School of Health and Human Sciences

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Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, CPRP
Professor, Chair, Graduate Program Director, Executive Director for InFocus
Office: Ferguson 206
Phone: 336-334-3119
Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio

Stuart J. Schleien, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, CPRP, is a Professor, Chair, and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  He also serves as the Executive Director for InFocus Advocacy, a non-profit organization that works with self-advocates, families, and communities to enhance the image of people living with a disability.  As a Licensed Recreational Therapist (LRT) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), he has pioneered innovative approaches for parents and professionals to design inclusive recreation, summer camp, and sports 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities in valued community roles and settings.  He has written 7 books and 125 journal articles and book chapters on these topics.  He is currently under contract to write a book on the inclusive camp industry.  He has presented his work throughout the U.S. & Canada, and in Australia, England, Germany, Israel, Spain, and Sweden.  He received the Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award from the Mayor of Greensboro, the Marina Wilder Distinguished Service Award and the 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.