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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, June 21, 2017

Almost 600 on RT Listserv

I just saw that 593 individuals are now on the RecreationalTherapynet listserv.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RT Opening

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT!! Valley Behavioral Health is now accepting applications for a full time Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The hospital is located in Barling, AR (a couple miles outside of Fort Smith) on several acres which includes a small pond, a paved walking trail and open field for games like kickball, ultimate Frisbee, etc. The department has a half gym with one basketball goal, an art room and small kitchen. We currently have 6 units (children, acute adolescent, 2 subacute adolescent, 2 adult units). If you have any questions please contact Sheri at 479-494-5700 ext 1698 Sheri.kelley@valleybehavioral.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Faculty Position with RT Assistant Program

Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, is accepting applications for Coordinator/Instructor for the Recreational Therapy Assistant program. The two-year program has approximately 25 students and was established in 1989. Graduates earn their “Licensed Recreational Therapy Assistant” (LRTA) credential from the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. The successful applicant must be a licensed RT in NC before beginning work, and must be able to manage and facilitate a high ropes course. The College is located in Morganton, North Carolina, 45 minutes from Asheville and 90 minutes from Charlotte, NC. The western part of NC offers wonderful outdoor opportunities. To apply, go to: https://wpcc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1079

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mental Health Month

May is National Mental Health Month.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

RT Faculty Position at Lehman

Lehman College is still actively recruiting a faculty member (open rank) with a doctoral degree and CTRS for a full-time position in a growing program. Located in the Bronx, NYC, the combined recreation/TR BS and MS degree programs have over 220 students. Many opportunities for collaboration, research, faculty development and leadership on campus and with an extensive network of agencies and alumni. Responsibilities include teaching, service and scholarship. If interested, please apply now! http://cuny.jobs/bronx-ny/faculty-open-rank-recreation-health-sciences/8B3F8CC5805448DA90EC81E073DC449F/job/ Robin Kunstler, Re.D., CTRS Professor and Program Director Recreation Education and Therapy Department of Health Sciences Lehman College of CUNY Bronx, NY 10468 Office: APEX 269 Phone: 718-960-8589

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Recreationl Therapy Listserv

584 now on the RT listserv Recreationaltherapynet

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES The Temple University College of Public Health (CPH), devoted to an innovative multidisciplinary educational and research environment that brings a transdisciplinary perspective of health, wellness, and social welfare, seeks outstanding educators and scholars to teach in our Therapeutic Recreation program beginning Fall Semester 2017. The Department. We welcome candidates who will bring strength in teaching to our nationally-acclaimed Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program enrolling approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students. The program is in a unique interdisciplinary Department of Rehabilitation Sciences that includes nationally recognized academic programs in Therapeutic Recreation (B.S. and M.S.) and Occupational Therapy (M.O.T and D.O.T. degrees), as well as the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (www.tucollaborative.org), an internationally recognized research and training center. Position and Qualifications. Duties will include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the Therapeutic Recreation or Health Related Professions curricula. It may also include providing academic supervision for student internships, academic and career advising, scholarly activities with students, as well as college, professional and community service. Applicants should have an advanced degree in therapeutic recreation, disability studies, psychology, or other related disciplines. A PhD is preferred, but doctoral students nearing degree completion or persons with a Master’s degree and substantial practice experience will be considered. An active and current certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) is required. Experience in college teaching is highly desirable as is supervision of graduate level research. The College. The College of Public Health, a constellation of 9 academic units of public health, health profession and social work disciplines, enrolls nearly 4,600 students in 51 academic programs. The College has seen remarkable growth and organizational expansion in configuration of programs, research profile, increase in rankings, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The College’s research programs focus on clinical interventions, social, behavioral, and environmental inquiries, and basic science, and is sponsored by NIH, NSF, and other major funders. The University. Temple is an urban, research-intensive university located in Philadelphia. The University is moving up quickly in rankings. For example, Temple is ranked by the National Science Foundation as among the top 100 universities in the country for research. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the U.S. and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Dentistry. Temple is located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination. Appointment may be made at the rank of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor on the non-tenure instructional track dependent on qualifications. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with credentials and experience. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until positions are filled. Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of teaching and research interests, and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3-5 professional references to Gena Bell Vargas, PhD, CTRS at gena.vargas@temple.edu.