A Career With Meaning, 2nd ed. [etext]

Recreation, Parks, Sport Management, Hospitality, and Tourism
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Editor(s): Keri A. Schwab
Cheryl L. Stevens
Lawrence R. Allen
Emilyn A. Sheffield
James F. Murphy

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A Career with Meaning is a tailor made journey that enables individuals to match their core beliefs and values with numerous professional opportunities within the leisure industry.

Leading experts provide detailed discussion and insight for 11 primary areas related to recreation, parks, sport management, hospitality and tourism.

Once you have identified and matched your values with a specific area, you will start planning your personal road map to a successful and rewarding career with the chapter “Preparing for a Career in Recreation.”

Keri Schwab talks about the book:

Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1
Recreation and Leisure in North American Life
Cheryl L. Stevens and Keri A. Schwab

Chapter 2
Understanding Careers in Recreation, Parks, Sport Management, Hospitality, and Tourism
Cheryl L. Stevens and Keri A. Schwab

Chapter 3
Community Recreation and Leisure Services
Clifton Watts and Kindal Shores

Chapter 4
Recreation in Nonprofit Organizations
Jo An M. Zimmermann

Chapter 5
Armed Forces Recreation
Token D. Barnthouse and Asuncion T. Suren

Chapter 6
Outdoor Recreation in Federal, State, and Local Parks
William Hendricks, Tony Sisto, and Cheryl L. Stevens

Chapter 7
Recreational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation
Richard Williams and Thomas K. Skalko

Chapter 8
Campus Recreation, Leisure, and Intramurals
Doug Kennedy and Tina M. Aldrich

Chapter 9
Sport Management and Sport Teams
Robert J. Barcelona

Chapter 10
Event Management
Emilyn Sheffield and Polly Crabtree

Chapter 11
The Hospitality Industry
Morgan W. Geddie, Yao-Yi Fu, and Chang Lee

Chapter 12
Travel and Tourism
Vinod Sasidharan and Greg Shaw

Chapter 13
Commercial Recreation and Leisure Businesses
Paige P. Viren and Jim Greiner

Chapter 14
Preparing for a Career in Recreation
Craig M. Ross

Chapter 15
Forces Shaping the Future
James Murphy and Daniel Dustin

About the Editor(s)

Keri A. Schwab

Keri Schwab, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She teaches core undergraduate courses including Introduction to RPT, Evaluation and Assessment Methods, and Programming and Leadership.

Dr. Schwab holds a B.A. degree in Media Arts/Journalism from James Madison University, an M.S. degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah, and earned her doctoral degree in the same department. Her M.S. and Ph.D. studies focused on positive youth development and family leisure.

While earning her degrees, Dr. Schwab continued to use her journalism degree and writing experience to help co-author several articles related to the role recreation plays in positive youth development and individual, community, and environmental health.

She also has an interest in teaching and learning, and has both published and presented on this topic, including studying students who earned a degree in sport management and a looking at enhancing critical thinking through scaffolding. Her professional experiences in the field include work in several youth and family-focused programs such as after school recreation, early childhood dance/movement, home-based early intervention, and as a grant writer for Head Start.

Prior to her work in parks, recreation, and tourism, Dr. Schwab worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and continues to use those skills today on projects such as Career with Meaning.

Cheryl L. Stevens

Cheryl L. Stevens, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies East Carolina University

Dr. Stevens is a committed recreation educator who has been facilitating hands-on learning in recreation and outdoor leadership for over 25 years.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in leisure philosophy and recreation programming.

As the recipient of five teaching awards, she continuously looks for ways to improve teaching materials and techniques.

In addition to serving as lead editor for A Career with Meaning she has written a book titled Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation: A Step-by-Step Guide and a number of other articles related to teaching and learning.

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Stevens has served as a member of the Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services (COA), co-chair of the Symposium of Experiential Education Research (SEER), board member of the Society of Park and Recreation Education (SPRE), and editor of the Research Update column in Parks and Recreation Magazine.

Lawrence R. Allen

Lawrence R. Allen, Ph.D. Dean College of Health , Education, and Human Development Clemson University In May, 2003, Dr. Lawrence R. Allen became Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University. From August, 2001 to May, 2003 he served as Interim Dean. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in recreation with a specialty area in counseling and his undergraduate degree in education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.Dr. Allen has been very active professionally for the past 34 years with memberships in several professional organizations. In 1987, he was elected to the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and in 1995, he served as the President of the Academy. In 1996, he was elected to the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration. He has a very strong commitment to professional practice in leisure and tourism services and has served on various boards of directors, and state and national committees.Dr. Allen has written extensively with his primary interest focusing on the impact of recreation and other out of school experiences on individual and community well-being. Along with colleagues at Clemson University, he has authored several articles and manuals revolving around the development and implementation of an outcome based model (Benefits Based Programming) of youth program delivery that enhances the youth’s ability to overcome and cope with the stress and pressures they face in today’s social environment. He has been instrumental in the development of a Master’s degree in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University and the is very interested in the integration of free-choice learning experiences with the more traditional educational systems employed within the United States and throughout the world.

Emilyn A. Sheffield

Emilyn A. Sheffield, Ph.D. Professor Department of Recreation and Parks Management California State University, Chico

Emilyn Sheffield loves every aspect of parks and recreation!

She has worked in and taught about tourism, community recreation, fitness, special events, and conference planning in California, Texas, and Missouri.

Working with industry sponsors, she develops service learning field schools around themes of national parks, community based stewardship, hospitality, and conference management.

Dr. Sheffield’s interdisciplinary team of faculty, students, and field-based professionals complete destination projects for trails, heritage tourism, and scenic byways.

The National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are recent project sponsors and partners.

She serves on the executive boards of the Association of Partners for Public Lands and the California Round table on Recreation, Parks, and Tourism.

James F. Murphy

James F. Murphy, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Murphy received his B.A. in Recreation from San Francisco State University (1966), M.S. with Honors in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University (1967), and Ph.D. from Oregon State University (1972).

Jim has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited seven textbooks including Concepts of Leisure, Leisure Service Delivery System, Recreation and Leisure Service for the Disadvantaged, and Leisure Systems.

He has written many professional and juried articles and conducted numerous workshops and made many presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences.

He served a total of six years on the SPRE Board of Directors, including one term as President.

He was President of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (2008-09) as well as a Charter Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (1980).

In 2008 Dr. Murphy received the Distinguished Colleague Award of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, NRPA.