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, November 12, 2015

M.S. Level Position at Grand Valley State

Grand Valley State University’s Therapeutic Recreation program is looking for a Master’s level CTRS to join our team. Located in beautiful West Michigan (close to Tulip Time in the spring, Lake Michigan beaches in the summer, beautiful fall colors, and skiing in the winter), this is a full-year position with primary responsibilities of teaching 3-4 TR specific courses/year and placement coordination for students’ junior level fieldwork and senior-level internship. Our program is designed to accept 40 students/year through a secondary admission process, so students apply for the program during their sophomore year and then complete the program over their junior and senior year (including the two placements, fieldwork after their junior year and internship after their senior year). This position requires certification as a CTRS, experience in the field as a practitioner, and a Master’s degree level of education. Those with teaching experience would be preferred. What we have to offer? Exceptional students, strong university support for Therapeutic Recreation, 4 TR faculty members, an interprofessional environment in the College of Health Professions, a strong curriculum (TR is the oldest health profession program at GVSU), a new building with designated TR space (2018), a state of the art simulation lab with standard patients, strong community support, outstanding alumni and a strong presence of TR professionals in the city and state… I could go on and on. If you are interested or want to learn more, visit for a position description and information on how to apply OR contact me with your questions. Thank you! Dawn De Vries, DHA, MPA, CTRS Assistant Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Grand Valley State University President (2015-2016), American Therapeutic Recreation Association 212 College of Health Sciences Grand Rapids MI 49503 Direct: (616) 331.5553


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