Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

David B Jones

Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Ed.D, CTRS
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Office Location

319 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus




  • University of Oregon, Ed. D. Leisure Studies. Dissertation:Playground Association of America: A Thwarted Attempt at the Professionalization of Play Leaders, 1989.
  • University of Minnesota, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies (Outdoor/Therapeutic Recreation), 1980.
  • Pennsylvania State University, Parks and Recreation, 1975.
  • Keystone Junior College, Liberal Studies, 1972.

Dave’s professional and academic career spans over 35 years, and includes employment as a wilderness counselor for young people with behavioral/substance abuse issues, an outdoor recreation leader for people with disabilities, an advocate/researcher for the importance of play for children with disabilities and those who have experienced trauma, a wilderness/nature-based tour leader, recreation therapist and a faculty/researcher. In addition to his teaching role, Dave is helping to provide play opportunities for Haitian and Afghan children through the International Childhood Enrichment Program (ICEP – ). Dave developed a certification program in sustainable tourism through the International Ecotourism Society (TIES – ). As part of this new certification program, he leads USM international travel courses to Belize and Newfoundland (See ). Dave enjoys running, hiking/backpacking, seakayaking, bicycling, canoeing, skiing and world travel with his wife, Barbara Harvey.

Responsible for curriculum development and instruction for the following courses:

  • REC 498 Management and Supervision of Therapeutic Recreation-3 credits
  • REC 495 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation-12 credits
  • REC 373 Belize – Planning and Leading Sustainable/Cultural Tourism Trips
  • REC 374 Newfoundland – Planning and Leading Sustainable/Adventure Tourism Experiences
  • REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling-3 credits
  • REC 314 Leisure Education and Counseling-3 credits
  • REC 241 Recreation Leadership-3 credits
  • REC 233 Outdoor/Environmental Recreation-3 credits
  • REC 223/ENV 223 Nature-based Tourism-3 credits
  • REC 224 Inclusive Leisure Service-3 credits       
  • REC 110 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Studies-3 credits
  • CON 399 Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention in Communities-3 credits

Research Interests

Dave’s research focuses on community inclusion of play/recreation services for children with disabilities, recreation therapists’ professional competencies, university students’ cultural awareness through service-learning pedagogy, child’s play in war-torn/impoverished countries, and sustainable tourismHe primarily utilizes qualitative research methodology to give voice marginalized groups.

Recent Publications

Jones, D.B. (In Press). The professional advancement of Recreation Therapy through group work and service-learning. Group Work.

Jones, D. B. (2011). Playgrounds helping to heal traumatized children. Journal of Emergency Management 9(4), 11-12.

Jones, D. B. (2011). Recreation therapy professionals serve the world. American Journal of RecreationTherapy

Jones, D. B. (April 2010). Just kids: Building playgrounds in Haiti and Afghanistan. Parks & Recreation p. 16.   

 Jones, D. B., Richeson, N. E., Croteau, K. A. & Farmer, B. C. (2009). Focus groups to explore the perceptions of older adults on a pedometer-based intervention. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 80(4),  710-717.

 Jones, D. B. (2009). Service-learning focused on the professional advancement of recreation therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 8(2), 5-6.

 Jones, D. B. (2008). Opening students’ minds and hearts to the world without leaving home.American Journal of Recreation Therapy 7(1), 5-6.

 Jones, D. B. & Harvey, B. R. (2008). Establishing peer supervision programs for recreation therapy specialists. American Journal of Recreation Therapy 7(1), 42-48.

Croteau, K. A., Richeson, N. E., Farmer, B. C. & Jones, D. B. (2007). Effects of pedometer-based intervention on the daily step counts of community dwelling older adults. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports 78(5), 401-406.

 Jones, D. B. & Harvey, B. R. (2007). Clinical supervision program design in recreation therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy 6(2), 7-18. 

Jones, D. B. (June, 2006). Parents’ perspectives on community recreation for their children with disabilities in Maine. MRPAtoday 06(07), 10-12.

Richeson, N. E., Croteau, K. A., & Jones, D. B. (2006). Effects of a pedometer-based intervention on the physical performance and mobility related self-efficacy of community-dwelling older adults: An interdisciplinary preventive health care intervention. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 40 (1), 18-32.

Farmer, B. C., Croteau, K. A., Richeson, N. E. & Jones, D. B. (2006). Using pedometers as a strategy to increase the daily steps of older adults with chronic illness. Home Health Care Nurse, 24 (7).

Jones, D. B. & Anderson, L. S. (2004). The status of clinical supervision in therapeutic recreation: A national study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 38(4), 329-347.

Jones, D. B. (2003/2004). Denied from a lot of places: Barriers to participation in community recreation encountered by children with disabilities in Maine: Perspectives of parents.Leisure/Loisir: Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, 28(1/2), 49-69.

Jones, D. B. (2004, September 14). Disabled kids unwelcome on many playgrounds. [Maine Voices]. Portland Press Herald, p. A9.