Lee J. deLisle is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University. He teaches courses in event management, entertainment management, and contemporary issues in leisure studies. He also serves as the chair of the Graduate Council for the university.
He previously taught and served as department chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Western Michigan University.
deLisle worked for 10 years as the director of Parks and Recreation in Groton, Connecticut.
deLisle authored the text Creating Special Events for Sagamore Publishing in 2009 with a second edition in 2014 and coauthored the text The Story of Leisure in 1998 with Jay Shivers.
He has contributed research articles to the World Leisure Journal, Revista de Ciencas de la Activitad Fisica y del Deporte, the Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, SCHOLE, and publications for the National and Recreation and Park Association and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association.
He served as chair of the NRPA Education Network, 2014–2015, and previously on the SCHOLE Board of Directors. He is a contributing member of the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and a consultant for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He also served on the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors.
deLisle and his wife, flautist Rhonda Larson, divide their time between their homes in Killingworth, Connecticut, and Roccantica, Italy.