American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration call for Papers, winners receive $$ to travel and present their papers

From: Academy of Leisure Sciences [mailto:ALSNET@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Randy Virden
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 5:28 PM
Subject: 2nd Notice of 2015 AAPRA Best Paper Award Competition – Updated Award Amounts – Submissions due April17, 2015

ALSNET Colleagues, Graduate Faculty and Recent Masters and Baccalaureate Graduates:

The American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) is proud to announce its Best Paper Awards for 2015. The Best Paper Award competition rotates every other year between a doctoral dissertation (even years) and a pre-doctoral research paper (odd years). This year the Academy will recognize the Best Master’s Thesis/Project or Undergraduate Professional Paper.

BEST PAPER AWARD One (1) Best Paper Award of $750 plus expenses of up to $500 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting (at the 2015 NRPA Congress in Las Vegas) to receive the award and provide a short presentation the paper. Certificate of Merit awards will be given to the two (2) next Best Papers submitted.

Theses and papers should make a contribution to the scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration. Please review the award eligibility, entry procedure, rating criteria and timeline – see attached. An electronic application/copy of an executive summary (not exceeding 1000 words) is due to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee by Monday, April 17, 2015.

Please share this information with any recent master’s degree and/or baccalaureate graduates (open to those who completed their degree requirements in calendar years 2013 or 2014) who may be eligible or interested in such a program/award.

You may contact the Best Paper Award Chair, Randy J. Virden with any questions. You may reach him via email rjvirden or by phone at (480) 215-0340.


Randy J. Virden

Best Paper Award Chair,

American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration

Randy J. Virden, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

School of Community Resources & Development

Arizona State University


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