Justin Harmon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. He holds a B.S. in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Community Development. Harmon has worked extensively in the parks, forestry and recreation fields, and has a diverse background in practice that includes land and wildlife management, environmental and primary education, event planning, and community relations and outreach.
He has explored community as an area of research in numerous regions and contexts, as well as through numerous theoretical lenses. His primary research lines focus on health and aging broadly, and specifically in regards to the use of leisure for coping and identity maintenance for people with serious and terminal diseases, and the use of music for affecting quality of life and life course development.
His research can be found in the journals Annals of Leisure Research, Leisure/Loisir, Leisure Studies, World Leisure Journal and Leisure Sciences to name a few. When not in the classroom he can be found in the backyard or forest with his dog, at a concert, buried in a book, struggling to learn an instrument, or planning his next trip out west. Harmon believes that leisure is a state of being; your life is yours to create!