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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Assistant Professor of Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation

We are excited to announce a position in Therapeutic Recreation at WWU in beautiful Bellingham, WA. We hope everyone is having a rejuvenating summer. 
Assistant Professor of Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation
About the Position: Assistant Professor of Recreation in the area of Therapeutic Recreation. Full-time tenure-track position beginning September 2015.
About the College/Department: The PEHR Department, located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has a full-time faculty of 15, and offers five degree programs including a B.A. in Recreation, B.S. in Community Health, B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, B.A. in Education in Physical Education and Health, and a M.S. degree in Human Movement and Performance. The Department is one of the oldest and largest professional programs at Western Washington University. The University and Department are committed to diversity as a fundamental value and strive to achieve it by recruiting and retaining a diverse campus community.  

Program: The Recreation Program is accredited by the Council on Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and has received commendation for its unique cohort curriculum that stresses active learning and strong student-faculty relations. The program provides course work and faculty advising that meets requirements for eligibility to sit for the NCTRC exam, with exam pass rates far exceeding the national average. In addition to its philosophy of professional study based in principles of social justice and liberal education, the Recreation Program features an innovative phased curriculum. "The Phase" is a four-part sequence of courses which students typically enter in the spring of their sophomore year and finish the fall of their senior year. Approximately 60 students enter and complete the four blocks of phases together as a community of learners. For more information about the Recreation Program please visit
Position Responsibilities: Teach courses in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration (Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation; Therapeutic Recreation Program Design; Therapeutic Recreation Principles, Practices, and Techniques; and Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues). Teach core courses in the curriculum (e.g., senior capstone, foundations, evaluation). Develop and conduct program of research in Therapeutic Recreation. Seek internal and external funding. Provide service to the program, department, university, community, and profession. Supervise interns. Advise undergraduate majors and assist Therapeutic Recreation advisees with National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) standards. Participate in regular student retreats and fieldtrips. Provide program leadership and contribute to planning program activities.
Required Qualifications:
Earned doctorate in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation or a closely related field by date of appointment
Demonstrated success teaching courses in Therapeutic Recreation and the core curriculum
Evidence of an established area of research related to Therapeutic Recreation
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including colleagues and students
Certification with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) by date of appointment
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in facilitating service learning and supervising professional internships
Evidence of administrative experience and the capacity to provide overall program leadership
Experience in curriculum development
Demonstrated experience in seeking internal and external funding
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). (see:
You will need to use Internet Explorer to fully utilize the online application system. 

A cover letter specifically addressing the qualifications, vita or resume, and graduate transcript copies are required. Additionally, please have three letters of reference sent directly to Sue Hutchings, Search Coordinator, via mail or email (contact information below).
Other Information: Inquiries about the position may be made to: Sue Hutchings, PEHR Department, Western Washington University, Carver 102 - MS 9067, 516 High Street Bellingham, WA 98225-9067,
Job Posted: 6/12/2014


Keith C. Russell, Ph.D. | Professor and Coordinator

Recreation Degree Program

College of Humanities & Social Sciences


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