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Debra Blair

Associate Professor & Director of Organizational Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Speakman Hall 315


Dr. Blair is an Associate Professor and the Director of Assessment in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management., specializing in Sports and Recreation Management. She earned her Ed.D. in Health Education at Temple University. She has been teaching since 1989 and joined STHM as an Assistant Professor in 2003. She teaches courses which focus on the areas of: diversity, ethics, program and special event planning, disability awareness, and sport and recreation management at the undergraduate level. She is responsible for STHM’s Assurance of Learning assessment initiatives. She serves on Temple University’s General Education Executive Committee as the Area Coordinator for Race & Diversity, Arts and Human Development courses and is responsible for course development, course (re)certification and support of various initiatives of the General Education administration. She also serves on the University Faculty Concerns on Disabilities Committee. She is the faculty advisor for STHM’s Rho Phi Lambda Honorary Society and Temple’s Special Olympics Student Organization.

Her industry experience spans over 25 years designing and implementing inclusive sport, tourism and leisure programs and events. She has served on numerous local, regional and national committees including the Board of Directors of the National Equality Forum, Philadelphia LGBT Affairs, Mid-East Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification: Job Analysis Committee, Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, as well as, consulted with various agencies and committees regarding the development of inclusive practices. She has presented to various audiences at the local, regional and national level.

During her career she has worked on several research grant projects including the Pennsylvania Homecoming: Strategic Development and Measurement of Family Reunions Market Project funded by the PA Commonwealth and has managed two U.S. DOE, RSA federally funded grants designed to foster development of inclusive sport and recreation programs for inner-city youth and adults with disabilities. In addition, her doctoral dissertation, Multicultural Competency and Multicultural Conflicts Encountered by Entry Level Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist provided benchmark data for the industry.