Purpose: to honor an individual who has provided exemplary service or noteworthy contributions in advancing the goals, ideals and standards of the Education Section. All Education Section members are eligible, including APTA staff. (APTA staff are not eligible for current Education Section awards.)


Up to 3 awards are to be given annually. The award will include a $3,000 scholarship to offset tuition or doctoral research costs and reimbursement of Academy annual dues for that year. Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is preferred though other doctoral study topics are welcomed. SoTL topics include but are not limited to the education of patients, clients, families, students (pre-professional and professional), post-professional (e.g., residents, fellows), or colleagues. One Adopt-A-Doc award is sponsored by Cardon Rehabilitation; research in the area of clinical reasoning is preferred, though not required, for this award. The award presentation will be made at the annual CSM.

Selection Process

  • Any Education Section member may nominate an individual for the Education Section President's Award. Persons making a nomination should submit a letter of nomination to the Section President by December 1st, discussing why the individual should be considered for the President's Award.
  • Final decisions will be made by the President on the recommendation of the Board.
  • During any year, up to two individuals may receive this award.
  • There may be years when this award is not given.

Individuals who are current members of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education Awards Committee, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education Board of Directors, the APTA Board of Directors, or APTA Staff are not eligible for this award and may not participate in the nomination process.

A plaque will be given to the recipient(s) and the first award(s) will be given during CSM.


Past Recipients

  • 2018 - Meadows, Johnette
  • 2018 - Ellerbe, Robyn Watson
  • 2017 - Justin Elliott, Justin
  • 2017 - Justin Moore, Justin
  • 2016 - Kontney, Laurie
  • 2016 - Mostrom, Elizabeth
  • 2015 - Price, Ellen
  • 2014 - Harris, Mary Jane
  • 2014 - Frost, Jody Shapiro