Member Biography

Jef Farland

After nearly thirty years as a professional in the field of Parks & Recreation, Jef Farland has made a "minor" change in his lifestyle! He is now working full time on his Doctorate in Education with an emphasis on Leisure, Youth, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa. Jef is excited and honored to have the opportunity to study under three outstanding mentors, Dr. Betty van der Smissen, Dr. Chris Edginton, and Dr.Sam Lankford at UNI. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Western Illinois University in the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration Department and will begin teaching at the University of Northern Iowa in the Leisure, Youth, and Human Services Division in the fall. Jef holds a Masters in Public Administration from Oakland University, a Master of Arts in Park & Recreation Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Park and Recreation Resources from Michigan State University. Jef is still dedicated to the profession of park, recreation, and leisure services and continues to work in his community and state to enhance parks, leisure, and recreation opportunities.