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2020 Elections - Candidates for Office

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Biographical Information:
I've been a physical therapist educator for 44 years and a member of the Education Section for that same time. I served on faculty at Boston University, Sacred Heart University and MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP). I retired as the as Chair of the PT at MGHIHP and am now Professor Emerita. I've served in leadership positions on a number of APTA or APTA components including but not limited to:
* President and then Secretary of the Section on Research
* Ex officio member of the Foundation's Scientific Review Committee
* Editorial Board member of PTJ
* ACAPT Board of Directors
* APTA's PTCAS Work Group
* APTA Awards Sub-Committees: Research Awards, Worthingham Fellows, and Ð currently - Lectures (McMillan, Malley).

I have a strong record of professional presentations and publications and am a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals. I am the co-author of Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis now in its 6th edition, past recipient of the Baethke-Carlin Award for Outstanding Academic Teaching, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA).

Candidate Statement:
I have served the Academy as President since May 2018. Since that time, the Academy has been, and continues to go, through substantive changes. At the Board level, my strengths in collaborative leadership shifted the Board culture to one where everyone's perspectives are not only respectfully heard but where decisions are driven by active involvement and teamwork. The Academy's leadership in physical therapy education has been strengthened by assuming a more proactive role within the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) and the development of a positive working relationship with the ACAPT Board both within and outside of ELP. Those changes in culture facilitated many accomplishments including increased funding for the Adopt-a-doc awards, the one-year education research grant program, and $500,000 to the Academy's Education Endowment Fund with the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. We made extensive changes to bylaws, policies and procedures to align with contemporary best practices and to broaden and diversify member involvement. The Academy's new association management group (as of 4 months ago) is settling in and, with strong Academy leadership, will fulfilling its potential to provide the Academy with new and exciting management opportunities.

If elected to a second term as President, I would be very appreciative of the opportunity to continue the work of the past year and a half, including seeing through achievement of the goals of the 2019-2021 strategic plan (scroll to the bottom of About APTE). More importantly, the next few years are likely to be pivotal to the Academy's continued role in physical therapy education leadership; changes external to the Academy will drive the need for mindful nimbleness. My broad leadership experiences and successes both outside and inside the Academy distinctively position me to sustain the momentum of the past 18+ months and lead the Academy through the challenges ahead of us. I would be honored to serve a second term as your President.
 
Biographical Information:
Christine McCallum, PT, PhD is the Director of Clinical Education and a Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Program at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Christine is passionate about all aspects of education, including academic and clinical education, and life-long learning models that span all ages. She received her physical therapy degree from Ohio University and her graduate degrees in Higher Education Administration and Post-Secondary Education focusing on Curriculum and Instructional Studies from the University of Akron. She is a graduate of the APTA's Educational Leadership Institute (ELI). In addition to her clinical education responsibilities at Walsh, Christine teaches in the areas of professional issues, community health, service projects, updates in health care systems, is a research mentor for students and chair of the program's curriculum committee. Dr. McCallum has served the profession at the local, regional, state and national levels in various capacities over the span of her career, including a member of APTE's CSM workgroup, immediate past Vice-Chair of the ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators, past Chair of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy and the Research Committee of the Health Policy and Administration Section, past District Co-Chair of the East Central District of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and past Chair of ACAPT's Strategic Initiatives Panel on Integrated Clinical Education. She currently serves as co-chair of the Clinical Education Placement Process Taskforce, a joint task force between the NCCE and the CESIG. She is a member of the Research section and the Health Policy and Administration Section, in addition to the APTE. Dr. McCallum has numerous publications and presentations related to clinical education, direct access practice, and factors that lead to success in PT programs.

Candidate Statement:
I believe my experience of serving in leadership roles has provided me with the necessary skills to collaborate with others working towards common goals within the Academy of Physical Therapy Program Education. The APTE is positioned well to meet the current needs of its members and has goals to address future needs within the profession. Specifically, I see opportunities to advance scholarly activities related to education practices within the academic and clinic environments through collaboration with other academies within the APTA organization to heighten our brand of ÒEvery PT and PTA is an EducatorÓ. My experience in strategic planning and execution of a broad range of projects could complement the current board in its implementation of its strategic goals, especially advancement of education research, leveraging technology to meet the needs of its members and advocating for the interests of the profession. I would welcome the opportunity to serve membership as the next Vice-President of APTE.
 
Biographical Statement:
Karen Huhn PT PhD is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Physical Therapy at Husson University Bangor, ME. She is a Fellow of the Education Leadership Institute. Her past national service includes a 2-year term as chair of APTE's Research Committee and a four-year term as founding chair of the Clinical Reasoning Curricula and Research Consortium. She is a current member of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education Editorial Board. Dr. Huhn's research interests are in clinical reasoning and virtual simulations. She also is the owner of Kidz In Motion Physical Therapy in Bangor, ME.

Candidate Statement:
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run for the At Large Rep for Communications and Promotion position that will chair the communications committee. Through my experience in leadership as a program chair and in other national service positions, I have learned the crucial importance of excellent communication. APTE has created some exciting new initiatives in the past few years, and communication is vital to make members and non-members aware of all of the benefits the Academy offers. The Academy's mission is to inspire all PT's and PTA's in their roles as educators. I envision the At Large Rep working with the communications committee to complete a needs assessment to identify what educators need to support their teaching in all areas of practice, then to create and share those resources in a user-friendly, efficient manner. Academy members deserve leadership who listens to and is responsive to their needs. I hope you will find my experience in national service positions, leadership skills, and understanding of the crucial importance of communication as qualities that will be effective in this position.
 
Biographical Information:
Dr. Kellee Harper-Hanigan is currently the Associate Program Director for the developing Physical Therapy program at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, TN. She is currently completing her PhD at Indiana University in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, but also practices in the acute care setting holding a board specialty certification in Geriatrics and a Wound Care Certification. She has been a PT educator full time for the past 7 years and is passionate about utilizing interprofessional healthcare simulation to equip her students with the knowledge they will need to excel in the dynamic contemporary healthcare environment.

Candidate Statement:
The Academy of Physical Therapy Education has proven to be invaluable resource during the early and now middle years of my academic career. The professional development opportunities offered, and dynamic leadership has been exemplary. As a Nominating Committee member, I hope to support the strengthening of PT and PTA education through the advancement of educator development, elevation of educational research, and promotion of interests through collaboration and advocacy. As a Nominating Committee member, I hope to assist in the provision of qualified candidates for leadership that will uphold the mission and goals of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.
 
Biographical Information:
My name is Lorna Hayward and I am a tenured professor of physical therapy at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I have 24 years of experience in physical therapy higher education. My professional education includes a BS in physical therapy, masters degree in public health and doctorate in education. Related to scholarship, I have published over 45 manuscripts and won numerous grants to support my research focus of innovative instructional strategies employing reflection, standardized patients, student consultancy teams, novice to expert development, and international service learning. I have received numerous awards including the Stanford Award by the Journal of PT Education in 2000, Leadership in Education Award in 2013, and Distinguished Educator Award in 2002 from the APTA Education section.

Candidate Statement:
Over the past 20 years, have served the APTA in a number of ways. I have been a member of the APTA and Education section since 2000 and HPA section and Global Health SIG since 2009. Within these two sections, I have served on committees related to technology, outcomes, educational priorities, and global health. I was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in 2012 and recently completed a third consecutive term. At this point in my career, I am looking to increase my contributions to the profession. My combined experience and longevity in the field will enable me, as a member of the nominating committee, to identify individuals within the Education section with leadership capacity.
 
Biographical Information:
Teresa M. Cochran PT, DPT, GCS, MA, FNAP. Teresa is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Kearney. Teresa earned MA (psychology) and DPT degrees (University of Nebraska and Creighton University, respectively), and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the area of Health Practice and Medical Education at UNMC. Prior to her current position, Teresa spent 15 years as a faculty member at Creighton University, earning tenure and serving as Director for the Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education, the Transitional DPT program, and the Academic Program of the Creighton University-Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation Geriatric Residency. She also served as Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy. Teresa's teaching responsibilities have spanned the behavioral sciences, evidence-based clinical reasoning, geriatrics, differential diagnosis, neuromuscular and vestibular rehabilitation, community-based health promotion, and team-based care. Teresa has been a member of APTA since 1993, and has served in multiple positions in APTA Nebraska, including Federal Government Affairs Liaison and chapter President.

Candidate Statement:
As a 22-year member of the APTE, I am both humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group. I have had the good fortune of collaboration with many visionary mentors and colleagues to guide the formation of our next generation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. My experience as a clinician, educator and administrator, combined with a record of leadership in multiple and varied capacities lends credibility to my offer of service, as well as evidence of potential value to APTE. I would be grateful for your kind consideration of my nomination.
 
Biographical Information:
Ashley Poole has been practicing physical therapy for the past 20 years in a variety of settings. She received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Winston Salem State University. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. Ashley is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program where she supervises students in the clinic as well as teaches cardiopulmonary and complex medical management courses. Ashley is currently serving on the ABPTS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Council and the nominating committee for APTA North Carolina. She is an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor and also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer of the CCIP Level 1 course. As a proud member of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE), Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT), and the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (CVP) Section, she is currently serving on the AACPT and CVP section vital sign workgroup. She is also a member of an APTA-sponsored team that is performing a systematic review of hospital mobility programs.

Candidate Statement:
I feel I can bring a fresh perspective to the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group (SIG) having recently transitioned from a clinical position to an academic faculty position at a large institution. I would enjoy the opportunity to encourage and enhance communication between academic faculty and those interested in academic faculty positions as well as help facilitate opportunities for academic faculty development and mentoring. It is important to utilize both new and experienced APTE members to drive the purpose of this group which is to serve as a resource and facilitate networking for all individuals interested in the roles, responsibilities, teaching, scholarship and service of academic faculty. I feel the role of secretary/treasurer is a good fit for my organization and communication skills. The responsibility of keeping minutes and maintaining records will give me a more intimate understanding of the SIG's initiatives, and the responsibility of distributing information to the SIG's members will give me the opportunity to connect and network with others who can offer valuable input to the SIG's initiatives. I am excited for the opportunity to influence positive change in a leadership position within this special interest group.
 
Biographical Information:
Dr. Jamie Dehan has worked with the Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 2010. She initially joined the program as an adjunct faculty, then served as the director of clinical education for six years, and now serves as the program director. She stays current in the clinical field with experience in a variety of settings to include home health, acute hospital, acute rehab, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient sport rehab, and long-term care. Dr. Dehan enjoys helping the next generation of our profession develop their God-given talents and follow their true calling in becoming a physical therapist. Historically she has contributed to her state-level association as the Programming committee chair, Standards & Practice committee chair, and Professional Competency committee member. She has contributed to her regional clinical education consortium serving on the research committee. She began her academic career at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Physical Therapy degrees. She continued her commitment to lifelong learning by completing her transitional doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kan. and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration through Saint Louis University. Dr. Dehan is excited to take her commitment to the profession to the next level by serving in a national position.

Candidate Statement:
Dr. Dehan is an excellent candidate for a position on the nominating committee within the Academic Faculty SIG as she has developed many relationships with fellow physical therapists through her work as director of clinical education and program director, on her state affiliate board, through her regional clinical education consortium, and as an APTA CCIP Level 1 trainer. Being friendly and outgoing, she will be able to draw on these skills to help others reach their potential in serving our professional organization. She has a passion to aid the SIG in its desire to help equip faculty members with the tools and knowledge to manage professionalism issues with students, changing viewpoints on admissions criteria, the demand for alternative learning strategies, and many other topics explored during SIG round table discussions. She is excited at the possibility of helping strength the Academic Faculty SIG and help it find its place within the changing landscape of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Following the examples of the many wonderful mentors and friends she has had the privilege of working with and learning from over the past fourteen years of her career, she looks forward to your vote in supporting her desire to serve on the nominating committee within the Academic Faculty SIG. Thank you.
 
Biographical Information:
Carol Beckel received her B.S. in Physical Therapy (1992), her Masters in Higher Education (2004), and her PhD in Educational Studies (2012) from Saint Louis University. She has maintained licensure in the state of Missouri since 1992. Her clinical background is in acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, school based, and pro bono practice both in St. Louis, MO and Punta Gorda, Belize. During her 10 years of full-time clinical practice she served as a clinical instructor (CI) for PT students at all preparation levels and from diverse academic programs. She joined the faculty of Saint Louis University in 2002 and transitioned into the role of the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in 2004. She oversees all phases of clinical education with greater than 80 students per class. She is a member of the College Affiliations Committee comprised of clinical coordinators from numerous other disciplines. The Committee is charged with streamlining clinical education processes and generating clinical faculty development opportunities across the College.

Dr. Beckel previously served the Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG) as the recording secretary for a 2-year term and is completing her first term as the Academic Chair for the CESIG. She also served as the secretary for the Central ACCE Consortium for 4 years, and as the chair of the Nominating Committee and Membership Chair for the Eastern District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association. She attends and participates in national, regional, state, and local meetings to discuss and shape the future of clinical education. Additionally, she served on the Board for Hillside Health Care International in Belize from 2012-2019 and volunteers at the clinic as a CI for physical therapy students from Saint Louis University and other academic programs.

Candidate Statement:
It is exciting to be part of clinical education leadership at this time. There is much work to do and many incredible individuals to serve alongside. I am eager for another opportunity to co-lead the CESIG and continue working on initiatives to improve the clinical preparation of students in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs. In my first two years as the Academic Co-Chair for the CESIG, I've worked for improved communication with the leadership at APTA, Liaison International, the Physical Therapist Assistant Educators SIG, and the National Consortium of Clinical Education. The increased communication over the past two years sets the stage for continued work on addressing the assessment of students in the clinic, ensuring the support of third-party payers for clinical education, and supporting the desire of clinical educators to share their expertise with students. Along with building on the success of the past two years, I look forward to new initiatives such as opportunities to recognize excellent clinical sites and addressing the interruption of clinical placements for other professional development opportunities. Clinical education is never static. If offered the opportunity to serve as the Academic Co-Chair of CESIG for a second term, I commit to being a dynamic part of the current initiatives to elevate clinical education to greater heights.
 
Biographical Information:
Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a clinician and educator from Southern California. She is the Director of Clinical Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and practices at a private clinic in Anaheim, California where she educates the community on movement related issues and prevention. She has been an active member of the APTA since 1982 and a member of the Education, Orthopedic, and Geriatric Sections for many years. She has received the Charles Magistro Service Award for California. She has a subspecialty in Performing Arts Medicine, assisting dancers, instrumentalists, actors and creative performers with injury prevention and management. She is currently serving as a medical advisor to Pacific Crest, a Drum and Bugle Corp, and has served as a technical advisor for the film and television industry. Dr. Konecne has served on the California Chapter Board, and has held numerous committee positions. She is currently completing her PhD in Leadership.

Candidate Statement:
Thank you for considering me for this incredible opportunity to serve the members of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. I have been a member of the APTA since 1982. As I review the work that has previously been done in the Section/Academy, I am excited for future possibilities and I am inspired by those who have made this journey a reality. I look forward to joining the current leadership team of the SIG as the Academic Co-Chair and working towards expanding the vision while moving closer to the goals that have been set by the SIG and Academy. I believe we still have work to do to increase opportunities for clinicians and the PT education community to come together, to increase diversity in the education community, to increase our knowledge about how education can be delivered effectively and efficiently without "lowering the bar," to continue to increase education research that will guide our outcomes and, to mentor others as they discover and use their leadership skills to serve our profession. I have a creative and open mind and ma known for thinking outside of the box. I believe that we need this type of leadership on our team to assist as our mission is accomplished. Working to further create and refine our clinical partnerships and build improved access to the current and future research regarding educational methodology to all parties involved should be an ongoing process. Thank you for the opportunity to run and I look forward to serving you responsibly in this role.
 
Biographical Information:
Stephanie Anderson earned her DPT from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006, and completed a BA in Biology from Greenville University. She has been practicing in the area of orthopedics for the past 13 years, achieving her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Board Certification. Over the past several years she has transitioned into a full-time academic role, with an appointment as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education with University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tampa, FL. She is a current APTA and FPTA member, with membership in the Education and Orthopedic Sections. She also serves as a member of the Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators (FCCE), CESIG, and FPTA Assembly Representative.

Candidate Statement:
I have a passion for excellence in clinical education and an increased enthusiasm to become more involved regionally and nationally. I am eager to use my experiences to give back to a profession that I love. I would be honored to serve as membership secretary for CESIG.
 
Biographical Information:
Dr. Heather Mack earned a doctorate in physical therapy at the Chatham University of Pittsburgh, PA and has a bachelor's degree in Health Physical Activity and Sport: Athletic Training from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mack is currently pursuing an EdD with a concentration in Health and Physical Activity from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mack serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Saint Francis University. Where she manages clinical rotations for second and third year physical therapy students. Dr. Mack also serves as the instructor for the Professional Development Courses within the Physical Therapy Curriculum, as well as Pediatric Patient Management. She also teaches special topics electives in Therapeutic Riding, Aquatics, and Assistive/Adaptive Tech, and assists with Advanced Pediatrics.

She is a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including: acute care, skilled nursing, long term acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, home health, early intervention, outpatient pediatric and school-based physical therapy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also serves as Residency Faculty for the Saint Francis University's Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Mack is a member of the APTA< PPTA, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Academy of Physical Therapy Education, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and the section on Research, Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy. Dr. Mack is the incoming Secretary for the West Central District of the PPTA.

Dr. Mack is a member of RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America), International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP), and the 3 Rivers Academic Consortium. She is an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Credentialed Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Mack is also active in the PPTA PAC event planning subcommittee for the PA state conference, 3 RAC continuing education committee, SFU DPT NHS co-advisor, SFU Faculty Development Committee, SFU One Francis Leadership Committee and communications and budget taskforces. Dr. Mack is also the Coordinator of the GO Baby Go Program at Saint Francis University. She also is the coordinator of the Sensitive Santa program at Saint Francis University.

Candidate Statement:
Hello! I am excited to be considered a candidate for CE SIG Secretary. As the Assistant Director of Clinical Education, I also instruct our students on points of professionalism, I feel it is my duty not only to the profession but to demonstrate to our students that we are practicing what we preach to them regarding being an active and informed member of the APTA. I also feel as a professional we have a duty to serve our fellow therapists and step up to take an active role when we can. I am passionate about Clinical Education. I have risen through the ranks from CI to SCE and then transitioned to academia and became the Assistant Director of Clinical Education. I want to be more involved with the CE SIG and I think this is an excellent way I can be of service to the SIG. I Would be honored to serve as Secretary and bring my background and talents to the CE SIG leadership. Thank you for your Consideration.
 
Biographical Information:
As Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the PT Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC, Omaha NE) since 2015, and the founding Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Southeast Community College PTA program (Lincoln, NE 2009-2015), I am passionate about and engaged in teaching, research and service related to student wellness, quality improvement in physical therapy education and clinical education readiness.

With this interest and passion, I serve as Chair of the Clinical Coordinators Committee for the College of Allied Health Professions at UNMC and was inducted into the UNMC campus-wide Interprofessional Academy of Educators, serving on the clinical teaching and clinician wellness special interest groups. I am pursuing a PhD within UNMC's Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine, with a special interest in therapist burnout and student wellness.

As a longstanding member of the APTA and member of the APTE and CESIG, I value the advocacy and professional development this organization brings to advance the profession. My professional experience includes election for 2 terms as the Vice-President of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Relative to clinical education, I have been an invited speaker at the regional, national, and international level on topics related to burnout, clinical education, interactive learning, and TEAMSTEPPs. I am an APTA Level I Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Trainer and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.

Candidate Statement:
My interest in serving as the Membership Secretary of the APTE Clinical Education SIG is to represent my colleagues at the national level during this very exciting time for clinical education. My leadership can aid the profession as we examine how to ensure that the clinical education of the future is a sustainable model. I would very much like to be part of this conversation and help facilitate participation of all stakeholders in this process. The experiences I have gained as a clinician, clinical instructor, ACCE, DCE, and service in a leadership role at the regional level would make me a viable candidate for this position.
I would be honored to serve the Clinical Education SIG in this capacity and appreciate your consideration of me for this position.
 
Biographical Information:
I am the director of clinical education (DCE) and assistant professor in the physical therapy program at A.T. Still University. I have also completed certifications as a credentialed clinical instructor, advanced clinical instructor, and certified to teach the Level 1 Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program through the American Physical Therapy Association. Clinically, I am board certified in neurology by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and have over 10 years of clinical experience in the areas of acute care and neurorehabilitation. Prior to becoming the DCE, I served as a Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) at a large academic medical center for several years.

Candidate Statement:
It excites me to be involved in the CESIG in anyway. I hope to be part of the nominating committee in order to facilitate other strong members of the PT community to serve this special interest group. This would be my first position in a special interest group.
 
Biographical Information:
Erica Sue Sherman, PT, DPT, MBA Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Central Michigan University in 2006 and the Masters in Business Administration program at Northwood University in 2009. In 2018, she earned her board certification as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. In her clinical practice, she cares for critically ill patients at a level 1 trauma center. At the University of Michigan-Flint, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an Associate Director of Clinical Education. She is also a member of the Acute Care, Geriatrics, and Education sections of the APTA and is chair of the Detroit Area Clinical Education Forum. Erica's research interests are defining entry-level performance in clinical education for DPT students and interprofessional collaboration and communication.

Candidate Statement:
I am excited about the opportunity to become more involved within the Academy of Physical Therapy Education Clinical Education Special Interest Group. I have greatly appreciated the resources and excellent mentoring provided by the APTE CE-SIG membership during my transition from full time clinician to an Associate Director of Clinical Education. As a Nominating Committee Member, I am looking forward to collaborating with other CE-SIG members as we define our path forward as a physical therapy clinical education community.
 
Biographical Information:
Susan S. Tomlinson, PT, DPT, is an Associate Professor and is the Director of Clinical Education in the physical therapy program at Arcadia University, a position she has held for the past 17 years. Her clinical career has focused in the inpatient acute rehabilitation and home care settings with emphasis on working with patients with neurological disorders. Examples of her professional involvement include current roles serving as chair of the nominating committee of the APTE CESIG, as a Director at Large for ACAPT's NCCE, and as a trainer for APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program, Level 1. She was an inaugural member on APTA's Clinical Education Technology Task Force, served as secretary for her area clinical education consortium and for ACAPT's terminal internship consortium. She has presented nationally on a variety of topics in clinical education. Susan completed her MS in physical therapy at Duke University and a post-professional DPT at Arcadia University.

Candidate Statement:
I have enjoyed my role on the CESIG nominating committee and am eager to continue that service. Identifying talents of others and empowering them to make a difference is what any thriving organization needs. The CESIG has been a valuable support to clinical education stakeholders and will play an increasing role as we see clinical education evolve over the coming years. In my role as DCE, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with clinicians throughout the country. The commitment and dedication of these individuals inspires me and I count myself lucky to have these relationships. I look forward to the possibility of continuing my service to the clinical education community in this capacity. Thank you for considering me for this position on the nominating committee.
 
Biographical Information:
As a native of Southern Illinois, Lisa Stejskal has spent her 36-year PTA career working in acute/subacute care in St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois; most recently in geriatric care settings in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. During the past 15 years, Lisa has worked in PTA education, as ACCE and instructor, at Southwestern Illinois College, Mount Washington College and Mount Wachusett Community College. Currently, Lisa is the director for a federally-funded grant program, Health Career Opportunity Program, at Mount Wachusett Community College. She has served the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as an on-site reviewer for the past 5 years and was recently elected to serve as a commissioner on the PTA Panel beginning January 2020.

Throughout her career, Lisa has been active in the APTA, serving at the chapter level in Missouri, Illinois, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Some of the positions she has held in these various chapters include Membership Committee Chair, District Secretary, Assembly District PTA representative, PTA Caucus Representative and Director on the Board of Directors. At the national-level, Lisa has served the PTA Caucus as alternate delegate and delegate. Additionally, she has served on multiple APTA committees. She is a member of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the section on Health Policy and Administration, HPA, The Catalyst. Her section leadership includes serving as Vice Chair of the PTA Educator SIG (2012-2014).

Candidate Statement:
It would be an honor to serve the membership in the role of PTAE SIG Vice-Chair. I feel my prior background working in, and with, the PTAE SIG leadership uniquely positions me to hit the ground running to move the goals of the PTAE SIG forward. It would be an honor to be part of the leadership team that facilitates the advancement of PTs and PTAs as educators through professional development and research by breaking down silos and working smarter, not harder, together.
 
Biographical Information:
Beverly is a Physical Therapist Assistant for 28 years, 12 of which she served as the clinical coordinator of education and instructor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Hazleton. Throughout her career, she has worked in various Physical Therapy settings focusing on acute care, orthopedics, aquatics and clinical education serving as the SCCE and Clinical Instructor. She had the opportunity to present at CSM in 2014, 2015, 2019 for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Recently she presented a poster on her research on educational pedagogy and clinical preparation for the APTA Pennsylvania Chapter MovePA conference. She has achieved the APTA's Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy and Education Physical Therapy. She is an active member of both the APTA and APTA Pennsylvania. Service includes, Secretary of the Northeast District from 2019-2021, Served on the nominating committee/chair for the PTAE SIG from 20162017. Is a member of the PTAESIG, AFSIG, CESIG and is a member of the Pennsylvania Pocono Susquehanna Clinical Education Consortia and Pennsylvania PTA SIG.

Candidate Statement:
My passion for the profession and education has motivated me to apply for a position within the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Having the honor to previously serve, I know first-hand what amazing things are being done to support the education of the PTA. I want to continue my involvement in such an important organization. Serving as an ACCE, I understand first-hand the challenges the profession faces in both the academic and clinical settings. I am an enthusiastic, task-oriented, well organized and hardworking individual that thrives on challenges. I would like to provide my experience, expertise, and knowledge of PTA education. I value the support from our professional organizations and would like to have the opportunity to serve. It would be an honor to be part of the future development of our profession and the role of the PTA. As a PTA and educator, I am truly passionate about the profession of physical therapy and the importance of both the PT/PTA roles and the significance of education. I would like to become a more dynamic participant while supporting the progress, growth, and development of education in physical therapy.
 
Biographical Information:
I am currently serving as the Program Director for the PTA program at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque, NM. I started at CNM as the ACCE and then assumed the role of Program Director during the initial accreditation phase and have been actively involved in every aspect of the program from development through initial accreditation and the successful graduation of three cohorts. Prior to my role as a PTA Program Director, I worked as a Physical Therapist in Acute Care for 15 years and then transitioned to an outpatient Orthopaedic Clinic for the next 15+ years. I do continue to work as an outpatient PT 2-5 days a month. I am excited to return to the area of service for the APTA as I believe it is essential to the future of our profession.

Candidate Statement:
As an educator in a local PTA program, I would like to be both aware and involved in the issues facing our profession both globally and locally. I tis important to me that I facilitate and enhance community awareness of the role of PTA's in our state and to increase the PTA membership in the NM Chapter. Additionally, I am interested in the ongoing reimbursement issues facing PT's and PTA's and am willing to serve in any capacity in an effort to give back to the profession that has given me a fulfilling career!
 
Biographical Information:
I graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. In 2015 I returned to UTHSCSA to complete a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

I worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic from 2002 Ð 2013. In December 2013, Tyler Junior College hired me to develop and serve as the Program Director for their PTA Program. In addition to my role as Program Director, I have served as a volunteer item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy since 2015 and provide pro bono physical therapy services through Bethesda Health Clinic in Tyler, Texas.

Candidate Statement:
It would be a privilege to serve on the PTA Educators SIG Nominating Committee. I believe that leadership development and improving communication between PTA educators is key to improving the quality of PTA education. In my five years as a Program Director, I have seen the importance of having quality leaders representing PTA Programs and PTA educators. If selected, I will do my best to encourage participation and leadership development of PTA educators.
 
Biographical Information:
Sara Kraft PT, DPT, NCS, ATP has expertise and experience in physical therapy education and in the provision of physical therapy services to adults with neurological conditions in outpatient and inpatient acute and rehabilitation settings. She is a certified assistive technilogy professional where she continues to practice clinically. She has been engaged in higher education as an educator at graduate and post-professional levels. She is an associate professior at the Medical University of South Carolina, and is the co-founder and director of the MUSC Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She is the current chair of the APTA residency/fellowship special interest group which recently published a compendium of residency fellowship educational resources to facilitate excellence in residency fellowship education. Most of her research has been qualitative involving surveys and focus groups. This work has been primarily centered around student learning in student run free clinics, and simulated experiences. She has been the faculty advisor of the MUSC student run free clinic since 2010 and works as a volunteer clinician every Wednesday evening.

Candidate Statement:
I hope to continue to serve as the RFESIG chair for the next 2 years. My goal is to continue to grow the SIG and help serve its members by facilitating communication and collaboration between specialty areas. I believe the SIG has the opportunity to further advance residency/fellowship education through research collaborative relationships, resource sharing, and identifying areas that lend themselves to mutually beneficial alliances.
 
Biographical Information:
I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University-St. Louis in 2005 then moved to Houston, TX to begin my career in Outpatient Sports and Orthopedics. In 2014 I graduated from the Houston Methodist Sugar Land PT Orthopedic Residency Program. I received my Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2015 and that year I also became a faculty member and mentor for the residency program. In 2016, I became a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapists.

I have been a member of the APTA since 2005 and a member of the Academy of PT Education for the past 5 years.

Personally, I have held various leadership positions in the Alumnae Chapter of my Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. These various leadership positions have allowed me to become familiar with organizing, participating, and voting in committee and national meetings using Roberts Rules of Order- Newly Revised. I have been an ASL interpreter for the Sorority's Conventions and for my church. I enjoy running, volunteering with my sorority and running club as well experiencing the many restaurants and sporting activities in the Houston area.

Candidate Statement:
My passion for lifelong learning is evident by my commitment to advanced post professional education as a student and faculty mentor. I joined the Residency/Fellowship Education SIG (RFESIG) because I believe there is no limit to learning. We can all grow as educators which is why I recommended a mentoring program for Residency/Fellowship Directors and Coordinators during my second year as RFESIG Secretary/Treasurer
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Although this is not a specific duty of the role, as a keeper of the meeting minutes I noticed the common theme from the membership at CSM; they wanted to learn more as well!

If re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer, I will continue to document the minutes with excellence in order to inform the membership of the SIG's activities and the progress being made at the committee board meetings.

As a fiscal officer, I will ensure the committee is utilizing the available funds for the needs of the membership and document changes in expenditures in a timely manner.
Please allow me the honor of serving you, yet again, by voting for Chrysta Lloyd as RFESIG Secretary/Treasurer.
 
Biographical Information:
Tara Dickson, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director for Clinical Education in UT Southwestern Medical Center's DPT program. She is also a residency mentor and instructor within the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at UT Southwestern. She earned her BS in Health Sciences from James Madison University. Dr. Dickson then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University and a PhD in Higher Education from the University of North Texas in 2019. She has completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency from UT Southwestern Medical Center. At UT Southwestern, she also teaches medical screening, professional development, and musculoskeletal patient management in the DPT program. Dr. Dickson is an active member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association, where she has served as the North Texas District's Treasurer for two years and has been recognized as a fellow from the Tom Waugh Leadership Development Program. She is also a member of the Residency/Fellowship Education, Clinical Education, and Academic Faculty Special Interest Groups within the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.

Candidate Statement:
I would be honored to serve as a nominating committee member for the Residency/Fellowship Education SIG (RFSIG). I have served as a member of the RFESIG for three years, and in that time I have participated as a member of the RFESIG Think Tank. In this role, I worked closely with other RFESIG members and residency/fellowship program directors to develop a valuable collection of resources that can enhance residency and fellowship education nationally. This initiative has shown me the power of collaboration among a talented group of individuals, and how we can use our educational knowledge to improve curricula across specialty programs. I am also very interested in using my background in higher education to develop research further on both residency/fellowship outcomes and curriculum development. Because of my background in higher education and both past and current involvement in residency education, I believe I have a good understanding of the initiatives our members would like the SIG to pursue. As such, I would appreciate your consideration of me as a nominating committee member.
 
Biographical Information:
Dr. Brown currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academics and Clinical Affairs for the School of Physical Therapy at Arkansas Colleges of health Education in Fort Smith, AR. Prior to that, she served as Program Director at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA and as a faculty member at Simmons University in Boston, MA.

Dr. Brown received her Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons University in Boston, MA. IN January of 2015, she completed her PhD in Health Professions Education at Simmons as well. Primary areas of research include instructional methods and assessment practices in anatomy education, predictors of success or difficulty in the DPT curriculum and the impact of interprofessional learning. Her areas of teaching include human anatomy, components of the musculoskeletal sequence, professionalism and interprofessional education.

Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and a graduate of the APTA's Education Leadership Institute Fellowship. Additionally, she is credentialed by the APTA as an Advanced Clinical Instructor and a trainer for the Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program.

Candidate Statement:
I am interested in serving the Academy of Physical Therapy Education as Vice Chair of the Scholarship of Education SIG. I have developed a passion for education research and would like to be part of not only creating avenues to facilitate the research itself, but perhaps more importantly, the networks for collaboration, support and dissemination. I feel that my strengths and skill set are well suited to this role to be a strong collaborator with the SIG chair and to help facilitate growth of the SIG in general.

I first got involved with the educational research during my PhD in Health Professions Education. After that, I was very fortunate to be on a faculty with several individuals engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Among my own faculty, I was surrounded by mentors, collaborators and individuals who inspired me. About a year ago, I took a new position on a faculty where I am the only person engaging in educational research and found myself much more isolated in my research endeavors. It was then that I started to seek out additional resources and became much more engaged in the SoE SIG. I would love this opportunity to get more involved to not only help further advance the SIG, but also as an opportunity to give back for the support it has provided me. Thank you for your consideration as the Scholarship of Education SIG Vice Chair.
 
Biographical Statement:
Hina Garg completed my Bachelor of Physical Therapy (PT, 2008) from G.G.S. Indraprastha University India, M.S. in Kinesiology (2010) from Texas A & M University and PhD in Rehabilitation Science (2015) from the University of Utah. She is a licensed physical therapist, neurologic clinical specialist, and passionately works to optimize function and quality of life in individuals with various neurologic, vestibular and pelvic conditions. She is an associate professor in the entry-level DPT program at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and primarily teaches in research, evidence-based practice and professionalism courses, and co-teaches in anatomy, neuroscience, neuro-rehab, and cardio-pulmonary rehab courses. At the RMUoHP, she has also established the Multiple Sclerosis physical therapy and wellness center which provides various rehabilitation services to individuals with MS in Utah. Her research interests include factors affecting fatigue, postural control and fall-risk in people with MS, and best practices to integrate cultural competency and evidence-based practice education within the physical therapy curriculum. Over the last 2-3 years, she has dynamically served on the APTA Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy Balance and Falls special interest group (SIG) where she successfully designed and led the annual #preventfallschallenge allowing students and faculty members to participate in a community wide fall prevention awareness event, and on the APTA section of research membership committee, where she streamlined the student travel fund mechanisms to multiple annual meetings. She is also involved in the Utah PT association board, where she diligently works to promote awareness and visibility of the local research section by organizing evidence-based sessions in the biannual PT meetings, and by laying the groundwork for a platform to discuss PT research in the state of Utah.

Candidate Statement:
I am very excited about the possibility of serving the scholarship of education group within the Academy of PT Education as a vice-chair. I have been involved in the scholarship of PT education for over 3 years after beginning my career in academia, where I have learnt the need for additional research and scholarship on current educational challenges in PT. I have seen great collaborations between the APTE, ACAPT and have attended multiple meetings discussing the state and future of PT education at CSM and ELC, and have significantly learnt from these conversations. These opportunities have allowed me to ask many research questions including the training and assessment of socio-cultural and other professional competencies, evidence-cased practice and interprofessional practice competencies in PT students. I believe that my strong clinical research background has allowed me to effectively investigate these questions as I designed my didactic courses which in turn, has considerably enhanced my teaching ability and has truly transformed me into an Ôevidence-informed educator'. I believe that the learning and networking opportunities at the scholarship of education group are immense, and that this group has the potential to significantly enhance our knowledge base in PT and PT assistant education. Therefore, in the vice-chair position at this group, I would like to facilitate meaningful discussions, and contribute to the development and distribution of informative resources to PT educators at the national level. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Academy membership.
 
Biographical Information:
Tricia Prokop is an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. Tricia began practicing physical therapy after graduating with her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Her clinical area of expertise is in pediatric sports medicine, and she has been practicing at CT Children's Medical Center Sports Medicine Division for over 12 years. Tricia started teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford in 2010 and made the decision to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership given her interest in teaching and learning. She graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017 and has since been dedicating her scholarly agenda to investigating the relationship between metacognition and effective clinical reasoning.

Candidate Statement:
I have had the privilege to participate in extensive program-level service given the role of Associate Program Director. I have been dedicated and driven to excel in these tasks; however, my true passion and interest lie in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I desire to collaborate with similarly interested colleagues and have found that involvement in the Scholarship of Education (SOE) SIG is an excellent network to facilitate such opportunity. I have been a member of the APTA since 2005 and a member of the Academy since 2010. As someone who was interested in finding a way to give back to the Academy, I have been pleased to serve as a member of the SOE SIG Nominating Committee for the past term. During this term I have endeavored to provide accessible communication to the officers and members of the SOE SIG via email and conference meetings. In the future, I will strive to work closely with the officer board to further timely, accurate communication in hopes of facilitating meaningful opportunities that will benefit all members of the SIG. It has been my pleasure to be a member of this SIG and the Academy, and I am happy to serve.
 
Biographical Information:
I am currently the Chair of the Department of Human Movement Science (Exercise Science and Physical Therapy) in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. I have been a member of the physical therapy faculty at OU for 29 years. As an active member of the Education Section and APTE for many years, including the Clinical Education SIG and the Academic Faculty SIG, I have served on the Program Committee, the Awards Committee and was Chair of the Academic Faculty SIG. My areas of research interest are in student and faculty development and interprofessional education.

Candidate Statement:
I am finishing my first term on the nominating committee for the Scholarship of Education SIG. I have enjoyed connecting with the officers and members of the SoESIG and working on this committee. I would like to continue working with members to achieve the goals of the SoESIG, to promote educational scholarship in physical therapy and to foster networking and collaboration among educational researchers. Continuing on the nominating committee for one more term is one way that I feel I can support and contribute to the SoESIG.
 
Biographical Information:
Torey Gilbertson, PT, PhD, DPT, PCS is a full time lecturer at the University of Washington who primarily teaches the anatomy course for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Masters of Occupational Therapy, and Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics programs. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming, Torey received his DPT from Pacific University in Oregon in 2003 and practiced clinically for 12 years in pediatrics - mixing time between outpatient and school-based services. He taught the Pediatric Physical Therapy course at the University of Puget Sound in 2008. He also became a board certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy in 2008 and renewed it in 2018. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in 2015. His dissertation work focused on using a NeuroGame Therapy system (an active video game based in augmented reality) to help train the tibialis anterior muscles in children who had cerebral palsy affecting both lower extremities. In addition to teaching the anatomy course, Torey also teaches Modalities and co-instructs Functional Skills and Pediatric Physical Therapy. He previous taught the Kinesiology lab and assisted in the integumentary course. His primary research interest has changed from clinical research to educational research and he has presented on the student use of his anatomy lectures which were recorded during his live lectures. Recently, he presented on a Pediatric Integrated Clinical Education experience as well as the use of low fidelity simulation for wound care. He is in the process of surveying anatomy educators on their program to investigate course structure, grading criteria, and remediation.

Candidate Statement:
I have been involved with the AE SIG since its inception and have attended the meetings at ELC and CSM each year. I've enjoyed the collaboration with fellow anatomy educators and strive to continue to help each of us improve our courses through instruction and other processes. As chair, I want to continue to promote anatomy education through advocacy of programming at ELC and CSM so we, as anatomy educators, can continue to show competency to meet CAPTE requirements. The more we know about how others teach and structure their courses, the better we can all become. I'm also passionate about mentoring. Though only in my 5th year of academia, I've learned a lot and want to share my knowledge with new instructors as well as accept mentorship from those who have more experience and are willing to share their expertise. I thank you for your consideration for chair of the Anatomy Educators SIG.
 
Biographical Information:
Matthew Condo is an assistant professor at Methodist University. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy, and doctorates in physical therapy and education from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015 and 2019 respectively. Dr. Condo currently teaches human anatomy, diagnostic imaging, and differential diagnosis for the Methodist DPT program. Dr. Condo's research agenda centers on clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills of the student and novice physical therapist.

Candidate Statement:
I feel that anatomy education is the cornerstone of the health sciences. Anatomy allows students to not only learn the human body but also synthesize information in meaningful ways that will enhance their PT education and careers. I also want to provide a larger impact to the PT profession and academics as well. I believe that the foundation of PT education lies in the high standards and rigor that separates PT education from other programs. Leadership in committees and academies is essential to maintaining these standards. It is my desire to be one of these leaders as I believe that I have many things to offer PT education.
 
Biographical Information:
Christine Conroy has over 30 years of experience in the field of physical therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Midwestern University. Her research interests are in interprofessional education and collaboration and in diabetic care in underserved populations. She has been an educator for more than 20 years and has been teaching neuromusculoskeletal anatomy for all those years. She has worked with many patients with type I and Type II diabetes throughout the course of her career, primarily in the area of wound care. She has also been dedicated to serving underserved patient populations through her work with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). In addition to her clinical work Christine previously served as the practice chair for the Biophysical Agents portion of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM). Recent awards include induction as a Fellow to the National Academies of Practice (April 2016); Distinguish Service Award for the American Physical Therapy Association ACEWM (February 2016) and is the first physical therapist to receive the Gregory Shaskan MD Memorial Award from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for medical services volunteers (October 2016).

I have been a strong supporter of this Anatomy Educators SIG since its inception. I would like to be more involved with this SIG now that my leadership position with the ACEWM has ended. I would like to get to know members better through serving on the nominating committee.