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Jerry L. Ricciardo

Associate Professor of Recreation & Park Management

318 Porter
734.487.2827
ricciard@emich.edu

Education

Ph.D. - Texas A&M University
M.A. - California State University, Chico
B.S. - Ohio State University

Professional Summary

A faculty member in the Recreation & Park Management program at EMU since 1988. Formerly employed by the U.S. Forest Service both as a Forest Technician and as a Forester. Employed in the states of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and California in insect and disease control, fire control, recreation, timber stand improvement, timber cruising, timber marking, and silviculture. Served as coordinator of the Park & Recreation Management program at EMU.

Served in the U.S. Military from 1965 to 1968. One year tour of duty in Vietnam.

Teaches coursework in the history and philosophy of leisure and recreation, site maintenance and rehabilitation, history and development of the field of outdoor recreation, tools outdoor recreation resource managers use to manage outdoor recreation areas, low impact camping, backpacking, backcountry first aid, trail planning, design, construction, and maintenance, site analysis and design, and strategic planning for park and recreation organizations.

Presents research and publishes in the area of leisure. Recent research topics have been: leisure resourcefulness as a predictor of level of affluence and life satisfaction; leisure resourcefulness and recreation specialization on life satisfaction among the elderly; leisure resourcefulness and recreation specialization among the elderly; variables distinguishing accredited from nonaccredited recreation, park and leisure programs in the U.S.; ethnic input in leisure services provision among Michigan park and recreation departments; grants usage in obtaining funding for recreation services and capital improvement projects among park and recreation agencies in Michigan; training programs in trail planning, design, and construction; volunteer management in trail maintenance.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Recreation & Leisure
  • Backcountry First Aid
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Park Maintenance 
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Park Planning & Design
  • Park Management

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

  •  Leisure resourcefulness as a predictor of level of affluence and life satisfaction: having more or doing with less
  •  The influence of leisure resourcefulness and recreation specialization on life satisfaction among a sample of senior adults
  • An examination of variables distinguishing accredited from nonaccredited recreation, park resources and leisure services programs
  • Changing Ethnic Populations in the State of Michigan: Ethnic Input in Leisure Services Provision among Michigan Park Recreation Departments
  • The Relationships among Leisure Resourcefulness and Recreation Specialization, among a Sample of Senior Adults
  • Extensity and intensity of grants usage in obtaining funding for recreation services and capital improvement projects among park and recreation agencies in the State of Michigan

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