Faculty Bio


Jeffrey P. Witman, Ed.D., CTRS

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Administration


  • B.S. Elizabethtown College (1973)
  • M.S. University of Oregon (1977)
  • Ed.D. Boston University (1989)


  • CTRS - Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Department Chair


  • Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Introduction Therapeutic Recreation
  • Leadership Therapeutic Recreation
  • Seminar in Recreation and Leisure

Research Interests

  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Leadership Development
  • Wellness Assessment/Programming


  • Elected as a Fellow, National Academy of Recreational Therapists, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Therapeutic Recreation Society, 2008
  • Presidential Award, American Therapeutic Recreation Association, 2005
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2006

Recent Publications

  • Strassle, C.G., Witman, J.P., Kinney, J.S. & Kinney, W.B. (2011). Counseling theory and practice: Applications for leisure education. In N. Stumbo & B. Wardlaw (Eds.) Facilitation of therapeutic recreation services: An evidence-based and best practice approach to techniques and processes. (pp. 115-124) State College, PA: Venture Publishing.
  • Witman, J. & Ligon, M. (2011) Reflection recognition reaffirmation: An engaging frame of reference for leisure education (2d Ed.). Enumclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor, Inc.
  • Witman, J.P. (2008). Taking the initiative. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc.


  • Advisory Board Member, South Central Easter Seals of PA
  • Board Member, Recreational Therapy Foundation
  • Editor, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation