The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship

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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.

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship began in 2013 and honors her many contributions to the Division of Occupational Therapy and to the profession. The Lectureship was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and will resume in 2022. Information on the 2022 Lectureship will be posted as it becomes available. Please check back for updates.

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund

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.



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