Just Leisure

Things That We Believe In
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Author(s): Keri A. Schwab
Daniel L. Dustin

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Just Leisure is intended to deepen your understanding of social and environmental justice in the context of leisure.

It will spur your curiosity and bring you to your learning edge—the place where you come when you are a little anxious and uncomfortable and where you can either pull back into your comfort zone and stay with the familiar or lean into your discomfort, suspend your disbelief, and open yourself to the possibility of learning something new.

Just Leisure features 19 thought-provoking chapters with discussion questions and syntheses contributed by authors from the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Whether you come to this work through your concern for the environment or through your desire for greater social equity among people, you come to justice work because you recognize the need for it and believe you can make a difference.

About the Author(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.

Daniel L. Dustin

Daniel L. Dustin is a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the College of Health at the University of Utah.

He served previously as the Department Chair at Utah, and before that as Frost Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Florida International University in Miami, and as professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at San Diego State University.

Dr. Dustin's academic interests center on environmental stewardship and the moral and ethical bases for leisure and recreation activity preferences and behaviors. A past president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE) and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, he is a recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award.

In 1994, he was named an honorary lifetime member of the California Park Rangers Association for his contributions to the literature of outdoor recreation planning and policy, and in 2001 he received the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award for a lifetime of achievement.

Publications in which he was a contributing author or editor include: Wilderness in America: Personal Perspectives; Beyond Promotion and Tenure: On Being a Professor; For the Good of the Order: Administering Academic Programs in Higher Education; Stewards of Access/Custodians of Choice: A Philosophical Foundation for the Park and Recreation Profession; Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic; The Wilderness Within: Reflections on Leisure and Life; Making a Difference in Academic Life: A Handbook for Park, Recreation, and Tourism Educators and Graduate Students;Service Living: Building Community through Public Parks and Recreation; Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Working for Social and Environmental Justice in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; and Just Leisure: Things that We Believe In.