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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, March 29, 2014

New RT Intro Book Planned

I am pleased that a 4th edition of the Austin & Crawford intro book is under development. Recreational Therapy: An Introductionwill be published by Sagamore Publishing -- probably this fall.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Slippery Rock Faculty Position

Slippery Rock University invites applications for a full time, tenure track assistant professor postition in the Department of Parks & Recreation. Position entails teaching TR courses, student advisement, supervision of practical experiences, scholarly research, and committee involvements. The position is effective for fall 2014. Requires an earned doctorate wtih at least one advanced degree in TR. The cadidate must be credentialed by NCTRC as a CTRS. Requires at least 3 years direct practice experience and experience with teaching. For further requirements and information go to sru.edu or https://careers.sru.edu/1564. Debbi Hutchins Chair Search Committee

CARTE/CAAHEP has Accreditated 4 Universities

On April 19, 2010, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accepted ATRA as a sponsoring member and accepted CARTE as the accreditation mechanism (CAAHEP Council on Accreditation or CoA) for recreational therapy. CARTE Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education, CARTE Policies and Procedures, CARTE By-Laws and supporting material can be found at www.caahep.org/carte. Currently, there are four accredited academic programs: Western Carolina University Temple University East Carolina University Slippery Rock University

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Enjoyed Clemson RT Workshop

It was my pleasure to speak at the 1st Annual Judi Voelkl RT Workshop sponsored by Clemson University on March 24th. Marieke and eveyone involved did a great job with the workshop.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lecturer Position Open at La Crosse

Steve Lewis from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, has announced this opening: Position Description The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, Therapeutic Recreation position as a Lecturer in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation, housed within the College of Science and Health. This position is a two-year, appointment. Applicants need expertise to (a) teach introductory and upper division therapeutic recreation core courses (undergraduate and graduate); and, (b) 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. Position is open until filled with a first review date of April 4, 2014. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/. Stephen T. Lewis PhD, CTRS Assistant Professor Therapeutic Recreation Undergraduate Program Director University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation (608) 785-8202 slewis@uwlax.edu

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Visiting Faculty Position at WSSU

Visiting Faculty, Therapeutic Recreation Program Department of Human Performance and Sports Sciences Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), an historically Black, regional, comprehensive, liberal arts university, is one of the 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont Triad, the university enrolls over 5,600 students, employs more than 350 full time faculty members, offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 graduate degree programs. WSSU seeks an energetic and dynamic individual to serve as a Visiting Faculty member (1-year, fixed-term, full-time appointment) in the undergraduate Therapeutic Recreation program in the Department of Human Performance and Sports Sciences. Duties: Primary duties include teaching undergraduate courses, participation in or support of development of opportunities for students to gain practical experience, research exposure, and service learning, pursuit of scholarship interests, participation in departmental and university service such as outcomes assessment, and professional service Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or a related field Preferred: Ph.D. or a doctoral candidate in recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution Teaching experience at the undergraduate level Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish departmental and university goals Evidence of ability to engage in scholarship Reputation as recognized scholar and/or teacher in field Experience with learning or program outcomes assessment Record of service to higher education and profession Salary: The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Closing date: May 2, 2014 Position Start Date: August 11, 2014 To apply, visit http://jobs.wssu.edu For more information about the position please contact Dr. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp during business hours at 336-750-3459 (voice), rippjc@wssu.edu, 336-750-3342 (fax). Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, PhD, LRT/CTRS Associate professor Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator Winston Salem State University Office: 336-750-3459 rippjc@wssu.edu

Sunday, March 16, 2014

USM Needs Your Help

From Prof. Nancy Richeson: Hello Recreational Therapist's - It is with great sadness that the University of Southern Maine's Recreation and Leisure Studies program is slated to be cut. The president and provost announced this news Friday afternoon. See newspaper for more information, although the information regarding the number of students they provided is incorrect. http://www.pressherald.com/news/USM_president_proposes_deep_cuts_in_faculty__staff__programs.html If RT's and leaders in the field could take 10 min. to email USM's administration it would helpful. Thank you for listening. President Theo Kalikow 207 780-4480 president@usm.maine.edu Provost Michael Stevenson 780-4485 780-4930 fax mstevenson@usm.maine.edu Dean Andrew Anderson 780-5585 aanders@usm.maine.edu

RT Opening in Maryland

Buckingham's Choice located near Frederick, Maryland is a Retirement Community seeking a Full-Time CTRS work along another CTRS to serve seniors. Please contact Kathleen.lieberson@emacommunities.org if interested.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

RT Opening in Oklahoma

Midwest Regional Medical Center located in Midwest City, Oklahoma is seeking a CTRS/L to serve inpatient adults & senior adults in mental health on part time & as needed basis. Please contact: Tammy Fowler @ 405-610-8248 ASAP or Patti Wimer @ 405-610-8579 if interested.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ATRA Seeking Nominations

ATRA is seeking qualified candidates for the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, and 2 Members at Large. Watch for an announcement and details about responsibilities and qualifications in the upcoming ATRA newsletter. Our committee needs your nomination information by March 30 so we may submit a slate to the Board by April 15.

CARTE Seeking Board Nominations

The Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE) is soliciting candidates for the following positions to serve as a board member: 1 - Educator Position (3 year term) 1 - Practitioner Position (3 year term) 1 - Student Member (1 year term) 1 - Public Member (1 year term) On April 19, 2010, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accepted ATRA as a sponsoring member and accepted CARTE as the accreditation mechanism (CAAHEP Council on Accreditation or CoA) for recreational therapy. The CARTE Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education, the CARTE Policies and Procedures, the CARTE By-Laws and other supporting material can be found at www.caahep.org/carte. The application deadline is set for April 1, 2014.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Clemson Registration Deadline Extended

Registration for the Clemson RT Workshop has been extended until March 11th. Hope to see you in Clemson!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

See you in Clemson?

Sure hope, if you can, that you will be in Clemson for the workshop to be held later this month. Really looking forward to it!