School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
203 Wellness/Recreation Center
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241
Phone: (319) 273-
Dr. Wilson came to UNI in the Fall of 1985 and has primarily taught courses in the Therapeutic Recreation option in the Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division. He became the Chair of the LYHS Division in 2003. Dr. Wilson is very active in several professional organizations and a frequent presenter for the National Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association, and the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation. He is the Area Director of Special Olympics Northeast Iowa and involves the LYHS students in running athletic competitions for Special Olympics athletes in nine sports throughout the year as well getting other UNI students campus- wide to volunteer at several of these events. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations serving people with disabilities, including Special Olympics Iowa, Exceptional Persons Incorporated, Cedar Valley Inclusion Initiative at the Waterloo YMCA, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, and Disability Concerns Committee of Classis North Central Iowa Christian Reformed Church. Dr. Wilson is frequently asked to evaluate grants for the federal government.
Ph.D. Educational Administration and Supervision, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Blacksburg , Virginia (1985)
M.A. Master of Arts: Therapeutic Recreation, Outdoor Education, University of Iowa , Iowa City, Iowa (1973)
B.A. Bachelor of Science: History, Recreation, Nebraska Wesleyan University , Lincoln , Nebraska (1970)
Associate of Arts Degree: General Studies, Kemper Military School and College, Booneville , Missouri (1968)
| Professional Experience
School of HPELS , University of Northern Iowa , Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1985-present.
Division Chair, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, 2003-present.
Associate Professor, 2003-present.
Assistant Professor, 1985-2002.
Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate classes in Therapeutic Recreation and general recreation core; advising students; writing; community projects and workshops; and research. Have tenure and graduate faculty status.
Department of HPER, Old Dominion University , Norfolk , Virginia Instructor, 1981-1985.
Responsibilities: Taught undergraduate classes in Therapeutic Recreation and general recreation core; advised students; and coordinated various community projects and workshops.
Department of HPELS, University of South Alabama , Mobile , Alabama Instructor, 1977-1981.
Responsibilities: Taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Therapeutic Recreation; advised students; coordinated a Bureau of Education for the Handicapped Grant; coordinated various projects and workshops.
Mental Health Services for Merced County , Merced , California Director of Activities and Volunteer Coordinator, 1974-1977.
Responsibilities: Planned, implemented, and supervised the Therapeutic Recreation program and the volunteer program for clients of the county's mental health day treatment program.
Lincoln Regional Center , Lincoln , Nebraska Therapeutic Recreation Worker, 1970-1972.
Responsibilities: Planned and implemented a Therapeutic Recreation program for young adults and seniors who were patients at the Nebraska Psychiatric Hospital .
Camp Sunnyside , Easter Seal Society of Iowa, Inc., Des Moines , Iowa Camp Counselor , Summers 1967-1969.
Responsibilities: Cabin counselor at a residential summer camp serving persons with multiple physical disabilities in an outdoor recreation setting.
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), 1970-present.
Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), National Recreation and Park Association / Iowa Park and Recreation Association, 1990-present.
|PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICE
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), 1970-present.
Board of Directors, Southern Region, 1982-1985.
Program Committee, Southeast Region, 1982.
National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS), 1973-present.
NTRS Board of Directors, 1985-1988, 2003-2005.
NTRS Scholarship Committee, 1995-2005.
NTRS Nomination Committee, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1995.
Editor of NTRS Report , the National Therapeutic Recreation Society newsletter, 1988-1991.
Therapeutic Recreation Manuscript Reviewer for Therapeutic Recreation Journal 1987-1990.
Director of State-Regional Advisory Council and Editor of the newsletter SRAC Report , 1985-1988.
Southern Regional Representative to the NTRS State-Regional Advisory Council, 1982-1985.
National Council on Accreditation (NRPA/AAPAR), 1987-present.
National Accreditation Visitation Evaluation Team Member, 1987-present.
Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association, 1996-present.
Board of Directors, 1998-present.
Northeast Iowa Director, 2005-2007.
At-Large Director, 1998-2000, 2003-2004.
Conference Chair, 2000, 2001.
|SERVICE TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Special Olympics, 1968-present.
V olunteer, 1968-present.
Area Director, Special Olympics Northeast Iowa, 1986-present.
Co-Director, Cross Country Skiing, Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games, Dubuque , 1986-present.
Certified Area Director, 1988-present.
International Official Games Director, 1990-present.
Standing Long Jump Official, Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games, Ames , 1994-present.
Board of Directors, Special Olympics Iowa, Grimes, 2004-present.
Executive Committee and elected Secretary, Board of Directors, Special Olympics Iowa, Grimes, 2006-present.
United States Department of Education, 1986-present.
Grant Peer Reviewer, Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 1991-present.
Grant Peer Reviewer, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education, Washington , D.C. , 1988.
Grant Peer Reviewer, Special Recreation Projects, Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), U.S. Department of Education, Kansas City, Missouri, 1986-1988, 1990.
Disability Concerns Committee, Classis North Central Iowa of the Christian Reformed Church, Vice Chair, 1992-present.
Board of Directors, Exceptional Persons, Waterloo , 1996-present.
Cedar Valley Inclusion Initiative, YMCA, Waterloo , 2001-present.
Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries, Waterloo , 1997-2007.
Dr. Wilson has received numerous awards and honors including Outstanding Service Award from the Midwest Symposium (2006), State of Iowa "Above and Beyond" Service Recognition Award from Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson (2004), Tommy Wilson Memorial Award from AALR (2002), Ed Lerner Distinguished Service Award from Special Olympics Iowa (2001), Member of the Year Award from the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (1987), plus numerous other awards for his involvement in disability issues and Special Olympics.
2007 "Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award", Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa.
2006 "Outstanding Service Award", Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation.
2005 "Appreciation Award", NTRS Board of Directors.
2004 "Above and Beyond" Service Recognition Award, Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson, Des Moines.
2002 Tommy Wilson Memorial Award, American Association of Leisure and Recreation.
2001 Ed Lerner Distinguished Service Award, Special Olympics Iowa.
2000 Certificate of Appreciation for 15 Years of Service, Special Olympics Northeast Iowa.
1998 Outstanding Area Award, Special Olympics Iowa.
1994 Outstanding Games Volunteer, Special Olympics Iowa.
1994 Thank You plaque, Special Olympics Athletes and Coaches, Country View, Waterloo.
1993 25 Years of Service to Special Olympics, Goodwill Industries of Waterloo.
1993 Outstanding Area Award, Special Olympics Iowa.
1992 Outstanding Service Award, Easter Seal Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.
1990 Special Award of Appreciation, Iowa Park and Recreation Association.
1988 Certificate of Appreciation, Special Olympics Iowa.
1988 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, National
Therapeutic Recreation Society.
1987 Certificate of Appreciation, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa.
1987 Member of the Year Award, National Therapeutic Recreation Society.
1986 Area Sportsmanship Award, Special Olympics Iowa.
1985 Area Sportsmanship Award, Special Olympics Iowa.
1985 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions, President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.
1984 Certificate of Appreciation for Continued Interest and Cooperation, 1984 Mid-Atlantic Wheelchair Games, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1983 Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Participation, Eastern District, Virginia Recreation and Park Society.
1983 Citation in Recognition of Exceptional Contributions to the NTRS Institute, National Therapeutic Recreation Society.
1981 Certificate of Recognition of Services Given as a Volunteer, Mental Health Association in Mobile County, Inc.