Norma J. Stumbo is currently retired after being at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois from 1984 to 2008.
She has taught subjects at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Western Sydney (Australia), and the Southern Institute of Technology (New Zealand).
Her professional work experience includes physical medicine and rehabilitation, long-term care, at-risk youth, independent living, and a women’s prison.
She has written and edited several books, including the following:
- Facilitation of Therapeutic Recreation Services: An Evidence-Based and Best Practice Approach to Processes and Techniques with Dr. Brad Wardlaw
- Therapeutic Recreation Program Design: Principles and Procedures (3rd-5th eds.) with Carol A. Peterson
- Client Outcomes in Therapeutic Recreation
- Client Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation
- Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (1st-3rd eds.)
- Study Guide for the National CTRS Certification Examination (1st-4th eds.) with Jean Folkerth
- Leisure Education I: A Manual of Activities and Resources (1st-2nd eds.)
- Leisure Education II: More Activities and Resources (1st-2nd eds.)
- Leisure Education III: More Activities and Resources
- Leisure Education IV: Activities for Individuals With Substance Abuse, and Intervention Activities for At-Risk Youth.
She has also published many refereed articles in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, and the American Journal of Recreation Therapy, as well as other journals.
She has presented over 400 research and educational sessions and scores of keynotes at state, national, and international conferences and conventions, and received awards at the international, national, regional, and local levels.
Stumbo received her PhD in leisure behavior/therapeutic recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she received her master’s and bachelor’s in recreation and park administration/therapeutic recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia.