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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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

A Very Happy New Year to RTs every where!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to RTs everywhere!!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Faculty Position at Pittsburg State University

The Health, Human Performance and Recreation Department of Pittsburg State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and also have the ability and desire to develop a strong Therapeutic Recreation program that actively involves undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include courses required for the B.S. in Recreation, emphasis courses in Therapeutic Recreation, with the possibility of others within the HHPR Department. In addition, there will be shared supervision of student internships. Additional expectations include advising students, active involvement in professional organizations, service to the college and community, and commitment to student success. PSU's Therapeutic Recreation program is the only college program within the state of Kansas. Minimum Requirements: It is preferred applicants have completed a Ph.D./Ed.D. in Recreation or closely related field. ABD Candidates or candidates with a Master’s degree pursuing a Ph,D,/Ed.D. in Recreation or closely related field will be considered. ABD Candidates or candidates with a Master’s degree pursuing a Ph.D./Ed.D in Recreation or closely related field will be considered. Candidate must currently hold the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification, experience in a university setting and/or work experience in the TR field. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D./Ed.D. in Recreation or closely related field, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, teaching experience in a university setting, and work experience in the TR field. Date of first consideration: 2/1/15. Position open until filled. Criminal background check is required. Position contingent upon funding. Pittsburg State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. For more information contact Laura Covert (lcovert@pittstate.edu) or visit the following the link: http://www.pittstate.edu/jobs/HHPR006850 Laura Covert, Assistant Professor, MS, CTRS, Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Student Recreation Center, RM 102 Pittsburg State University

Friday, December 05, 2014

Faculty Position at WSSU

The Therapeutic Recreation Program is excited to offer an opportunity for a full time tenure track position in the Human Service Studies Department. Primary duties for the Assistant Professor position include teaching undergraduate recreation and therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy (TR/RT) courses; advising and mentoring students in the major; scholarly work which results in publication, participation in the development and support of opportunities for students to gain practical experiences through internships and service learning, and participation in departmental, university, community, and professional service. Required qualifications are a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field along with at least one degree/emphasis in therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy, evidence of ability to engage in scholarship, evidence of ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to accomplish program, department, and university goals, current certification as a CTRS from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, and eligibility to acquire licensure through the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. Review of applications begins immediately, and applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Position Start Date: August 6, 2015. Feel free to visit the University and TR Program websites to explore further. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp at rippjc@wssu.edu. Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, PhD, LRT/CTRS Associate professor Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator Winston Salem State University Office: 336-750-3459 rippjc@wssu.edu

SRTS has Student/Practitioner Scholarships

The Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) is excited to again offer student and first-year practitioner scholarships to the symposium being held April 1-3, 2015 in Savannah, GA. Attached is a letter announcing the scholarships and accompanying application. Please note the early deadline for application submission has been extended to February 1, 2015. Additional information about SRTS and applications are also accessible on our web site, srts.info

Thursday, December 04, 2014

ECU Chair Position

Please note that the screening date for this position begins December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Position Announcement Department Chair, Recreation & Leisure Studies East Carolina University Direct link to apply on-line: ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=76417 The Department: We aim to enhance the quality of life for all through recreation services in a wide range of settings. We are one of three departments in the College of Health and Human Performance, and we offer undergraduate degrees in recreational therapy and recreation and park management and a graduate degree in recreation services and interventions with concentrations in recreational therapy administration and recreation and park administration; we also offer two graduate certificates: Aquatic Therapy and Biofeedback. We are linked with the Center for Sustainable Tourism, the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Brody School of Medicine, and other units. Our department is well established and includes 18 faculty members and approximately 220 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. We are a rich and vibrant community of scholars. Our vision is to be a national leader in Health Intervention, Recreation Program Leadership, Community Recreation Planning, and Coastal Recreation and Tourism. Please visit our web page: www.ecu.edu/rcls Job Description: The Chair of Recreation and Leisure Studies is the leader of the department and is responsible for promoting quality instruction and mentoring; fostering research productivity that positively impacts eastern North Carolina and beyond; and applying expertise in innovative ways that benefit collaborators from campus, the community and the discipline. As the department administrator, the Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. Minimum Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Recreation and Leisure Studies or related field; demonstrated administrative effectiveness; demonstrated record of scholarship and teaching effectiveness commensurate with tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor and appointment to the University Graduate Faculty; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with faculty members, administrators and students; and commitment to diversity in higher education. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with accreditation is preferred. Special Instructions to Applicants: Salary is competitive and commensurate with professional background and experience. Application screening begins December 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. The preferred start date is July 2015. In addition to a candidate profile, candidates must also submit the following documents online: (1) letter of application addressing position description, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) leadership statement. Candidates must also submit three letters of reference and copies of transcripts to: Stephanie Boyd, East Carolina University, 401 Ficklen Drive/Mailstop #559, Greenville, NC 27858. Criminal background check and proper documentation of identity and employability is required at the time of employment. ECU Statement: East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status, race/ethnicity, color, creed, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or political affiliation. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY). Proper documentation of identity and employability is required at time of employment. Please direct questions to: Prof. Stacey Altman-Chair, RCLS Search Committee College of Health & Human Performance / East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858-4353 / (252) 328-2973 / altmans@ecu.edu

Monday, December 01, 2014

NIH RT Position Opening

Full Time Recreation Therapist National Institutes of Health The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health is the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. The CRC has 234 inpatient beds, 82 day hospital stations and 15 outpatient clinics. Recreation Therapists at the Clinical Center are integral health care team members who provide and coordinate patient care in a research setting. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) intervene in the disease process, improve health status, improve or maintain functional capacities and contribute to quality of life. The Recreation Therapist position is located in the Recreation Therapy Section of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department. Recreation therapy services are offered through pediatric and adult programs. The Recreation Therapist will assess, develop and implement treatment plans for individual patients directed toward physical, psycho-social and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as promoting successful community re-integration. This position will work with patients with complex medical conditions seen at the Clinical Research Center. The ideal candidate will be a Certified Recreation Therapist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. For more specific questions regarding the position, please contact: Donna L. Gregory CTRS, MBA Chief, Recreation Therapy Section 301-496-2278 gregorydo@cc.nih.gov The vacancy announcement with the mandatory qualifications and application instructions can be viewed during the open and close dates listed below by visiting www.usajobs.opm.gov Announcement Number: NIH-CC-DE-15-1225102 – Recreation Therapist. Open Date: 12/7/2014, Close Date: 12/11/2014. Questions on application procedures may be addressed to the HR Specialist on 301-594-2316. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on 12/11/2014. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers Donna Gregory, MBA, CTRS Chief Recreation Therapy