Saturday, May 19, 2012

Students Honor University and Clinical Educators

Students in the Physical Therapy Class of 2012 recognized three outstanding educators at their graduation banquet on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Amy Foley, PT, DPT was honored with the Faculty of the Year award by the students who cited her clinical knowledge and classroom excellence in presenting the award. Amy has been a member of the core faculty in the department since 2004. The students commended Amy on her ability to serve as a mentor and role model in the classroom and clinic.

Amy Foley (L) with 2012 Class President Sam Schnabel.

Carol Hobbs, PT was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year by the students. This is the first year that this award has been given. Students in the Class of 2012 asked if they could create the award so that they could honor Carol for her year classroom excellence. The award will now be given annually to an adjunct instructor who demonstrates excellence in his or her teaching.

Carol Hobbs (R) with Class of 2012 graduate Tara Free.

Justin Trent, DPT was named Clinical Educator of the Year. This is another award that was given for the first time in 2012. The core faculty of the department wanted to begin recognizing clinical physical therapists who serve as clinical instructors for students during full-time clinical internships. These therapists do a tremendous job of polishing the raw skills of our students and we are extraordinarily grateful for all of them and the hard work they devote to being clinical instructors.

The faculty solicited nominations from the class and five clinical instructors were nominated. Class of 2012 graduate Chelsie Harper nominated Justin for the award. Her nomination cited his extraordinary clinical skill and praised him for patience, compassion and excellence in mentoring and instruction.

Justin Trent (R) with Class of 2012 graduate Chelsie Harper.

Congratulations and many thanks to these three outstanding educators and to all who give so generously to be clinical instructors. Our students benefit greatly from your efforts!