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 is also an Executive Director for InFocus, an advocacy organization that empowers individuals of varying abilities who are marginalized by society to create more welcoming, accessible, and accommodating communities. As a Licensed Recreational Therapist and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist,he has developed best practices that have helped parents and professionals design inclusive recreation, physical activity, friendship, 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 and the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities. 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 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 27402