IMPORTANT NOTICE for the Mid-Career Faculty Development Workshop 2020

It disappoints to say that the APTA Academy of Education has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mid-Career Faculty Workshop. We are facing many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and our registration has been far less than needed in order to provide a successful workshop - with registration numbers unlikely to increase in the near future.

We thank you for your patience with us during this time. Once we are able to determine a future date for the course, we will begin advertising on our webpage. We hope you will join us in 2021.


Objectives: Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Recognize the difference between New faculty and Mid-career faculty in terms of roles, expectations, and responsibilities
  2. Identify resources to assist with career progression
  3. Explain the current conceptualization of clinical reasoning in physical therapy.
  4. Identify factors beyond cognitive processes that influence clinical reasoning.
  5. Develop pedagogically sound strategies to teach and assess clinical reasoning. 
  6. Differentiate between various teaching technologies as they relate to learner characteristics and class objectives
  7. Determine how to select and implement user-friendly teaching technology in your classroom
  8. Create short and long-term plans to implement technology into teaching

The primary audience for the workshop is full-time faculty who have been teaching 5 years or more in a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. Priority enrollment will be given to members of the APTA Academy of Education, APTA. Maximum enrollment is 60 participants.

The workshop will be interactive with content that can be applied immediately. Please bring a laptop computer – you will have time during the workshop to develop a tool for one of your courses using instructional technology.

Keynote Speaker
Ellen Burton is a leadership coach and executive trainer. Her clients include professionals in well-established careers, including senior executives, middle managers, physicians, academics and small business owners, who have a strong desire to move to the next level in their professional and/or personal lives. Learn more about Ellen about

Instructional Technology

Jennifer Mai, PT, DPT, PhD, MHS, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC, LAT

Clinical Reasoning

Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS
Karen Huhn, PT, PhD
Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD
Frank J. Bates, PT, DPT, MBA Board Certfied Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Thursday, July 30

1:00 – 1:15

Welcome; Introductions


1:15 – 2:15

Keynote Address (Topic TBD)

Ellen Burton

2:15 – 2:30

Stretch Break


2:30 – 5:30 

What is clinical reasoning?

2:30-3:00 Small groups, what is clinical reasoning?

3:00-4:00 Review and discussion of current conceptualization of clinical reasoning in physical therapy.

4:00-4:15 Stretch Break

4:15-5:30 The developmental continuum of clinical reasoning.

Expectations of learners at each level.

Karen Huhn

Susan Wainwright

Sarah Gilliland

Frank Bates

5:30 - 

Networking Dinner Provided



Friday, July 31

7:30 – 8:00

Coffee available


8 - 10

Teaching Clinical Reasoning

8:00-9:00   Best practices for teaching clinical reasoning.

9:00-9:15   Break

9:15-10:00 Faculty skills and knowledge for teaching  

Sarah Gilliland

Karen Huhn 

Susan Wainwright 

10 – 10:15



10:15 – 12:30

Teaching with technology

Discussion and lab

Jen Mai

Alecia Thiele

Frank Bates

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch provided


1:30 – 4

Teaching with technology

Discussion and lab

3:00 – Snacks available while you continue working

Jen Mai

Alecia Thiele

Frank Bates

4 – 5

Present your work

All workshop faculty


Dinner on your own



Saturday, Aug. 1

7:00 -7:30

Breakfast provided


7:30 – 10

Assessing Clinical Reasoning

7:30-8:00   Small Groups: How do you assess clinical reasoning?

8:00-9:00   Review of the literature.

9:00-10:00 Impact on curriculum development and evaluation.

Sarah Gilliland

Karen Huhn

Susan Wainwright 

10 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:30

Identifying resources for continued growth

How you will use what you have learned

Large and small group discussion

All workshop faculty

11:30 – 12

Wrap-up and course evaluation




The deadline for the registration is June 30, 2020. Early registration is encouraged to ensure enrollment.

  • $300 for APTE members
  • $450 for APTA members who are not APTE members
  • $525 for non-APTA members

Click here to register


Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation of registration.

If you should have additional questions, email

Mid-Career Faculty Development Workshop 2020
Fostering Development of Clinical Reasoning
Using Educational Technology

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Date: July 30th - August 1st, 2020