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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.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RT Position at Oregon State Hospital

From Michael Scott Ratliff: Here is another awesome opportunity for a CTRS! Oregon State Hospital Rehab Therapist┃Closes Friday July 25┃ http://goo.gl/E0QMVM ‪#‎jobs‬

Illinois State University Faculty Position Opening

The School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, invites applications for the position of a tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor in Therapeutic Recreation, beginning in August, 2015. QUALIFICATIONS: Doctoral degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy or a related field preferred and Master’s degree required. Applicants are also required to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Experience in college teaching, research, and professional service is desired. For consideration at the associate professor level, applicants should have an appropriate record of teaching excellence and scholarly productivity. For information contact Ms. Gale Wheatley Phone: (309) 438-3054 5120 School of Kinesiology and Recreation Illinois State University Email: gdwheat@ilstu.edu Normal, IL 61790-5120

IU Has Announced a Faculty Position Opening

Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University has announced a faculty position in recreaional therapy is available. Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track, 10 month appointment beginning no later than Fall 2015) Primary Responsibilities: Engage in a focused line of scholarly inquiry on the contribution of recreational therapy to enhancing functional health and/or prevention of health conditions. Seek and secure extramural funding for research focused on the use of recreational therapy in secondary and tertiary health promotion supporting independent functioning and reduction of health conditions secondary to disability and disease. Provide high quality instruction in graduate program, departmental core classes, and majors’ courses as assigned. Lead development of Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) major in the department. Recruitment and mentoring of graduate students. Provide service to the department, institution and profession. Engage in collaborative research with School of Public Health faculty as well as participate in interdisciplinary research across the IU campuses, and in a global context.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wonderful Opportunity at Bradford Woods!

From Shay Dawson: There is a Job Opening for the Director of Recreation Therapy Bradford Woods (Indiana University’s Outdoor Center. Overview: This is an upper level/senior management position at Bradford Woods with major oversight in high intensity medical and illness specific programs in the outdoor setting. Oversee and provide the vision, leadership, supervision, and direction for the development, growth, and sustainability of the Recreation Therapy (RT) area including oversight of Medical Camping and Therapeutic Programs consisting of 1,000 youth with chronic illnesses and disabilities annually along with a $1.1 million budget, 80 staff and 50 volunteers. Foster and maintain lasting relationships with major foundations, non-profits, and health care professionals associated with carrying out these important pediatric programs from around the state. Work in collaboration with faculty on pediatric research and student placements for credit. Qualifications: Minimum Education: Degree in Recreation Therapy with CTRS or able to get a CTRS within 6 months of hire date. Experience: 5-10 years of progressively increased responsibility in management of services for youth with chronic illness and disability, 1-2 years’ experience in therapeutic outdoor programming. Health and medical care experience. Compensation: Competitive salary, university benefits, on-site housing / utilities Apply at the Indiana University Human Resource Website https://jobs.iu.edu/joblisting/index.cfm?jlnum=11537&search=2 Contact Shay Dawson M.A., CTRS (Director, Bradford Woods) for more information at sldawson@indiana.edu

Friday, July 11, 2014

UNC Greensboro Faculty Opening

The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is pleased to invite applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy with a start date of August 2015.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Book on Cultural Competence in RT

Idyll Arbor has announced Jearold Holland, Ph.D., has written Cultural Competence in Recreational Therapy to address the importance of cultural diversity in the recreational therapy curriculum and recreational therapy practice. The book will provide your students with: * suggestions for improving skills and competencies when working with different racial groups * better understanding of cultural nuances and diversity * and useful data on specific racial or cultural/ethnic groups.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Director of Activities/Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteers

The Washington Nursing Facility, a 360 bed skilled nursing home located just over the Sousa Bridge from Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. has an immediate opening for a Director of Activities/Therapeutic Recreation. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree, 3-5 years of experience as an Activities Professional or Recreation Therapist and be currently registered in D.C. The Department Director is responsible for overseeing a staff of 10 and producing an Activities Program which addresses the interests of our diverse population of residents. It is a unique and challenging position which allows the Director the opportunity to try new programs and ideas. Please send your resume and cover letter (including salary requirements and references) to Gail Jernigan, Administrator at gjernigan@seniorsnorth.com, or by fax to (202) 678-5994.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th!!!

Happy 4th of July to all RTs everywhere! Enjoy this special day.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Volunteers Sought for Bradford Woods

From Shay Dawson , Director of Bradford Woods: Hey Gang. Bradford Woods is looking for volunteers for the two week Camp Riley session July 13th-25th. We will be hosting youth with physical disabilities. Programming includes adapted scuba, water skiing, universal zip line, IU Athletic night, 4xkids jeep day, and much more. Come join us at the Woods for the entire session or for a couple of days. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Contact me at sldawson@indiana.edu or at 765-342-2915 ext. 5103 if you are interested in volunteering.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ATRA Election

The election for officers and board members in being held for ATRA. Be sure to vote if you are an ATRA member.