The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship

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The Eighth Annual Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon

Friday, May 20, 2022 | Charleston, SC

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship began in 2013 and honors her many contributions to the Division of Occupational Therapy and to the profession.

We are excited to announce that the Lectureship will resume this year on Friday, May 20 in Charleston, SC with Dr. Virginia Stoffel as our distinguished scholar. The events for the day will include a luncheon and CEU sessions.

Registration is open.

2022 Distinguished Scholar

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Virginia Stoffel, Ph.D., OT, BCMH, FAOTA

Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel served as AOTA President from 2013–2016 and is known for her work in mental health. She served on the AOTA Specialties Board, establishing Board Certification in Mental Health, and has co-authored the seminal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Stoffel’s research focuses on transitioning from military to civilian life as a university student, parenting a child with autism, the lived experience of disability and recovery for people with mental illness and substance use disorders, and engagement in psychosocial clubhouses. Stoffel is also known for her involvement in leadership development training, including facilitating training programs for AOTA’s Emerging Leadership Development Program. In honor of the profession’s Centennial in 2017, Stoffel was name one of 100 people who influenced occupational therapy’s 100-year history.



Janice P. Burke, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Situating the Power and Relevance of Occupation in Today’s World


Wendy J. Coster, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Outcomes that Matter


Margo B. Holm, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, ABDA

How do you know that what you do as an OT really works?


Anita C Bundy, ScD, OT, FAOTA

The Risk is There is No Risk


Charles Christiansen, Ed.D., OTR, OT(C), FAOTA

The Meaning of Quality: A Conversation About Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value


Glen Gillen, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA

A Fork in the Road: An Occupational Hazard?


Michael Iwama, Ph.D., MSc, BScOT

East & West: Cross-Cultural Implications on the Construction of Theory and Knowledge in Occupational Therapy



9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. // Coffee & Registration - 2nd floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. // Lecture (1.5 CEUs - approved for OTs only) - 2nd floor

The Eighth Annual Maralynne D. Mitcham Lecture

Welcome: Nancy Carson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, MUSC College of Health Professions

Introduction: Craig A. Velozo, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Director
MUSC Division of Occupational Therapy

Lecture: Leading with grace, compassion, humility and love
Presenter: Virgina Stoffel, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA
Given that more than two years have passed with all experiencing the effects of a global pandemic, what are the leadership qualities that meet people where they are, provide them with support and recognize their strengths, keep their morale and well-being intact, recognize their vulnerabilities, and facilitate the inclusion and growth of individuals and organizations? Consideration of key servant leadership characteristics, application of social-emotional intelligence principles, and recognition of the need to address justice in overcoming inequities associated with historically marginalized populations will be discussed. Participants will be invited to consider their own leadership styles and engage in reflective and reflexive practices as occupational therapy leaders.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Program Updates & Recognitions - 2nd floor

Highlights of the OT Program will be shared and alumni and friends who graciously support our educational, clinical, research, and service missions will be recognized.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. // MUSC OT Alumni and Friends Luncheon - 2nd floor 

Afternoon CEU Sessions (up to 3.0 CEUs)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. // Capstone Experiences: Innovations in Occupational Therapy - 3rd floor

Poster presentations of capstone projects by Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate graduates.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Concurrent Capstone Project Presentations – 2nd and 3rd floors (see below) 

2nd floor
The Puzzle Project
Presenter: Emily Anderson, MHE, OTR/L

3rd floor
Finessing Fine Motor Skills: Implementing a Parent Education Module and the Use of a Fine Motor Box to address Fine Motor Skills and Delays in Elementary School Age Children
Presenter: Rebecca Campbell, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. // Concurrent Capstone Project Presentations – 2nd and 3rd floors (see below)  

2nd floor
Implementing an Evidenced-Based Motor Lab into a Primary School Setting
Presenter: Stacey Sanders, MS, OTR/L

3rd floor
Utilizing Quality Measures to Optimize the Value of Occupational Therapy Services
Presenter: Julie Malloy, MOT, OTR/L, PMP, CPHQ, FNAP

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund

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Maralynne D. Mitcham,
1949 - 2014

Throughout her career, Dr. Maralynne Mitcham was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to advance the profession of occupational therapy through her contributions to education. In 1984, she was recruited to the Medical University of South Carolina as the third Department Chair in Occupational Therapy. During her academic career, she served in a variety of senior roles in which she designed and led national efforts that integrated research into academic curricula, promoted collaboration with other professions, and enhanced faculty development across the profession.

In 2005, The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund was established to create, in perpetuity, an annual lectureship program for the Division of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. The fund’s purpose is to honor the collegial spirit, leadership skills, and mentorship of the late Dr. Mitcham and promote a day of sharing and fellowship for the profession of occupational therapy. More specifically, the lectureship will be awarded each year to a scholar in the field who has a broad perspective on occupation, an international reputation, and one who has made significant contributions to education, practice, and/or research in the field of occupational therapy. Such a scholar will enhance the education of health professionals within the college and community, and provide an opportunity for presentation and dialogue around key intellectual issues of the time, thereby fostering the vision and mission of the University.

Consider helping to keep Dr. Mitcham’s legacy alive through a donation to her Lectureship Fund. *Note: On the giving page choose "Other" from the dropdown menu and type in"Mitcham Lectureship Fund."

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon is hosted by The Division of Occupational Therapy and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.