Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Lecturer, Therapeutic Recreation/Parks & Recreation Management

School of Community Resources & Development

Arizona State University 


The School of Community Resources and Development in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University invites applications for (one) full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track lecturer in therapeutic recreation/parks and recreation management. We seek to attract an active, culturally, and academically diverse candidate who will teach up to four courses per semester in therapeutic recreation and parks and recreation management. The appointment will begin in either Spring or Fall 2022.

School Information

The School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD) is one of the four schools in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a vibrant community of scholars actively committed to excellence in education and innovative responses to collective problems. In Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, SCRD is ranked #7 in the world and #2 in the US according to the Center for World University Rankings. SCRD is located at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, a dynamic hub of the multi-campus Arizona State University that provides a multitude of academic and professional connections for students. The mission of our school is to co-create transformative solutions that enhance the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of communities. We provide internationally recognized interdisciplinary research expertise and innovative academic programs in therapeutic recreation, nonprofit leadership and management, parks and recreation management, community sports management, and tourism development and management.  Courses are delivered through in-person, online, and hybrid platforms.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

The School of Community Resources and Development actively seeks and supports a culturally diverse faculty and student body. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Our School, and indeed the entirety of our University, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state, to maintain excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. ASU is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, veteran’s status, or any other basis protected by law.


Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to teach up to four courses per semester at the undergraduate level, deliver excellent in-class instruction and participate in service activities for the college, profession and community. Additional activities may include supervising senior thesis projects and participation in master degree committees. Possible courses include, but are not limited to, Program Planning, Inclusive Community Development, Introduction to Parks, Recreation, and Sport Management, Sports and Recreation Facility Management, Inclusive Sports and Recreation, and Program Design and Administration in Recreational Therapy. Though research is not a requirement of the position, there may be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty and community partners on projects and grants.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned master’s degree in parks and recreation, therapeutic recreation, or a related field from an accredited institution at the time of appointment.
  • Certification in Therapeutic Recreation through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
  • Three years of related experience (Related experience may include prior teaching, practitioner experience, and/or experience leading and facilitating presentations, training, and other activities).

Desired Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in recreation, therapeutic recreation, leisure studies, or a closely related field from an accredited institution by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated prior higher education teaching or guest lecturing experience
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with the community and establishing partnerships
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse student populations
  • Demonstrated experience with technology/course management systems

Application Procedure

To apply, visit https://publicservice.asu.edu/content/jobs and upload your application materials as one combined PDF document which includes the following:


  1. A statement no more than 3-pages which includes the following:
    • Your interest in this position and your fit relative to the required and desired qualifications.
    • A statement of teaching philosophy and approach
    • A paragraph summarizing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  2. A complete curriculum vitae or résumé.
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as student or peer evaluations, syllabi, assignments, student portfolios, or training materials you have designed (a maximum of 3 pieces of evidence required).
  4. The names and contact information of three references (name, title, organization, e-mail address, phone number). At least one reference needs to be a current and/or past supervisor.
  5. Applicants may be expected to give a teaching demonstration if invited for an interview.

The initial application deadline is October 31, 2021 at 3:00p.m. Arizona Time. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Please feel free to contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Eric Legg (eric.legg@asu.edu) with any questions.

The Watts College of Public Services and Community Solutions has a student body of over 7,122 undergraduate and graduate students, with over 57 percent students of color.  We are fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.


This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, and reference checks. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


About ASU

Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university named #1 in the United States for Innovation for the seventh consecutive year, ahead of MIT (3) and Stanford (7), according to US News and World Reports. We measure our success not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve.


ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is home to ASU’s most diverse student body, with the highest percentage of minorities, transfer and working students – and the largest community of first-generation college students. Among our students are nearly 300 veterans and international students from 59 countries.


We are also committed to advancing anti-racist policies and practices as described in a recent statement by President Crow in support of our Black students, faculty, and staff (available online at: https://president.asu.edu/statements/asus-commitment-to-black-students-faculty-and-staff ).


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For complete statements on ASU’s non- discrimination policies, please refer to: http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleI X/. The School of Community Resources and Development actively encourages diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.


In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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