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Cal Poly Professor Elected as Fellow in Academy of Leisure Sciences

Bill Hendricks, professor and head of Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, was elected and inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences last week at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in Las Vegas.

Hendricks was one of four individuals elected as Fellows, among 14 nominees from throughout North America.  Dan Dustin, a Professor at the University of Utah who nominated Hendricks said in his nomination letter, “What sets Dr. Hendricks apart, and what makes him so deserving of this honor, is the fact that he has done great justice to a professor’s tripartite responsibility while serving primarily as an academic administrator.  He has made time in the midst of his administrative duties to mentor students, attend to scholarship, fund that scholarship, recruit and build strong faculty, and position his academic department as one of California’s best.  He is a wonderful ambassador for the work we do at the local, regional, and national levels.”

Founded in 1980, the Academy of Leisure Sciences recognizes Fellows as outstanding scholars for their contributions to the intellectual advancement of the field.  Election requires a two-thirds majority vote of current Active Fellows.  Criteria for nomination include engagement in the leisure sciences professions for more than 10 years, the quality and quantity of scholarly literature contributions, recognized leadership and involvement in professional organizations, and outstanding performance as a teacher, leader, administrator, practitioner, or researcher.

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