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Jo An Zimmermann

Jo An M. Zimmermann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Recreation Administration Program Coordinator


  • PhD, Clemson University
  • MBA, Olivet Nazarene University
  • BS, Western Illinois University

Contact: or 512-245-1973

 Interests: The teaching and research I prefer is applied in the sense that it relates to professional practice. My goal is to conduct research that will improve the planning and delivery of community based recreation services. As such I have conducted research on managerial functions and responsibilities, planning and evaluation of recreation programs, the development of partnerships and improving student learning. I use results from my research to inform/support my classroom teaching. My desire is to help prepare professionals for the field so that they become capable and passionate about planning and conducting quality recreation programs and services. I believe it is my job to help students gain a wider view of the world as well as prepare them to succeed in the workplace after graduation.