Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, CPRP
Professor, Department Chair, and Director of Graduate Study

Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D., CTRS, CPRP Professor, and Department Head
Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation University of North Carolina at Greensboro
206 Ferguson Bldg, 524 Highland Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27402
(336) 334-3119 (office)
(336) 256-1156 (fax)

Curriculum Vita

Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D, LRT/CTRS, CPRP, is a Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1997.  Dr. Schleien has made a significant impact on recreation/leisure and physical activity programming in the United States and throughout the world.  As a Licensed Recreational Therapist and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, he has developed best practices that have helped parents and professionals design inclusive recreation, physical activity, friendship, and volunteer programs for children and adults with diverse skills and abilities.  He has specific expertise as a systems change agent for inclusive service delivery, helping agencies manage successful organizational change and development.  Dr. Schleien has published extensively on recreation and friendship skills development and the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities.  He has written seven books and over 125 journal articles and book chapters on these topics.  He has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in Australia, England, Germany, Israel, Spain, and Sweden.  He recently received the 2010 Marina Wilder Distinguished Service Award and the 2008 Victor Hall Leadership Award from The Arc of Greensboro for exemplary leadership in the field of developmental disabilities.  He was also recognized as the "Researcher of the Year" by the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, "Educator of the Year" by the Minnesota Association for Retarded Citizens, and was the recipient of the "Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research," the most prestigious award bestowed upon a researcher by the National Recreation and Park Association.  Dr. Schleien made a keynote address to a world audience before the 5th Paralympic Scientific Congress for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, a keynote address at the Lund University (Sweden) 2003 Conference on Inclusive Communities, a presentation at the Sweden Paralympic Games in Stockholm in October 2003, and a keynote address at an International Seminar in Madrid, Spain in November, 2008.

News & Events

Graduation Info

Advising for Summer and Fall 2014

CTR Club Officer Candidates
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Jennifer Pegram, winner of the Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium Scholarship
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Lee Parfitt, winner of the Academy of Leisure Sciences Future Scholars
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Peggy Harris, winner of the NCRPS Fletcher Graduate Scholarship
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CTR Students Graduating in Dec 2013 With Honors
Kayla Cook-Summa Cum Laude
Sarah McPherson-Summa Cum Laude
Jocelyn Moon-Summa Cum Laude
Devyn Ziegler-Summa Cum Laude
Sage Rubenstein-Magna Cum Laude
Hannah Tyler-Magna Cum Laude
Denise Blanchfield-Cum Laude
Chelsea Boccardo-Cum Laude
Lauren Brady-Cum Laude
Andrea Redden-Cum Laude
Chelsea Tysinger-Cum Laude

Please join us Summer 2014 in the online course CTR 102-Creating a Meaningful Life a syllabus

Study finds 3rd lowest unemployment rate among recent graduates with recreation related degrees the full report