Recreation and Leisure Studies

William T. McCullough

William T. McCullough


G25 Masterton Hall Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4645


Ed.D., Boston University, 1986, Leisure Studies (concentration in Therapeutic Recreation)

M.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1977, Recreation & Physical Education for the Handicapped

B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1971, Health & Physical Education


Dr. McCullough has over 40 years of experience providing recreation and leisure experiences to individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. He has served as a Child Life Specialist on an acute care pediatric  hospital unit, has provided services on inpatient psychiatric units, worked within a community based therapeutic recreation program serving  those with physical and developmental disabilities, and served both residential and community programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Bill has been a faculty member since 1978. During this time he has taught numerous courses throughout the curriculum as well as supervising student interns at various sites in Maine, New England, and farther afield. On two occasions he has taught for a semester in England. He has served as Department Chair for over 10 years during his time on the faculty. His scholarly interests include international education and animal assisted therapy in the lives of those with disabilities.

His service activities include serving on the Boards of two significant community agencies. The Maine Resource Development Corporation operates a group home and an independent living program which provides residential care and related services for adults with developmental disabilities. Riding to the Top is a nationally known therapeutic riding program which serves children and adults with a variety of developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities. 

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