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Skibins joins USF faculty

To teach courses in recreation, tourism management

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

JOLIET –  Assistant Professor Jeffrey Skibins has joined the University of St. Francis Recreation, Sport & Tourism Management Department.

Skibins received a Ph.D. from Clemson University, a master’s from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

He has several years of experience working as a natural resource manager and interpreter for numerous conservation agencies in the Chicago area.

The focus of Skibins’ continuing research is improving biodiversity conservation associated with ecotourism.

He has conducted research throughout the U.S., Africa and Australia, and worked with national parks and zoos around the world consulting on issues of conservation and interpretation.

His findings are reported in premier academic journals, and he is a frequent speaker at international conservation conferences.

Established in 1974, USF’s RSTM program has prepared students to enter the leisure services profession for nearly 40 years.

The program was one of the first in the nation to become accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, and has been continuously accredited since 1983.

The mission and vision of USF’s RSTM program is to create a transformative learning environment that fosters excellence, leadership and service. Major concentrations include Community Recreation & Park Resources, Sport Operations Management, Therapeutic Recreation and Tourism and Hospitality Management.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.

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