Lee J. deLisle - Author

Lee J. deLisle is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University. He teaches courses in event management, risk management, and contemporary issues in leisure studies. He is the program coordinator for the tourism, hospitality, and event management undergraduate degree program.

He previously taught and served as department chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Western Michigan University. He also served on the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors.

deLisle authored the text Creating Special Events for Sagamore Publishing in 2009 with a second edition in 2014 and coauthored the text The Story of Leisure in 1998 with Jay Shivers.

He has contributed research articles to the World Leisure Journal, Revista de Ciencas de la Activitad Fisica y del Deporte, the Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, SCHOLE, and publications for the National and Recreation and Park Association and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association.

He served as chair of the NRPA Education Network, 2014–2015, and previously on the SCHOLE Board of Directors. He is a contributing member of the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and a consultant for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection strategic planning efforts.

deLisle worked for ten years as the director of Parks and Recreation in Groton, Connecticut.

deLisle and his wife, flautist Rhonda Larson, and their border collie Quinn, divide their time between their homes in Killingworth, Connecticut, and Roccantica, Italy.

Creating Special Events, 2nd ed.



Creating Special Events offers the reader the opportunity to explore the many facets of planning and producing planned special events. The book is written for students of all ages and avoids overly academic jargon in an effort to make the material accessible and interesting.