2018 NIRSA Directors Institute

Presented by PLAE

June 25-27, 2018 • Tucson, Arizona

Content Team
Learning Outcomes
Expo & Sponsors
Hotel & Travel

This event is now over. Please contact NIRSA Professional Development if you need any information regarding this event.

Thank You
2018 Directors Institute Sponsors

Topic Areas

Overall Learning Objectives

  • Participants will work collaboratively with other attendees to identify and solve problems (case studies) related to current challenges in collegiate recreation.

  • Participants will identify strategies and develop plans of action to more effectively lead and manage staff, communicate the relevance of collegiate recreation, and improve inclusiveness.

Registration is closed!

This event will be capped at 60 registered attendees.


Attendee Registration Options

Registration closes on May 31
NIRSA Professional Members $670
Professional Nonmembers $770

Lodging reservation information will be shared with registered attendees through their event confirmation email.

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Content Team

David Bowles, CRSS

Senior Director for Recreation and Health Promotion Services
University of Florida

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Laurie Braden, RCRSP, CRSS

Executive Director of
University Recreation
Louisiana State University

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Deb Johnson, RCRSP

Director of
UC Davis

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André Love

Executive Director
University Recreation
The University of Alabama

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NIRSA Registry

Attendees may earn NIRSA CEUs to apply toward the Registry of Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP) credential.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage in conversations directed at developing critical and reflective perspectives of the ongoing challenges and opportunities in higher education as related to campus recreation.

  • Understand critical competencies desired of future campus recreation administrators.

  • Investigate campus recreation’s contribution(s) to the delivery of services that encompass a holistic and integrated approach to student health and wellbeing.

  • Identify strategies for building and maintaining political capital at your respective institutions.

Invited Speakers

Accetta, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Portland State University

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R. Kevin
Marbury, Ph.D.

Vice President
For Student Life
University of

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D. Todd
Misener, PhD, CHES

Wellness Officer
Oklahoma State

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Perillo, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Virginia Tech

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M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D.

Vice President
of Business Affairs
& Human Resources
University of Arizona

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Schedule of Events

The schedule is subject to modification.

2018 NIRSA Directors Institute Schedule

Hotel Information

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort • Tucson, Arizona

The Inaugural 2018 NIRSA Directors Institute will be held at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, in Tucson, Arizona.

The rates for the NIRSA Directors Institute will be $130/night for single/double occupancy and will apply three 3 days prior and three 3 days after the Institute (based on availability). A link for reservations will be shared with registered attendees.

This special NIRSA rate includes:

  • self or valet parking
  • access to the Lakeside Fitness Center
  • discounted golf fees
  • internet access


What graduates from the 2014 NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level II (2014) had to say about their School experience.

The School was a great experience- probably the best professional development training I have participated in as a full-time professional. There are so many beneficial takeaways that I want to apply in my facility, and the networking opportunities were truly priceless

Anonymous, 2014 School Level II Attendee

Level II was a great way to interact with a small group of colleagues from across the country in a very intentional way. It’s not often that you get to spend that much time with other NIRSA people that you didn’t previously know – some great bonds form from that type of interaction. If you are ready to come and think and be engaged, Level II can provide that! It is definitely a “school” atmosphere and lots of learning is involved!

Anonymous, 2014 School Level II Attendee

The School provided an opportunity to network with other professionals in a setting that cannot be matched by any other NIRSA event. Spending 5 days with the same 50 people allows for a deeper relationship to develop. The faculty were so helpful and inspirational and I hope to serve as a faculty one day.

Anonymous, 2014 School Level II Attendee

Level II re-energized me. The school, the faculty, my team…everyone…reminded me of why I chose this profession and why I love it so much.

Anonymous, 2014 School Level II Attendee

With over 15 years in campus recreation, I am relatively new to NIRSA (< 4 years). The opportunity to learn from knowledgeable faculty and colleagues was valuable experience. The content and context was very applicable and relevant to my current position and career direction: encompassing and broad from a department leadership perspective.

Anonymous, 2014 School Level II Attendee

About NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Events

The School of Collegiate Recreation is where campus rec pros acquire tools and connections they need to advance their careers. It’s offered as Level I and Level II tiers.

The Level I experience is designed for recreation professionals with one-to-five years of full-time work experience. The full-time experience does not need to be in recreational sports.

Those who have more experience in the field may attend, but must understand that the sessions are geared to their less-experienced colleagues.

NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level II is designed for professionals with five or more years of full-time experience. Curricular offerings and the schedule are designed to offer an intensive program structured to provide participants with professionally challenging sessions to further develop their competencies. The interrelationship between course offerings is designed to provide a well-rounded approach to handling challenges in today’s collegiate recreation environment.

Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion.  It is not required that you attend Level 1 to be eligible to attend Level II.

Need more information?

Questions about the 2018 NIRSA Directors Institute can be directed to the NIRSA Professional Development Sr. Director, Mary Callender.