Norma J. Stumbo
Dr. Stumbo received her Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior/Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985; she received her masters and bachelors degrees in Recreation and Park Administration/ Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979 and 1978, respectively. She is currently a professor at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, where she has taught since August 1984. She has also taught subjects at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Western Sydney (Australia), and the Southern Institute of Technology (New Zealand). She previously served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Instruction and the interim director of General Education as well as the Recreation and Park Administration program director at Illinois State.
She has written and edited several books including: Therapeutic Recreation Program Design: Principles and Procedures (4th and 3rd editions) with Dr. Carol A. Peterson; Client Outcomes in Therapeutic Recreation; Client Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation; Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation; the Study Guide for the National CTRS Certification Examination (1st , 2nd , and 3rd editions) with Dr. Jean Folkerth; Leisure Education I: A Manual of Activities and Resources (1st and 2nd editions); Leisure Education II: More Activities and Resources (1st and 2nd editions); Leisure Education III: More Activities and Resources; Leisure Education IV: Activities for Individuals with Substance Abuse, and Intervention Activities for At-Risk Youth. She has also published many refereed articles in Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Journal of Expanding Horizons in Therapeutic Recreation, ADOZ Bulletin, Annals of Leisure Research, and Tourism Review International, as well as numerous non-refereed articles in professional magazines and presentation abstracts in research conference proceedings. She has presented over 300 research and educational sessions and scores of keynotes at state, national, and international conferences and conventions. In 2004, she keynoted the 7th National Diversional Therapy Conference (Australia) and the Access and Inclusion Workshop at the WLRA Congress (Australia), in addition to workshops and presentations at the University of South Queensland (Australia), the University of Queensland (Australia), the 8th Biennial World Leisure Congress (Australia), the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (Canada), the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario Conference (Canada), the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Conference (USA), the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation (USA), the Nebraska Therapeutic Recreation Association (USA), and the Illinois Association of Recreational Therapists (USA).