Ruth V. Russell

Ruth V. Russell
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Re.D., Indiana University, 1984
Current Position: 
Professor Emeritus, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department, Indiana University

Dr. Russell’s research portfolio includes studies in retirement satisfaction, leisure satisfaction, higher education pedagogy, leisure and the humanities, and tourism’s impact on developing countries.

Bringing research into the world of professional implementation, she was the founder of the Leisure Research Roundtable held in conjunction with the Leisure Research Symposium, and co-founder and co-editor of “Research into Action,” a column in Parks and Recreation magazine.

As author of five textbooks (including Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure, in its 6th edition), and co-founder of both Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education and the SPRE Teaching Institute, Dr. Russell also has a distinguished career in higher education.

She is the recipient of six distinguished teaching awards, has served as President of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, and at Indiana University provided service as an Associate Dean both at the campus and school levels, and Assistant Department Chair.

Dr. Russell has also served as a Trustee to the National Recreation and Park Association.