The central purpose of the Academy is the intellectual advancement of leisure sciences.

This purpose is carried out in three ways:

  • First, the organization invites all interested individuals to become members of the Academy by joining a network that promotes the intellectual advancement of leisure sciences.

    In addition, the Academy continues to induct outstanding scholars, referred to as Fellows, to promote the scholarship of leisure sciences.
  • Second, through meetings, scholarship, and other activities, the Academy establishes forums for exchanging knowledge
    and ideas to advance the intellectual understanding of leisure.
  • Third, by the activities of committees, individual members, and Fellows, the Academy encourages and promotes the scholarly study of leisure among those who have demonstrated
    interest, potential, and competence.

Lawrence R. Allen

Dr. Lawrence R. Allen was Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University, from August 2001, to July, 2014, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Development since 1989 where he served as its Chair for seven years.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in recreation and park administration with a specialty area in counseling.