Academy of Leisure Sciences
Academy of Leisure Sciences Newsletter
Dedicated to the Advancement of Leisure Sciences
Volume 3 • Issue #1 • March 2015
In looking back over the past year, many
exciting things have happened in the Academy
of Leisure Sciences (ALS).
• We had a successful ALS Teaching
Institute last February in Asilomar,
California. ALS members learned an
array of new teaching strategies.
• Our membership grew to more than
400 individual members; a portion
of which are the 20 universities 1
that have signed on as institutional
members! Thanks to the university/
college online membership option,
joining ALS has become easier than ever to do, and includes
free memberships for students (http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/membership#group).
• ALSnet, formerly SPREnet, has become a reliable communication
channel for our members and for our colleagues around
the globe. Appreciation is extended to Diane Samdahl and
Michael Bradley for leading this transition.
• Our initial fund-raising campaign (i.e., the ALA-ALS Challenge)
for the Future Scholars Endowment Fund 2 raised $3,680. This
amount was matched by the American Leisure Academy for a
grand total of $7,360.
• Finally, at the NRPA Congress in Charlotte, our annual meeting
was preceded the night before by a well-attended ALS-
We continue to accept donations to the ALA-ALS Challenge.
Since our annual meeting in October, we have raised an additional
$2,365! You can easily make a donation online at http://www.alsa.
org/donate/ or when your membership renewal is due. Thank you
so much to those who have donated.
From the Editor
We would like to hear from you! Please feel free
to send me ideas, text, and information about
upcoming events. The ALS Newsletter will continue
to grow as the organization grows.
Contact me at:
Penn State University
Announcing the 2015 Butler
Lecture Keynote Speaker
Director of the National Park Service
NRPA Annual Congress
Las Vegas, NV
September 15, 2015
Mr. Jarvis has broad experience in park management,
working his way through the ranks
from protection ranger to Regional Director
of the Pacific West Region prior to Director. In
2011, Director Jarvis led the charge in establishing
the Healthy Parks Healthy People U.S.
program to encourage a focus on parks as venues
for physical, mental, and emotional health
of individuals and communities.
Appalachian State University, Brigham Young University, Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo,
California State University Fresno, Dalhousie University, East Carolina University, Illinois State University, Indiana
University, Lindenwood University, Middle Tennessee State University, North Carolina State University, Texas
A&M, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, University of St.
Francis, University of Utah, Western Illinois University, and Western Kentucky University.
The ALS Future Scholars Program helps fund deserving graduate students who are interested in pursuing a
doctorate in recreation, leisure studies, or a related field to attend the NRPA Congress each year.
Other exciting developments in ALS include the creation of an operations manual, which will greatly assist
committee members as they complete their assignments. Efforts are also underway to create an ALS Strategic
Plan, which will help us set goals and determine the actions needed to achieve those goals.
The activities and successes cited above could not have happened without the help of many volunteer
leaders. The ALS Executive Committee has transitioned into the new ALS Board of Directors (BoD) structure
as outlined in our recently approved Constitution. The BoD meet (through conference calls) on a periodic
basis to conduct ALS business related to event planning, membership recruitment, research or teaching institutes,
and many other initiatives. Your current ALS BoD is as follows:
Past President, Alan Ewert
President, Barbara Schlatter
President-Elect, Mary Parr
Secretary, Maridith Janssen
Treasurer, Bill Stewart
Historian, Karla Henderson
Fellows Representative, Linda Caldwell
Director-at-Large, Carla Barbieri
Director-at-Large, Brian Greenwood
Director-at-Large, Ben Hickerson
ACADEMY ELECTS NEW FELLOWS
Laurence Chalip, Cory Johnson, and Gerard Kyle were elected as fellows to the Academy of Leisure Sciences.
They were inducted into to the Academy at a luncheon during the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte,
Dr. Laurence Chalip (PhD, University of Chicago), Professor and Head of Recreation,
Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a nationally
and internationally recognized scholar in the area of sport management and policy.
He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in the highest ranked journals
in the field, and over 30 book chapters and monographs. He examines the uses of
sport for policy issues specific to the sport industry, youth development, health promotion,
and community-based tourism. His research on sport fandom and ego involvement
in leisure contexts has profoundly influenced fellow scholars for the better
part of two decades. His groundbreaking work in the mid-1990s with Christine
Green, for example, made significant strides in understanding ego involvement with
sport, and they were among the first to trace developmental and interpersonal nuances in those spheres.
Dr. Corey Johnson (PhD, University of Georgia), Professor of Education at the University
of Georgia, has made numerous contributions to scholarship and practice
in recreation and leisure, particularly with respect to theoretical and content foci
around LGBTQ issues in leisure and recreation and qualitative methodological approaches.
As such, Dr. Johnson has emerged as one of the world’s foremost experts
with respect to feminist masculinities. His research on men and lived experiences of
people in sexual minority groups is noteworthy for its substantive insight and for the
range of methodologies he has employed to illuminate understanding of complex
Director-at-Large, Tyler Tapps
Director-at-Large, Stephanie West
Director-at-Large, Ramon Zabriskie
Sagamore partners: Peter Bannon and
As our organization continues to grow, the need is greater than ever for you to step up and volunteer your
time and talents. When you see the call for nominations for the BoD on ALSnet, consider nominating yourself
or a colleague for a position. By doing so, you will help advance our Academy as well as the understanding
of our profession.
Stay tuned for upcoming information about ALS-related events at the NRPA Congress in Las Vegas, including
the annual meeting, the ALS-LRS Social, the Butler Lecture, and the Quiz Bowl; Rho Phi Lambda; the 2016
ALS Teaching Institute; and much more.
Thank you for your involvement in and support of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.
BARBARA SCHLATTER, President
Academy of Leisure Sciences
social phenomena. His work has been innovative, creative, practical, and rigorous while creating spaces for
people often overlooked or excluded. Recently, ongoing autoethnographic work of other scholars into family
vacations and male social sport worlds has relied heavily on his insightful academic papers and book chapters.
His publication and presentation history testify to his expertise and ability to communicate his message
to diverse audiences.
Dr. Gerard Kyle (PhD Penn State), Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
at Texas A & M University, is a prolific researcher who has more than 60
peer-reviewed journal publications in Leisure Sciences, Journal of Leisure Research,
Environment and Behavior, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Environmental
Management, and more. He is at the forefront of advancing theoretical understanding
of leisure behavior in natural resource contexts. His work on place attachment
and enduring leisure involvement demonstrates tremendous discipline in maintaining
focus on understanding these constructs across varied natural resource settings
and diverse types of leisure participants. The fact that Dr. Kyle’s contributions appear
regularly in a broad range of academic journals is a clear indication of the impact of his work beyond
leisure studies and the extension of applications of leisure theory into other social science fields.
FUTURE SCHOLARS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS
Troy Carlton and Eric Layland were recognized as ALS Future Scholars during the Butler Lecture and at
subsequent Academy functions at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina. Troy’s mentor at
the Congress was Heather Gibson from the University of Florida. Eric’s mentor was Linda Caldwell from Penn
Troy, who is interested in
promoting physical activity and
community health through
sport and recreation, specifically
as it relates to children
and adolescents, is a master’s
student at North Carolina State
His goals are to stay involved
in Active Living Research initiatives
and to work with entities
impacting youth recreation in a
Name the mystery editor of the Journal of Leisure
Research whose name was not listed on page vi of the 40th
anniversary issue 2009, 41(3).
Send your answer to Rabel Burdge (a senior fellow of
the Academy) at email@example.com. He will reveal
the name of the mystery editor and the number who
answered correctly in the fall 2015 newsletter.
Eric, a graduate of Brigham
Young University, wants to focus
his research interest on leisure
forms and their impact on
individual (e.g., wounded veterans,
adolescents), social, and
psychological development as
well as male gender stigma in
sport and pasttimes.
His goals are to make research
contributions and to provide meaningful outreach to
working professionals and local communities.
2014 Future Scholars Committee
Brent Beggs (Illinois State University), Mike Edwards
(North Carolina State University), Deborah Kerstetter—Chair
(Penn State University), Lee Parfitt (University
of North Carolina at Greensboro), Katherine
Soule (University of California at San Luis Obispo),
and Tyler Tapps (Northwest Missouri State University)
MORE NEWS FROM THE NRPA CONGRESS
The recipient of the 2014 ALS Best Student Abstract
Award was given to Christine Wegner, a PhD candidate
at Temple University. She and her coauthors,
Brianna Clark and Deborah Blair, were recognized
for their paper, “Constraint Negotiation Through a
Running Group for Black Women.”
2014 ALS Best Student Abstract Award Committee
Kevin Fink (Oklahoma State University), Kevin Fink (Oklahoma
State University), Edwin Gomez (Old Dominion University),
Laura Payne (University of Illinois), Jim Sibthorp (University
of Utah), and Tyler Tapps (Oklahoma State University).
Godbey named NRPA’s 2014
Geoffrey C. Godbey,
professor emeritus of
recreation, park and
(RPTM) at Penn State,
was awarded the
and Park Association
Past president of the
Academy of Leisure
Sciences, Godbey obtained
from Penn State. He
has authored 10 books and more than 100 articles
concerning leisure, work, time use, aging, recreation
and parks, tourism, health, and the future. “I can
think of no other academic who is more deserving
of this award consideration,” said Karla Henderson,
professor emeritus of parks, recreation, and tourism
management at North Carolina State University.
While he is retired from Penn State, “…he remains
highly connected to the parks and recreation field.
Geof was the co-founder and is currently the editor
of Venture Publishing Inc., which has been a critical
publisher for leisure, recreation, and park literature
for classroom use…” Godbey has undertaken research
for the American Association of Retired Persons, the
U.S. Forest Service, the National Recreation Foundation
and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He
has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation;
State Government of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and
the U.S. Department of the Interior; as well as many
advertising agencies and public and private recreation,
park and tourism organizations. Godbey has
testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and
the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors.
A frequent public speaker to diverse groups, he has
given invited presentations in 24 countries. Recently,
Godbey has conducted research on the impact of
ethnic change on outdoor recreation, relations between
health and use of leisure, and the impact of
changing demographics on the tourism function of
the National Park Service. (See here http://news.psu.
THOUGHTS, PRONOUNCEMENTS, AND MORE
With the introduction of this new section, we hope
to provide members with an opportunity to provoke
thinking about issues that impact our profession.
Responses should be directed to the Newsletter
Editor, Deb Kerstetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Death of Leisure in Academia?
I am thrilled that the visibility of studying leisure
remains alive and well through the reincarnation of
the Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) into an open
membership organization. I believe this organization
can unify what has resulted in the specialization silos
of our field especially in higher education. I am, however,
feeling like a salmon trying to swim upstream
in waters that have now been dammed (damned?)
when I continue to advocate that leisure is the basis
for the curricula that we teach in our field. I have no
answers for the dilemma I believe our field now faces.
Further, I realize that many people do not believe
a dilemma exists. I am, however, not yet ready to let
leisure die in professional education or in practice. In
this essay I try to lay out some of my concerns.
I do believe the study of leisure remains somewhat
robust with the popularity of journals such as Journal
of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Leisure Studies,
Leisure/Loisir, World Leisure Journal, Annals of Leisure
Research, and other new journals coming mainly
from Asia (e.g., Journal of Leisure and Recreation
Studies (Korean), Journal of Zhejiang University, Leisure
International Journal). Unfortunately, not every
article in these leisure journals always uses leisure as
the lens for analysis. I lament that the connections of
leisure with areas such as recreation, parks, tourism,
therapeutic recreation, and sport management are
pretty much gone.
The connection of leisure to parks and recreation
has been advocated as well as contended over the
years. Charles Brightbill, a prominent leader in the
parks and recreation movement, was also the author
of The Challenge of Leisure (1960), which I interpreted
as a call to action for parks and recreation
academics and practitioners to do something about
the “problem” of leisure. This call to action was evidenced
in the creation by NRPA of the Journal of
Leisure Research in 1969 and further by creating the
Leisure Research Symposium (LRS) in 1978.
Based on Brightbill’s work as well as the growing
literature about leisure (e.g., DeGrazia’s (1962) Of
Time, Work, and Leisure, Peiper’s (1952) Leisure: The
Basis of Culture), the 1970s–1980s saw a number of
communities adding leisure services into their name
as well as many universities using leisure associated
with parks and recreation. However, by the 1990s,
many academics and practitioners realized how misunderstood
leisure was. Very few communities or
universities today have leisure remaining in their
names. Instead of trying to help people understand
the value of leisure as a social good, most professionals
chose to divorce themselves from the word, just
as NRPA has now done.
Today, it appears that NRPA wants nothing to do
with the idea of leisure. Leisure appears nowhere in
current NRPA documents. After over 37 years, the
LRS has now become the NRPA Research Sessions.
If NRPA wants to divorce itself from leisure, then the
renaming of LRS makes sense. Fortunately, NRPA as
well as other human services organizations, recognizes
that research (of some sort) is important. Some
leisure researchers have questioned the marriage to
NRPA for some time, especially when we look around
the world and see that Canada, the UK, and Australia/New
Zealand leisure research organizations have
never been connected formally to recreation practitioners.
The changes occurring in NRPA leading up to 2014
further reflect what Rabel Burdge argued for in 1985
with his JLR article on “The coming separation of leisure
studies from parks and recreation education.” At
that time, Geof Godbey and Doug Sessoms, among
others, argued that leisure studies was the foundation
for professional work. Burdge, however, saw the
theories of leisure and the application to practice as
poor fits. Burdge’s analysis 30 years ago has come to
I concluded several years ago that using leisure
in names of organizations or departments was not
working because we, as a field, were not willing to
defend it. I also came to believe that professional
practice was largely about recreation activities and
recreation was a better term associated with professional
preparation and practice. Leisure is about
personal behavior and recreation is about activities
of all kinds. Agencies and businesses can offer and
promote recreation activities but cannot make people
experience leisure. Nevertheless, to know how to
facilitate opportunities requires that we know something
about leisure behavior.
Unfortunately, recreation also is no longer a term
that resonates with many academics especially as
specialization in specific areas has grown. Not only is
leisure out of favor but so is recreation. My own department
at NCSU in discussing a new name for our
graduate degree program last year eschewed recreation
as any part of the degree name. My argument
with my colleagues then, which continues today, is
that recreation is what gives us identity, cohesion,
If our broad field is not about leisure or about recreation,
then we have no unique identity in pulling
together our specializations. We are headed back to
where our field came from decades ago when recreation
and parks could be found in other academic
disciplines and not as a defined curriculum and area
of research. If both leisure and recreation are dead,
we are now defining a new field, which in my opinion
has nothing to adhere to as its core. Of course we are
about “quality of life” and “well-being” and “health”
and “justice” and “environmental sustainability” but
so are many other professions.
I am hopeful that the new ALS can revive the focus
on leisure regardless of the disparate specialties
that exist in our broad field. I believe we need specialties
in various areas of recreation, but I am also
concerned that unless we can identify what holds
these specialties together, then we should let this
The evening of the 8th, Jeff Bradybough,
Superintendent of Zion National
Park welcomed everyone to
Utah. He spoke about the National
Park Service’s new Public Engagement
Campaign inclusive of the “Find Your
Park” program (See here http://www.
broad field divide into disciplines that better fit the
specialty. For example, parks are closely aligned with
forestry and environmental sciences, public recreation
with public administration, sport management
with business, therapeutic recreation with allied
health, tourism with business or economics. Perhaps
we should head in these directions and let academic
programs dissolve and merge with other more closely
The challenge is to find ways that ALS can serve to
unite our academic interests. Perhaps ALS can help
to show how leisure isn’t a dirty word, and that its
foundation related to human behavior is the basis
for all related specialties. Perhaps it can help us take
pride in how leisure is necessary as a foundation
for specialties. I hope ALS gives us the chance to revision
leisure and its importance in everyone’s life,
and how our specialties facilitate human growth and
social equity through recreation activities and leisure
Professor Emeritus (and Leisurist)
North Carolina State University
INCREDIBLE SCENERY, WONDERFUL FOOD, AND SUPERB
COMPANIONSHIP LEAD TO MORE THAN A GOOD TIME!
On February 8,
30 faculty from
the country arrived
at Zion Ponderosa
Zion National Park
in southern Utah.
Anticipating cramped quarters, long days, and subpar
food, all were impressed by what was to become
three days of interactive and valuable exchanges of
“It was a great experience for me on many
levels. The location was amazing and I do think
it contributed to the success of the conference.
The opportunity to interact with other faculty
and administrator was very helpful
and informative. I gained knowledge
and insights I can bring back to
my college and programs.”
terpiece-2016). The latter program is designed “to
encourage people to find a connection to a place or
story that provides inspiration and enjoyment.” Albeit
in a different context, a similar sentiment was
expressed the following morning by Dr. Bob Cipriano.
Bob, who wrote Facilitating a Collegial Department
in Higher Education: Strategies for Success (published
by Jossey-Bass), challenged all in attendance to consider
how they connect to and inspire their own faculty.
He effectively used storytelling, case studies,
even play acting to facilitate conversation about effective
leadership in recreation, park and tourism departments.
The conversation Bob started continued
into late afternoon with the aide of
Denise Anderson (Clemson University)
and Fran Daly (Kean University).
Denise and her discussants (Garry Ellis,
Texas A & M; Deb Kerstetter, Penn
State; Laurence Chalip, University of Illinois;
Kelly Bricker, University of Utah,
and Heather Gibson, University of Florida)
focused on issues facing graduate
degree granting institutions while Fran
and her discussants David Vaught of
Missouri State University, addressed
issues more common to programs
primarily focused on providing undergraduate
degrees. The results of both
discussions were shared
later that evening after
all were treated to a social
hour and a wonderful
“It was great meeting
people from all
different types of
programs. I think this
type of experience is
valuable as you get
an appreciation for
the issues of the field as a whole. For example,
knowing what the teaching intensive programs
need from our PhDs was very valuable.”
Recognizing the many issues facing higher education
today, Dean David Perrin, College of Health at
the University of Utah and Dean Mark Searle, Deputy
Provost and Chief of Staff, School of Community Resources
and Development in the College of Public Programs
at Arizona State University were invited by the
organizing committee (i.e., Kelly Bricker, University of
Utah; Kathy Andereck, Arizona State University; Patti
Freeman, Brigham Young University) to share their
thoughts with attendees. Both Deans challenged everyone
to: pay attention to “local” politics; align their
department’s strategic mission with that of their college
or school; create new pedagogical models that
will attract students who started university degrees
but never finished (see Lumina Foundation initiative);
create innovative strategies with students and
alumni to recruit and retain students, particularly
freshmen; develop new revenue streams; promote
their successes to internal and external constituents;
the value of an education, especially the parks, recreation,
and tourism sector (see here http://www.
pdf), and much more.
“I always look forward to this event. It provides
the opportunity to step away from the
demands of the office, share challenges and
success with other leaders and expand one’s
perspective on the management of our departments.
Provided with a bag lunch and transportation, the
last day ended with a hike through Zion National Park
and dinner in Springdale, UT.
“It was a great experience for me on many
levels. The location was amazing and I do think
it contributed to the success of the conference.
The opportunity to interact with other faculty
and administrator was very helpful and informative.
I gained knowledge and insights I can bring
back to my college and programs.”
“I always leave the academic leadership conference
feeling energized from what I learn and
getting to interact with peers…”
Look for an announcement about next year’s meeting
on ALSnet and in the September newsletter.
Please plan to attend!
Editor, ALS Newsletter
Dave White, associate professor in the School of
Community Resources and Development, has been
elected to the International Association for Society
and Natural Resources, the largest interdisciplinary
society for resource management professionals in
the world. He will serve on its council through 2018.
(See here https://copp-community.asu.edu/content/
Wendy Hultsman, an associate professor and director
of undergraduate programs in the School of
Community Resources and Development, part of the
College of Public Service and Community Solutions
at Arizona State University, pledged $50,000 to endow
a scholarship for students interested in pursuing
a certificate in special events. “My biggest impact on
the community is the events we produce,” she says,
adding that she hopes the scholarship recipients
“understand the importance of events in impacting
others’ quality of life. That is what events do.”
(See here https://asunews.asu.edu/20150203-professor-scholarship-fund)
Corey Johnson, a professor of Education at the
University of Georgia, continues to work with the
organization he co-founded in 2009, the Georgia
Safe Schools Coalition (GSSC). The organization has
distributed more than 1,000 resource manuals to
schools in Georgia and has helped 54% of the state
adopt enumerated bullying policies for sexual identity
and 40% for gender identity/expression. That
equates to over 800,000 students in Georgia going to
school with this explicit protection. More about the
documentaries, the organization and its progress can
be viewed at www.georgiasafeschoolscoaliton.org.
As a result of Dr. Johnson’s contributions, the Atlanta
This new section of the newsletter will focus on the
successes of departments around the country. Use
this platform to let your colleagues know about innovative
initiatives that have raised the profile of your
department, your colleagues, your students, and/or
The price of nature: ASU students
research county parks, visitor fees
Milo Neild (UG student) and Eric Steffey (PhD
candidate) and undergraduate students from ASU’s
parks and recreation management department will
be using a grant from the Central Arizona Conservation
Alliance to gain insight into park visitors’ level of
acceptance of fees at three Maricopa County Regional
Parks. “It’s an amazing opportunity on so many
levels, not only with Milo being an undergraduate
student … but also myself as a PhD student, having
the opportunity to mentor somebody through the
whole process of conducting research,” says Steffey.
(See here https://asunews.asu.edu/20141124-parkresearch-grant)
Pride Committee selected him as one of the top 40
educators in Georgia working for social justice. Dr.
Johnson and the GSSC were the Grand Marshalls of
the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade.
The Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies faculty
and students at Old Dominion University (ODU)
were recently recognized with the ODU Community
Service Award for their community-based service and
research with afterschool programs, special events,
the local tourism bureau, state parks, and more.
The Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration
(JPRA), the official publication of the American
Academy for Park and Recreation Administration,
has named “Public Park and Recreation Managers’
Experiences with Health Partnerships,” (See here
as Best Paper for 2014. Toni Liechty (University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign), Andrew Mowen (Penn
State), Laura Payne (University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign), Karla Henderson (North Carolina State
University), Jason Bocarro (North Carolina State
University), Candice Bruton (UNC Greensboro) and
Geoffrey Godbey (Penn State) are the authors of the
Documenting how to reach diverse
urban youth through key messaging
and various media forums
Faculty from San Francisco State University’s department
of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, Broadcast
and Electronic and Communication Arts, and Child
& Adolescent Development are collaborating with a
local nonprofit organization—Bayview Hunters Point
Center for Art and Technology—to understand what
messages and media channels work best in awakening
and strengthening urban youth’s connection to
the land. A final report of their findings will be completed
later this spring. For more information, please
contact Nina Roberts at email@example.com.
Helping Kentuckians generate an
outdoor recreation-based economy
Dr. Michael Bradley and Dr. Ryan Sharp have codirected
projects to help local communities attain
designation as a Kentucky Trail Town.
(See here http://www.kentuckytourism.
most recent effort, with the help of undergraduate
and graduate students as well as adjunct instructor
Julie Sharp and Steve Chen from Morehead State
University, has involved surveying visitors and
residents, working with city leaders to identify
potential outdoor recreation opportunities and
develop a community interpretation plan. The data
collected will be used to assist local businesses with
customer service training and completing the trail
town application process. (See here http://www.
Sport and Event Management major
sequence approved at High Point
A new Sport and Event Management (SEM) major
sequence has been added to the B.A in Communication
at High Point University in North Carolina, beginning
in the fall of 2015. This major is unusually located
in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
as there are no current leisure, recreation, hospitality,
or tourism departments at the liberal arts university.
The sequence will consist of two tracks, one
in Sport Management (SMG) and another in Event
Management (EMG); minors in both disciplines, currently
with 90 and 60 students, respectfully, will continue.
While the two tracks represent distinct academic
disciplines, the sequence unites them through
the inclusion of a common communication core and
cross-over electives designed to position graduates
with highly desired communication skills as they enter
the workforce. Dr. Vern Biaett, assistant professor
of Events Management, directs the EMG track.
The 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute
February 24-26, 2016
Hosted by East Carolina University
Greenville serves as the gateway to a variety of natural resource areas throughout the North Carolina
coastal plain to explore and enjoy. Ranked among the best performing small metros in the United States by
the Milken Institute, Greenville is home to East Carolina University, many arts and science expositions, and
to the Brody School of Medicine.
Nominations for ALS Awards
Nominations for four Academy of Leisure Sciences 2015 Awards: a) Leadership for the future; b) Innovation
in Teaching; c) Excellence in Teaching; and d) Distinguished Colleague have been announced and are due
May 1, 2015 to the respective award committee chair whose contact information is listed on the nomination
forms (see here http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/news/2015-als-nomination-forms). Given that
we are on an “off year” of the Teaching Institute, the award winners will be honored at the Academy of Leisure
Sciences yearly meeting, this year in conjunction with the annual gathering of NRPA in Las Vegas, NV.
More details on the scheduling of those events will be forthcoming.
Awards programs are vital to academic careers and therefore, ALS has made it a priority to be sure our colleagues
and their important work continue to be recognized. Please do take some time to think about worthy
students or colleagues who might be deserving of these honors and take the time from your busy schedules
to consider putting together a nomination. Rich applicant pools are vital to successful of awards programs.
The Academy of
Academy of Leisure Sciences
Members of the Academy
Lowell Caneday, Linda Caldwell, Heather Gibson, Walter Kuentzel
ALS Fellows Committee
DATE: January 16, 2015
RE: Call for Nominations of Prospective Fellows
You are cordially invited to make up to two nominations for prospective fellows in the Academy
of Leisure Sciences. The following criteria should be considered as you propose candidates
1. The individual should have demonstrated competence in professional activities over a
considerable period of time (10-15 years). Included in this consideration of eligibility
are such factors as:
(a) quality as well as quantity of contributions to the literature in the field; (b) recognition
of leadership and extensive participation in professional associations or
(c) acknowledged outstanding performance as a teacher, leader, administrator, practitioner,
or researcher in the field of leisure sciences.
2. A willingness to further the goals of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and participate
actively (broadly defined) in its affairs.
Please submit one Biographical Data form, one letter of nomination, and one letter of support for the
nominee by email to the person and address noted (access the forms here http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/news/call-nominations-prospective-fellows).
The Biographical Data form is in lieu of a vita; it is
a computer-fillable form to assure that we get comparable information on all prospective fellows. Please create/collect
materials and send all documents by email. We are utilizing a paperless process for nominations
and balloting. The Nominations Committee will compile all documents into one pdf document and distribute
it to the membership for voting.