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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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


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.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Therapeutic Recreation Association of Oklahoma Conference

The TRAO 2014 Annual Conference will be held in Stillwater Oklahoma on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The conference is on February 28th & March 1st 2014 with Pre-Conference Sessions on Thursday & Friday February 27th & 28th

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

From Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT: Clemson University, a land-grant research university in upstate South Carolina, is recruiting candidates for the position of Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. The University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader with administrative experience in graduate education, strong interpersonal skills, a strong research and teaching background, and an ability to direct planned growth in graduate education.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Position Opening in Maine

The ideal candidate must possess the following requirements: • Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation with a Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) • One year experience working in an adult day center or nursing facility as a CTRS. • Excellent teaching and mentoring abilities. • Exceptional written and verbal communication. • Be comfortable working with people with disabilities, illness, and or dementia. • Pass a criminal record check to the satisfaction of the employer. • Willingness to travel back and forth to adult day sites. • Excellent public speaking abilities. • Valid driver’s license Interested, qualified candidates please send cover letter, resume, and copy of the CRTS to: Deputy Director Southern Maine Agency on Aging 136 U S Route One Scarborough ME 04074 or e-mail to jobposting@smaaa.org >From Nancy Richeson via ATRAnet:

Monday, November 18, 2013

ATRAnet has record numbers!

There are now 480 individuals on ATRAnet -- a record high! To sign up for ATRA's listserv just go to the ATRA webpage.

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 14th is Diabetes Day

2013 World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius On November 14, World Diabetes Day—and during National Diabetes Month-- we join with individuals living with diabetes, their families, advocates, and health care professionals to raise awareness of this devastating disease around the world. Combating diabetes is a serious public health issue. More than 340 million people worldwide have diabetes. Recognizing the urgency of this public health problem globally, this May the World Health Assembly adopted a global target to stop the rise in diabetes by 2025

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ready for RTI

I finalized my PowerPoint slides for my keynote address for the Recreation Therapists of Indiana Conference. Looking forward to giving the address Friday.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

1st Annual Judith E. Voelkl Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop

Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT has announced the 1st Annual Judith E. Voelkl Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop will be held at Clemson University on March 24, 2014.

New High for ATRAnet

I just saw that we now have 478 individuals on the listserv ATRAnet. I believe this is a new high. To sign up just go to the ATRA website.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

RTI Next Week

Still looking forward to speaking at the Recreation Therapists of Indiana Annual Conference on November 15th.

Monday, November 04, 2013

RT Opening in Montana

There is an opening for a recreational therapist at Montana State Hospital. Please contact Beth Eastman, CTRS at 406-693-7145 with questions or at eeastman@mt.gov

Saturday, November 02, 2013

RTI in Carmel at the Bridgewater Club

The location for the RTI Conference on November 15th will be the Bridgewater Club 3535 East 161st Street, Carmel, Indiana 46033. I think the program will begin around 8:00AM.

Friday, November 01, 2013

RTI 2013 Conference Nov 15th

Hope all Hoosier RTs will plan to attend the Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI) Conference in Carmel on Novermber 15th. RTs from Ohio and Illinois, and the Louisville area, should note it isn't a long drive to attend the RTI Conference and that they are welcome. CEUs will be available.

RT Position Opening In Troy, Ohio

From Mike Sutherland: Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, OH has an immediate opening in behavioral health. It is FT, 1.0FTEs, M-F 8am to 430pm. No weekends, no holidays. Email me at nimbusthecat@gmail.com