDF attachments to Ms. Jane Kiefer, Assistant to the Recreation & Leisure Studies Search Committee, at Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Questions prior to application may be directed to Dr. Wayne Pollock, Department Coordinator, via (757) 455-3369 or Recreation and Leisure Studied Department website:

Wayne Pollock, Ph.D., CTRS
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23502


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