Marcia Jean Carter served as assistant dean in the College of Education and Human Services and professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.
Carter is currently an adjunct faculty with the University of St. Francis. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University.
She has held positions in nonprofit and public agencies in outdoor settings and community therapeutic recreation with individuals of all ages and abilities.
Carter initiated the efforts to create NCTRC and was its first chair. She has coauthored several textbooks including Therapeutic Recreation a Practical Approach, Effective Management in Therapeutic Recreation Service, and Therapeutic Recreation in the Community: An Inclusive Approach.
She serves as the editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.
She has been recognized with receipt of the J.B. Nash Scholar Award, American Association for Leisure and Recreation; Distinguished Fellow Award, American Therapeutic Recreation Association; Distinguished Service Award, National Therapeutic Recreation Society; and Distinguished Service Award, Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.
Carter is a fellow of the American Leisure Academy, National Academy of Recreational Therapists, and the Academy of Leisure Sciences.