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Patricia Kleban
Associate Teaching Professor
Director, RPTM Student Success Center
Summary Statement

My focus is on the support and development of undergraduate students as they develop the career path in RPTM.  I oversee advising, engaged learning activities, professional skill development and internship in the department.

  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Internships
  • Prerequisite Coordinator
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  • M.S., 1991 The Pennsylvania State University, Leisure Studies
  • B.S.,1982 The Pennsylvania State University, Recreation and Parks
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (1982- present)
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Office Address
The Pennsylvania State University
701 Donald H. Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Grants and Research Projects

Project Director: Resort Recreation Practicum. 3-credit engaged learning for students interested in resort recreation; off-campus learning opportunity in collaboration with industry partner. Marriott Vacation Club; Orlando Florida (2015); Hilton Head, SC (2016); West Coast (2017); The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor NJ; (2016, 2017).

Project Director: Cruise Industry Practicum: 3 credit engaged learning for students interested in the cruise industry: off campus learning opportunity in collaboration with industry partner. Carnival Cruise Line (2017).

Instructor: “Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors.” Four day training provided at the Penn Stater Conference Center. Penn State University, University Park, PA. Three year training grant funded by the Department of Defense, Veteran’s Administration and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. 2009-2012 (12 reiterations). Renewed: 2012-2015 (12 reiterations)

Co-Developer: “Marine Corps Community Service: Community Inclusion.” Co-presented with Tammy Smith. 2 day training as part of a training project through the Marine Corps. Presented at Marine Headquarters Quantico. Quantico, VA. September 18 and 19, 2012; Camp Pendleton, CA. February 5-6, 7-8, 11-12, 2013. Twenty Nine Palms, CA. February 13-14. Camp Lejeune, NC. March 5-6, 7-8, 11-12, 2013. Camp Kaneohe, Kaneohe, HI. May 14/15, 2013. 2011. Iwakuni, Japan. May 20/21, 2013. Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan. May 23/24, 2013. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. July 10/11; August 22/23, 2013.

Co-Developer: The WAMMER© Approach to inclusion Six step model for the delivery of inclusive customer services co-developed with Tammy Smith. (2009).

    Additional Information

    Conference Program Committee. PA Recreation and Park Society. 2016-2017;

    Inclusion Task Force. PA Recreation and Park Society. August 2015 - present

    Resort and Commercial Recreation Association. Board Member. 2013 – 2015.

    Technical Advisory Committee. Inclusion representative PA Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). 2013 – 2014

    Featured Columnist. November 2009 - present