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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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lehman College Seeking Faculty

Announcement from Professor Robin Kunstler: Lehman College announced a new faculty position in therapeutic recreation/recreation generalist for Fall, 2014. Due to the shortage of doctoral-level candidates (as has been discussed on this site previously) we are now able to accept applications from doctoral students who would be ready to move into a full-time position next fall, prior to completing their degree. Please share this information with any prospective candidates. Lehman is unique among the schools that have faculty openings as we are in New York City with many opportunities for collaboration both university-wide and in the community, and serve a diverse and energetic urban population! To view and apply for this job: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=8883&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1 Robin Kunstler, Re.D., CTRS Professor and Program Director Recreation Education and Therapy Department of Health Sciences Lehman College of CUNY Bronx, NY 10468 Office: APEX 269 Phone: 718-960-8589

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faculty Opening at University of South Alabama

From Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC: This is a reminder that application review for the Assistant Professor, tenure-track position begins on November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Located in the City of Mobile, we are minutes from Mobile Bay and white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. ...a hidden treasure. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. Dr. Ellen Broach, CTRS, ATRIC Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Department of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies University of South Alabama 171 Jaguar Drive Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 Phone: 251-461-1454 Fax: 460-7252

UNC Wilmington Opening Announced by Candy Ashton

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is pleased to announce the opening of a tenure-track, assistant professor position in recreation therapy—see attached announcement. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 6, 2013. If you have any questions concerning the position, I will be happy to answer them (ashtonc@uncw.edu ). Candy Candace "Candy" Ashton, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS Professor and Coordinator, Recreation Therapy School of Health and Applied Human Sciences 3010 McNeill Hall Phone: 910-962-7794 Fax: 910-962-7073 College of Health and Human Services University of North Carolina Wilmington 601 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403

Monday, October 28, 2013

Faculty Position Opening at Clemson

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track position at the assistant/associate professor level beginning in August, 2014. The successful candidate must have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the therapeutic recreation emphasis area along with core curriculum courses in the department’s innovative integrative core curriculum. The ability to teach courses on-line would also be an asset. In addition, the successful candidate will develop his or her own research agenda, seek external funding to support that agenda, supervise graduate student committees, and participate in service to the university and the profession. Review of applications will begin November 23, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, mail to the address below or email to Marieke Van Puymbroeck (mvp@clemson.edu) a letter of application addressing the specified qualification criteria and position responsibilities, the names and contact information of three references, unofficial transcripts, a one page teaching philosophy, a one page description of your research agenda, and a curriculum vitae to: Dr. Marieke Van Puymbroeck, CTRS, FDRT Search Committee Chair Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management 128 McGinty Court 278 Lehotsky Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634-0735 (864) 656-1189

Faculty Position Still Open at OSU

Oklahoma State University is searching for a faculty member interested in training the future therapists for the profession of Recreational Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation. The faculty position is a tenure track position with professional focus of Recreational Therapy. We are currently reviewing applicants but will continue to review new applicants until the position is filled. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly at tim.passsmore@okstate.edu Tim Passmore, Ed.D., CTRS/L Associate Professor School of Applied Health & Educational Psychology Oklahoma State University

Friday, October 25, 2013

Call for MS Issued by the ATRA Annual

The ATRA Annual in Therapeutic Recreation - Volume 22 has issued a call for manuscripts. The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is pleased to invite the submission of manuscripts for the Volume 19 of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, the official research journal of the association. The deadline for submission is February 14, 2014.

Call for Associate and Protocol Editors for ATRA Annual

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual is recruiting Associate Editors (AEs) and a Program Protocol Editor for the 2014-2017 term. The Annual is published one time per year and Associate Editors are responsible for reviewing 3 to 4 publications depending on submission numbers. Requirements include: 1. Current member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association 2. Strong writing and editing skills 3. Experience in reviewing articles is preferred, but not required. To apply for the position of Associate Editor, or Program Protocol Editor, please send your CV, a cover letter, and areas of expertise to ATRA Annual Editors, Drs. Ellen Broach and Alexis McKenney at: ebroach@southalabama.edu; mckenney@fiu.edu by December 9, 2013.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

AJRT Call for Papers Issued

American Journal of Recreation Therapy, an independent double-blind peer-reviewed print and online journal, welcomes papers for publication related to research, theory, and current trends and issues in the field, including legal and regulatory matters. We also consider letters to the editor, guest editorials, and book reviews. American Journal of Recreation Therapy is the journal of record in the field and features a distinguished Editorial Review Board led by Editor-In-Chief, Professor Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS. Dr. Richeson has a long standing reputation as a leader in the challenging field of recreation therapy. As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Richeson guides the journal's leadership role during changing times for health and human service professionals. We are actively seeking papers dealing with all aspects of recreation therapy. These include: - Basic Science and Research in RT - Innovative RT interventions for pediatrics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and geriatrics - Evidence to support recreational therapy - Innovative education and training for recreational therapy students (undergraduate and graduate) - Exceptual student papers - Best practices - Advocacy and public policy issues vital to the profession - and more...

SIU has Faculty Opening

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Health Education and Recreation Assistant Professor (Recreation) To begin Fall 2014 Position: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track, a 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, 2014 Duties: • Teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses in recreation. • Advising graduate students and serving on thesis/research project committees. • Initiating and implementing a focused research agenda leading to peer-reviewed publications. • Securing external funding for research and training projects. • Participating in appropriate professional associations. Minimum Qualifications: The rank of Assistant Professor requires a doctorate degree in 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, 2014, will be considered. If official evidence of the appointee's completion of the earned doctorate is not received by August 15, 2014, the position offered will be nine-month, term appointment at the rank of Instructor and at a lower salary. Preferred Qualifications: • Professional preparation, experience, and research interests in leisure and recreation. • Teaching capability in therapeutic recreation specialization area. • Ability to teach graduate level courses (e.g., research methods, revenue production for leisure services, recreation for special populations, etc.) • Experience in serving on graduate thesis/research project committees. Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2013 and will continue until filled. Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, copies of unofficial transcripts and names and contact information for three references: Dr. Heewon Yang, Professor and Acting Chair Department of Health Education and Recreation Pulliam Hall 307 - Mail Code 4632 SIU Carbondale 475 Clocktower Drive Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 453-2777, E-mail: hyang@siu.edu

Faculty Opening at Wisconsin LaCrosse

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. This position fills a vacancy left by a retiring faculty member. 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, (c) provide relevant professional and university service. Applicants need the ability to teach elective coursework in one or more TR settings and ability to provide university supervision of therapeutic recreation interns. The position begins August 25, 2014.

Keynoting in Indiana and Utah

The ole Hoosier RT (aka David Austin) will be providing keynote addresses at the Recreation Therapists of Indiana Annual Conference on November 15, 2013, and the Utah Recreational Therapy Association Conference on March 20, 2014. Looking forward to both!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Opening at IU's Bradford Woods

Bradford Woods currently has an opening for an Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programs. Those with a CTRS (or CTRS eligible within 6 months) can apply via the link to the Indiana University HR website below: https://jobs.iu.edu/joblisting/index.cfm?jlnum=9591&search=2 Job Description: Assistant Director Therapeutic Programs, Bradford Woods Job Summary: This is a 12-month live in position that takes a lead role in assessing, designing, facilitating, and evaluating recreation therapy programming and carrying out the delivery of programs including but not limited to: adventure therapy, military programming, family therapy, and therapeutic camp programs. Support for summer camp includes recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision of seasonal program staff with a focus on art therapy, music therapy, nutrition, and recreation therapy as well as supervision of the recreation therapy internship program. Major summer camp duties also include the coordination of camp schedules and supervision of logistics. Develops future programs related to the recreation therapy state waiver program, private pay recreation therapy, and obesity specific programming. REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience working with individuals that have disabilities, chronic illnesses, youth at risk, etc. Valid driver’s license and ability to be insured by Indiana University. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification, or be eligible to obtain within 6 months of hire. Ability/knowledge to perform lifts and transfers of persons with disabilities; and First Aid and CPR certification. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy; experience in a camp setting; and valid chauffeurs license. Note: Position requires incumbent to possess CTRS certification or be able to obtain within 6 months of hire. Shay Dawson M.A.,CTRS Director, Bradford Woods Bradford Woods Office: 765 342-2915 ext 5103 Indiana University Fax: 765 349-1086 5040 St Rd 67 North TTY: 765 349-5117 Martinsville, IN 46151 http://www.bradwoods.org

Monday, October 21, 2013

Respones to ATRAnet Post Regarding Ph.D. Shortage

Lots of activity following my ATRAnet post regarding the need for Ph.D. prepared faculty. I'm glad others share my concern and that universities are promoting their graduate RT programs.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Presentations Sought for ATRA Mid-Year

Interested in presenting a session at the ATRA Mid-Year conference being held March 9-11, 2014 in Rockville, MD? Submissions are due by November 30, 2013!

Friday, October 18, 2013

RT Faculty Positions at IU & OSU

Both Indiana University and Oklahoma State University have announced openings for RT faculty in tenure-track positions. The University of North Carolina Wilmington will soon be announcing an opening for an RT faculty member.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Still Wondering Where Will Ph.D.s Come From?

Seeing recent announcements of faculty position openings at several universities reminded me of the shorage of RTs with Ph.D.s. I believe there are only four universities today that have Ph.D. programs in RT. I sure hope those in our profession begin to realize the situation and take action to assure we have top scholars available to serve in RT faculty positions. I believe the National Academy of Recreational Therapists (NART) is going to take on a leadership role in dealing with this issue. Any work to solve the dilemma can't come soon enough.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Back from Trip to Ireland

The ole Hoosier RT is back from a wonderful two-week stay in Ireland. What a beautiful and historic country! While there I was impressed by the concern for mental health expressed in the newspapers. I was pleased to see this. Wish we in the States would express a similar concern. Glad to be home and looking forward to posting on the RT Blog.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mental Illness Awareness Week & Mental Health Day

October 6–13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. October 10 is World Mental Health Day: There will be a global web screening of Hidden Pictures, an award-winning new film about global mental health. The film will be available to stream for free online for 24 hours on October 10. The link to the web screening hub is http://bit.ly/hidpicsfilm

Chair Opening at Long Beach

The faculty in the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies at California State University Long Beach are excited to invite applications for the position of Department Chair. Please see the attached position description and information. Cal. State Long Beach is located in sunny Southern California, boasts 345 sunny days per year, and an average temperature of 75 degrees. If the weather isn’t an incentive, please consider the opportunity to come work with dynamic faculty, energetic students, engaged alumni network, and strong collaborative community relationships. Melissa D'Eloia, Ph.D., CTRS Assistant Professor Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies California State University Long Beach Email: melissa.deloia@csulb.edu

Faculty Opening at Lehman

Lehman College is very excited to announce an opening for an assistant/associate professor in recreation/therapeutic recreation. Our location is a beautiful, tree-lined, architecturally unique campus in the NW Bronx in New York City. Lehman is a predominantly Hispanic-serving institution with an ethnically and linguistically diverse student population who are motivated and engaged in their education and the profession. The Recreation program has 2 full-time faculty (both CTRS) and 100 undergraduate majors (80 of whom are TR) and 60 graduate students (currently 2/3 are TR) and is housed in the Department of Health Sciences, with a very collegial and supportive faculty. We enjoy a close relationship with the Exercise Science program as well as many agencies and organizations in the NYC region where many of our alumni are employed. If you, or someone you know, would enjoy working in the NYC area, we would welcome your application. You can view and apply for this job at: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=8883&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1 Robin Kunstler, Re.D., CTRS Professor and Program Director Recreation Education and Therapy Department of Health Sciences Lehman College of CUNY Bronx, NY 10468 Office: APEX 269 Phone: 718-960-8589