The Department of Therapeutic Recreation is recognized as an innovative program leader with a strong academic and research-based curriculum that includes numerous opportunities for experiential learning in both the Diploma and Bachelor degree (BTR) programs. Graduates from the diploma and degree programs are career ready, and some degree graduates continue into graduate level programs. The Department of Therapeutic Recreation currently prepares BTR students for eligibility to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Faculty typically teach a range of academic and practicum/internship courses in face-to-face, on-line, and hybrid formats. As a faculty member, you will be required to instruct students, facilitate learning, and evaluate student progress in the therapeutic recreation program. Additional responsibilities include that faculty:
- plan, organize and manage learning activities and resources, provide academic advice to learners and maintain high quality learner-centred instruction, demonstrating an awareness of the diverse student learner needs;
- work collaboratively with TR Department colleagues including developing department related guidelines and strategic program direction planning and implementation;
- participate in department, faculty, and college-wide committees plus outreach to develop experiential and collaborative learning opportunities that benefit student learning outcomes; and
- engage in ongoing professional development and advocacy of the TR Department and the TR Profession.
|To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
- PhD preferred in Therapeutic Recreation or a closely related field. A minimum of one credential in Therapeutic Recreation is required. Strong candidates with a Masters credential may be considered.
- A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation or eligibility and willingness to obtain certification by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification is required for courses students use towards NCTRC Certification.
- Post-secondary teaching experience including face-to-face and on-line environments and have demonstrated a strong commitment to innovative approaches to teaching including designing, teaching and evaluating course curriculum in both traditional, online and hybrid environments.
- Knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- Theories, philosophies and values of therapeutic recreation
- Leisure and recreation theories and perspectives
- Evidence-based practice and research in therapeutic recreation
- Diversity and inclusion, cultural consciousness and equity issues in leisure and recreation
- Therapeutic recreation interventions in older adulthood and dementia
- Recreation leadership and facilitation skills
- Practicum and internship supervision skills
- Comprehensive program development in TR
- Assessment and program planning in TR
- Current issues and trends in TR
- Physical fitness theory and practice in TR
- Work experience in a therapeutic recreation environment with people of various ages and with varying abilities is an asset.