Professor Elected as Fellow in Scholarly Academy

An East Carolina University professor is the only educator nationwide to be elected this year as a Fellow to a highly prestigious professional and scholarly academy.

Dr. Deb Jordan, chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Health and Human Performance has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.Dr. Deb Jordan

The academy’s mission includes promoting public understanding and knowledge related to the administration of parks, recreation, and conservation as well as conducting research and providing services to advance the profession.  Membership is limited to only 125 practitioners and educators who have served a minimum of 15 years in the field and have made major contributions to the profession.

Jordan is one of only a handful in the nation to be elected as a Fellow in three distinct scholarly academies. In 2007, she was elected as a Fellow to the 100-member Academy of Leisure Sciences and in 2001 she was elected as a Fellow to the 100-member American Leisure Academy.

Jordan joined East Carolina University in 2009.  She earned an undergraduate degree in parks and recreation with an emphasis in recreation resource management in 1980 from Slippery Rock State College. In 1983, she received a master of science degree from Western Illinois University, and in 1988 she earned a doctorate from Indiana University, both in parks and recreation administration.