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My wife Abigail (Farnsworth), four children and I live in Macomb, Illinois. My career aim is to work in higher education administration and my academic interests include: innovative teaching and learning, marketing, recruitment, retention, recreation in the areas of spiritual, intellectual, physical and social development, instructional technology, lifelong learning and recreation administration. My desire is to influence higher education policy through administration. Please explore the site to learn more about me and discover some amazing learning opportunities.

Paul A. Schlag, PhD

  • Chief of Staff, Western Illinois University
  • Associate Director, Centennial Honors College
  • BS, Brigham Young University
  • MPA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • MEd, with Distinction, University of Georgia
  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • Fluent in Russian and English


  • Macomb, Illinois
  • Kosmodemyansk, Russia
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Provo, Utah
  • Krasnodar, Russia
  • Volgagrad, Russia
  • A Tent in the Rocky Mountains
  • Born and Raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fun Facts
Students Taught
Graduate Committees
Grad Committees Chaired
Interns Supervised
Independent Studies
39 Students, 102 CH
Different Courses Taught


  • Chief of Staff, Western Illinois University
  • Associate Director, Centennial Honors College
  • Assistant Department Chair, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
  • Associate Professor, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
  • Instructor, University of Georgia & Gainesville College
  • Graduate Student, University of Georgia & University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Online Instructional Designer, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, American Camp Association, Camp Twin Lakes, John T. Norton Farmers Insurance Agency
  • Administration Intern, Country Club of Colorado
  • Summer Camp Director, Orem Fitness Center
  • Computer Support Technician, BYU Library

Major Awards and Honors

  • Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society Inductee
  • Provost’s Award of Excellence in Teaching with Technology
  • College of Education/Human Services Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • Panhellenic Council Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Excellence in Education Award, Graduate Recreation Society
  • “Golden Apple Award” from Western Illinois University Student Alumni Association
  • H.O.P.E. Award (Honoring our Professors of Excellence) - 5 times
  • Honorary Member, Golden Key International Honour Society
  • College of Education and Human Services Faculty Innovators
  • “On My Honor” Adult Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • Brotherhood Member of Order of the Arrow
  • Two Time Excellence in Instructional Design Award Winner
  • Pi Lambda Theta International Honors Society
  • Nominee for the Presidential Management Internship
  • Dixon Scholarship Award Winner
  • Academic Award for Excellence in Music
  • Outstanding Musician Award
  • Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship
  • Pikes Peak Chapter Eagle Scout Scholarship
  • Eagle Scout Award
  • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award