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Preparing Professionals for Best Practices in Positive Youth Development

The Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership Program is designed to equip students with the competencies, knowledge, and skills to help young people develop into healthy, competent, coping, and contributing citizens. The program prepares students to address issues facing youth in context of family and community with an emphasis on positive outcomes through a dynamic learning environment. Weekly synchronous online class time is scheduled in each course.


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Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Youth Development

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Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University

Clemson University’s Youth Development Leadership Program invites applications for a fully funded Doctoral (Ph.D.) Graduate Assistantship in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a focus on Youth Development. Job responsibilities include assisting faculty with teaching online courses in youth development and working collaboratively with faculty and graduate students on current funded research projects and priorities in Clemson’s Youth Development Leadership Program.

We encourage applicants who have an interest in positive youth development and its intersection with a broad range of ecological systems, including families, schools, youth programs, community organizations, faith-based settings, and public policy. Specific areas of focus could include health and physical activity, family environments, community recreation, play, youth sports, afterschool programs, or camps.

Funding will include a stipend and tuition waiver. In addition to the tuition waiver and stipend, most student fees will be covered as well. Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree and possess academic qualifications sufficient for acceptance into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Interested applicants should send a current resume/CV including names and contact information for three (3) references, as well as a cover letter detailing interest in the position, a description of the applicant’s intended area of study, and its connection with Clemson University’s faculty and programs in PRTM and Youth Development via e-mail to Dr. Denise Anderson. Questions about the Graduate Assistantship should be addressed to Dr. Anderson via e-mail or by phone at (864) 656-5679.

Interested students should also begin the process of seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in PRTM by visiting the following website: http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/prtm/graduate-program/phd.html. Questions about admission into the Ph.D. program in PRTM should be addressed to Dr. Denise Anderson at dander2@clemson.edu.