Distinguished Alumni Awards
John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award
David R. Austin - 2011David R. Austin
holds his B.A. from Union College in Kentucky, his M.S. degree from IU, and his PhD from the University of Illinois. Professor Austin was on the faculty of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at IU for 29 years. Within his home department he served as a University Division Academic Advisor; Coordinator of the Therapeutic Recreation Program; Graduate Studies Coordinator; Director of the Leisure Research Institute; and author and director of 3 state grants and 5 federal grants. For the School of Pu he was: Coordinator of Distance Education; a member and chair of HPER’s Promotion and Tenure Committee; a member and chair of HPER’s Research Council; and a member and chair of HPER’s Academic Council. At the University level he was: a member of the Bloomington Faculty Council; a member of the University Budget Committee; faculty representative to the University Athletics Committee; and a member of the AAUP Board. Professor Austin’s activities within his profession have included: Founding Member of one state and two national organizations; most frequent visitor for the National Council on Accreditation; serving as a consultant; presenting at workshops;giving professional talks throughout the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico, Canada, England, Ireland, and Australia; authoring or coauthoring scholarly articles and 5 major textbooks; serving on the NRPA Board of Trustees; and serving as president of 3 national organizations, including the Academy of Leisure Sciences. In addition, Professor Austin has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Union College in Kentucky for the past 8 years. Professor Austin is the only individual to have received the National Therapeutic Recreation Society’s Distinguished Service Award, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Distinguished Fellow Award, and the Society of Park and Recreation Educator’s Distinguished Fellow Award. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from Union College and has been named to the Union College Hall of Fame. He was presented the Brightbill Award by the University of Illinois and has received the NRPA Literary Award. Professor Austin counts as his greatest achievement being awarded Indiana University’s highest teaching award, the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching.