Patricia  Kleban 

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Assistant Teaching Professor Director, RPTM Student Success Center

Contact Information

701C Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


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)

Teaching Interests

Leadership and Group Dynamics
Therapeutic Recreation
Inclusive Recreation
Internship and Professional Development

Research Interests

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).


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

Courses Taught

RPTM 101 Introduction to Recreation Services

RPTM 236 Leadership and Group Supervision

RPTM 277 Recreation for Persons with Disabilities

RPTM 394 Pre-Internship Course

RPTM 495A Internship