Kathleen A. Cordes - Author

Kathleen A. Cordes, professor emeritus, is an elected fellow in the American Leisure Academy and is vice president of the board of trustees for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) Foundation for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles.

In her capacity as interim director for the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), she served on the executive board for the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Reston, Virginia.

As a member of the White House Green Robbin Panel, Cordes served on the millennium trails committee and authored America's Millennium Trails (AAHPERD), an official project of the White House Millennium Council. She is also author of America's National Historic Trails and America's National Scenic Trails (University of Oklahoma Press). With Ibrahim, she authored Applications in Recreation and Leisure (McGraw-Hill) and Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Service Management (Eddie Bowers). 

Cordes was honors director and chair of physical education at Miramar College in San Diego, chair of physical education recreation at Whittier College (California), athletic director at Saint Mary's College (Indiana), Athletic/Recreation Director Spalding University (Louisville), professor and first woman to coach a varsity sport (tennis) at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), and a visiting professor at the University of Zulia and the University of the Andes (Venezuela).

She is the recipient of AALR's Outstanding Achievement Award and CAHPERD‘s Past Presidents' Award of Merit. Both organizations also presented her with their Distinguished Service to Leisure and Recreation awards.

Kathleen Cordes was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in Washington, D.C.  and by the California State Assembly in recognition of her dedication and promotion of innovative teaching across the country.      

Cordes is a recipient of SHAPE America’s Hall of Fame Award and was inducted into their North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals.  The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)  recognized her with its national, district, and state honor awards. She also received the state’s Verne Landreth Award for innovative leadership and outstanding professional contributions.  Indiana University recognized Cordes with their Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding achievements in the field of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.  As a monogram winner in tennis at Indiana University, she was also recognized with their Leanne Grotke Award, the highest award of its kind,  for exceptional contributions in athletics.    As the first female coach, the University of Notre Dame will be awarding her with their honorary Monogram for impressionable marks on the athletic program.      

Cordes is listed in the Who's Who of American Women (2007), Who's Who of America‘s Teachers (2008), Who's Who of America, and Who’s Who in the World. 

Kathleen Cordes serves on the San Diego County YMCA Camp Board and is on the Nature Education Committee for California’s Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation, where she has served on the Board of Directors. 

Applications in Recreation and Leisure For Today and the Future, 4th ed.



Outdoor Recreation, 4th ed.



This book is intended to be used by majors in the field but also has a purpose in liberal education and general studies.