Marcia Jean Carter
“Expertise is therapeutic recreation or recreation therapy”
Dr. Marcia Jean Carter, CPRP, CTRS, served as Assistant Dean in the College of Education and Human Services and Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Moline, IL. Dr. Carter is currently an Adjunct faculty with the University of St. Francis, Joilet, Il.
Dr. Marcia Jean Carter, CPRP, CTRS, Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Moline, IL., earned her doctorate from Indiana University and has held Professorships at the University of Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Baylor, Tennessee, and Michigan State.
She was employed as a clinician with the City of Dallas, Park and Recreation Department; Bradford Woods, Indiana and Stepping Stones Center for the Disabled, Cincinnati.
Dr. Carter has co-authored several textbooks including Therapeutic Recreation a Practical Approach, Effective Management in Therapeutic Recreation Service, and Therapeutic Recreation in the Community: An Inclusive Approach.
She serves as the Editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal; Chaired the editorial board of JOPERD; and served as the Managing Editor of Leisure Today, associate editor for the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation and SCHOLE, and as a member of the editorial board of Activities, Adaptation, and Aging. Dr. Carter has written, edited, and co-authored over 50 chapters, manuals, and referred journal articles.
Dr. Carter has served as Chair of the profession's credentialing bodies; Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, National Certification Board, and National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. She was elected President of the American Association for Leisure and Recreation and the National Therapeutic Recreation Society.
Her scholarship and service has been recognized with receipt of the J.B. Nash Scholar Award, American Association for Leisure and Recreation; Distinguished Fellow Award, American Therapeutic Recreation Association; Distinguished Service Award, National Therapeutic Recreation Society; and the Distinguished Service Award, Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.
Honorary society memberships include the American Leisure Academy, National Academy of Recreational Therapists, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and as a Fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences.