Recreation Professional

Recreation Professional/Leisure Educator of the Year

The award program provides a means through which INSHAPE recognizes the work of an individual who exhibits outstanding and creative leadership in the recreation profession or as an innovative leisure educator at the college/university level.

Eligibility

Any recreation/leisure professional who meets the eligibility requirements and exemplifies the criteria below may be nominated for this award.

  1. Current membership in INSHAPE,
  2. Currently involved in recreation leadership pursuits, and
  3. Minimum of five years professional experience in recreation/leisure.

 

Award Criteria

The applicant must be an individual who:

  1. Exhibits outstanding and creative leadership in the recreation profession or as an innovative leisure educator at the college/university level,
  2. Delivers speeches, scholarly presentations, consultations, and/or demonstrations at workshops and/or conferences,
  3. Has made a significant contribution in the area of recreation/leisure in various areas such as publications and service on state committees, and
  4. Demonstrates a vitality of contemporary and future – centered leisure thought and theory.

 

Complete online application by July 31, 2022

Application requires one (1) letter of recommendation from applicant’s principal or colleague. The letter should be directly related to the award criteria.

 

Selection and Recognition Process

  1. The Awards Committee will select one award recipient from the pool of qualified applicants.
  2. Applicants will be notified by early Fall.
  3. The award will be presented at the State Conference in November.
  4. Award recipient is expected to present a session at the State Conference the following year.

Previous Award Recipients

 

2021 Jason Meier

2020 Sheli Plummer

2019 Chad Simmons

2018 Jordan McIntire

2017 Thomas Means

2015 Tom Mulry

2007 Connie Updike

2006 Seemann Baugh

2005 Anne Graves

2004 Erinn McCluney

2003 J. Matt Rota-Autry