Published in Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 1, 2012, pages 12-24.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Keri Schwab was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This article summarizes the content of a three-day administrative summit held at Zion Ponderosa Resort in southern Utah in late September 2010. Department chairs, heads, and deans representing 13 universities across North America offering leisure studies doctoral degrees, master's degrees, and undergraduate professional preparation degrees gathered to entertain eight multifaceted questions pertaining to their future. The questions were generated by a Delphi Process, and responses to the questions were recorded and analyzed following the summit by a team of doctoral students and professors from the University of Utah. The article concludes with a brief discussion of an administrator's responsibility in leading leisure studies departments in times of fiscal austerity, and recommending a "to-do" list to ensure the future of leisure studies in public research universities.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration