Managing Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, 3rd ed.

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Author(s): Christopher R. Edginton
Susan D. Hudson
Samuel V. Lankford
Dale Larsen

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It has been over twenty years since the first edition of Productive Management of Leisure Service Organizations was conceptualized, written, and published. Now in its third edition, Managing Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services considers three critical changes in the leisure service field: technology and information resolution; nature of the workforce; and the basic revision of our economy. These changes have made a great impact on the management of human resources, which is the main focus of this book.

About the Author(s)

Christopher R. Edginton

Christopher R. Edginton is the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies, School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

From 1991-2010, he served as professor and director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. In 1985, he founded the nationally award-winning Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services program.

Since its inception, the program has provided contracted services for children and youth worldwide.

From 2004–2014, he served as secretary general of the World Leisure Organization, a nongovernmental organization operating in consultative status with The United Nations.

He is the cofounder of the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), a worldwide social movement aimed at rethinking, reframing, and refocusing physical education pedagogy and the training of health and physical education teachers.

Edginton has authored over 350 articles, over 30 books, and over 30 chapters in books.

He has been identified as the leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.

Susan D. Hudson

Dr. Hudson has been a member of the Leisure, Youth, and Human Services faculty since 1994. She holds one of three endowed professorships in the United States in the area of Leisure and Youth Services. Dr. Hudson has a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service. She has served as division coordinator and coordinator of LYHS graduate studies at University of Northern Iowa. In addition to her work within the Division, she is also the education director of the National Program for Playground Safety, the premier nonprofit organization in America created to help develop safe outdoor play areas for children. Along with her LYHS colleagues, Dr. Hudson has co-authored 10 textbooks in the areas of management, programming, and leadership. Dr. Hudson's research interests focus on nonprofit management, community programming, facilities design, and play for children.

Samuel V. Lankford

Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State.

Formerly he served as a professor, graduate coordinator, and doctoral intensive study area coordinator, and director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Northern Iowa.

He taught at the University of Hawaii in the School of Travel Industry Management, and was also the Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Science degree program from 1990-2001.

He has conducted training workshops in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, Japan, and Vietnam.

He has a PhD with a focus in community tourism planning and development, and a master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Oregon.

He holds a master of arts in recreation and park planning and a BA in geography from CSU-Chico.

Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Hawaii, and Canada.

He has conducted planning projects, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.

He specializes in tourism and recreation development. His research in tourism resulted in the development of a scale titled "Tourism Impact Attitude Scale" (TIAS), which has been used extensively internationally, and was the basis for later research on that topic.

Dale Larsen

Dale Larsen, Professor of Practice and Director of Administrative Operations for the Arizona State University College of Public Programs, has been a manager in the parks and recreation field for 4 decades.

Formerly the Director of the Phoenix, Arizona, Parks and Recreation Department, where he was responsible for the executive administration of 1,000 full-time personnel and a $90 million operating budget.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate level coursework in management, leadership and community organization at ASU.

Dale was a President of the American Academy for Parks and Recreation and served as a Chairman for the Commission for Parks and Recreation Accreditation.

He is a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and advises the City Parks Alliance.

Dale is married to his bride Christine for 41 years and is a proud father and grandparent who practices never growing up.