Community and Therapeutic Recreation

School of Health and Human Sciences

Professor and Department Chair

Director of Graduate Study
University of Maryland, 1982

Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, CPRP, is a Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1997.  He also serves as an Executive Director for InFocus, an advocacy organization that works with self-advocates, families, and communities to enhance the image of people living with a disability.  As a Licensed Recreational Therapist and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, he has pioneered innovative approaches that have helped parents and professionals design inclusive recreation, summer camp, and volunteer programs for children and adults with diverse skills and abilities.  He has specific expertise as a systems change agent for inclusive service delivery, helping agencies manage successful organizational change and development.  Dr. Schleien has published extensively on recreation, friendship, and advocacy skills development in support of the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in valued community roles and settings.  He has written seven books and over 125 journal articles and book chapters on these topics.  He has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in Australia, England, Germany, Israel, Spain, and Sweden.  He received the 2017 Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award from the Mayor of Greensboro, the 2010 Marina Wilder Distinguished Service Award and the 2008 Victor Hall Leadership Award from The Arc of Greensboro for exemplary leadership in the field of developmental disabilities.  He was also recognized as the “Researcher of the Year” by the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, “Educator of the Year” by the Minnesota Arc, and was the recipient of the “Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research,” the most prestigious award bestowed upon a researcher by the National Recreation and Park Association.


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InFocus is an organization that empowers marginalized individuals through skill development and engages the community through advocacy efforts to create more welcoming, accessible, and inclusive communities.

Dr. Stuart J. Schleien
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
206 Ferguson Bldg, 524 Highland Ave
Greensboro, NC 27412
336-334-3119 (office) (email)