Debra J. Jordan

Debra J. Jordan
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Re.D., Indiana University
Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, East Carolina University

Debra J. Jordan, Re.D., has published in several journals, contributed chapters to a number of texts, and authored three textbooks in leadership, programming, and an introduction to the field.

Dr. Jordan is active in making professional practice-based presentations with a focus on diversity, leadership, ethics, evaluation, and legal liability. In addition, Dr. Jordan is engaged in projects related to parks, park visitors, and the meanings people find in parks.

In addition to being a member of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, Dr. Jordan was named a Fellow in the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration, a Senior Fellow of the American Leisure Academy, and was honored as a Gold Metcalf Lecturer.

She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the AALR, and received awards for service as well as editorial excellence from the American Camp Association.

Dr. Jordan is currently a Professor in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department at East Carolina University.

She has also been on the faculty at Oklahoma State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Texas State University, and Iowa State University; she has also taught term programs in Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

Dr. Jordan has served on the Council for Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions; she currently serves as an accreditation visitor for COAPRT.

She has also served on the Board of Directors of the World Leisure Association, and on the Board and as President of the Society for Park and Recreation Educators.

She currently serves as a member of the Local Council of Leaders for the southeastern field office of the American Camp Association.

Her degrees are from Indiana University (Re.D.), Western Illinois University (M.S.), and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (B.S.).

Expertise: evaluation, leadership, diversity, programming, culture, park planning