The AAPRA commits to promote, nourish, and embody an inclusive and equitable environment, strengthen our commitment to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, combat systemic and structural racism, and promote a culture of equality for all, through our knowledge advancement, research, education, and scholarly efforts.
[Member Nomination Form]
[Urban Director Nomination Form]
Is a national organization comprised of highly experienced professionals and educators dedicated to the advancement of the profession of parks and recreation. The Academy commits to promote justice, equity and inclusion.
Is limited to 137 current practitioners and educators.
Focuses to inspire and advance public Park and Recreation administration by promoting research, professional development and mentoring young professionals,
Recognizes excellence in Parks and Recreation through various awards, including the prestigious National Gold Medal Awards program. The Academy also publishes a scholarly publication, The Journal for Park and Recreation Administration.
Members of the 2022 Class
Kimberly Garrett, City of Georgetown, TX
Raymond Bivens, Delaware State Parks, DE
William "Bill" McAdam, Downers Grove Park District, IL
Reginald Moore, City of Baltimore Parks & Recreation, MD
Philip Ginsburg, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, CA
Practitioner and Educator Fellow nominees must meet these minimum requirements:
Practitioner: Must have served in a high-level position for no less that 15 years and hold a BS or BA degree as of October 1 of the year nominated. Position titles include general manager, executive director, director, deputy director, superintendent and/or administrator with significant experience and responsibility in the areas of parks, recreation, conservation, personnel, training, budgeting, planning, capital improvements, and marketing.
Educator: Must have attained the rank of full Professor OR served in a high-level administrative position in higher education and recognized as an educator for a combined period of not less than fifteen (15) years as of October 1 of the year nominated.
Urban: This category is for a Director or CEO of a major Federal, State, Regional, County (or Parish), or City with a population of 500,000 or more. Contact Urban Directors Committee Chair, Jayne Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, as this nomination process if different.
Practitioner and Educator nominees must:
Nominators must submit a letter supporting the nominee’s election into the Academy. It is recommended this letter NOT repeat the experiences of the nominee but rather address the question, “why are YOU nominating this individual for membership?” Two (2) additional support letters from a current Academy must be submitted. ALL three (3) letters must be uploaded with the nominee’s application.
Other nomination requirements:
The Academy membership is limited to 125 members: 100 Practitioners, 25 Educators, plus 12 Urban Directors.