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Membership In the Academy

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2024 Nomination Period is Closed

Academy members are elected to the organization by the Academy Board of Directors. Nominations are open once a year, typically April through early June. Nominations can only be submitted by current Academy members and are limited to two nominations per Academy member. 

If you are interested in becoming an Academy member, you are encouraged to reach out to a current member and inquire if they would nominate you for membership. Not sure who is a current Academy member? Click here to view Academy members by state. If are not familiar with a current Academy member, please reach out to and efforts will be made to connect you. 

There are two categories of members: Fellow and Emeritus Fellows. Emeritus Fellows is a member, or distinguished professional who meets the requirements of membership, who by personal definition is retired from the profession. 

There are three types of Fellow members: 

  1. Professional (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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Urban Director: 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, Edwin Gomez at, as this nomination process is different. Nominations open until June 24, 2024.

In addition to the minimum 15 years of high-level administrative experience as a professional or as a park, recreation, tourism, sport management or related field (PRTSR) educator, nominees complete a nomination form which asks for significant work contributions; efforts in promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; degrees completed; acquired professional certifications; leadership at local, state, regional and national organizations; published articles and presentations made; honors and awards received; response to why seeking Academy membership; and nominator’s insights into the individual’s professional attitude and impact. 

Each of the above criteria are weighted. Click here for PDF of Member Criteria / Weighted Values for Professional and Educators Nominees. 

Other nomination requirements:

  1. Current Academy members may nominate not more than two (2) individuals for membership in any one year.
  2. Current Academy members may submit a letter of support for not more than two (2) individuals for membership in any one year.
  3. Current members of the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee may NOT nominate or write a letter of support.
  4. Nomination form and support letters must be completed and submitted online no later than 9:00 pm PDT, Thursday, May 30, 2024. 

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