The laughter and smiles show kids at camp enjoying themselves. But this camp, now in its 18th year, serves important therapeutic and educational purposes.
On Tuesday, December 17, the College of Health Professions (CHP) held its annual faculty and staff award ceremony. During the ceremony, individuals were recognized for their hard work and achievements over the last year.
Each year, four faculty members are selected to receive one of the following awards, Developing Scholar of the Year, Excellence in Service, Scholar of the Year, and Teacher of the Year. Nominations are made by CHP faculty members and the college’s Faculty Awards Committee determines the year’s winners.
The Developing Scholar of the Year Award is given to a junior faculty member in the college who has demonstrated a promising research career as made evident by their research contributions. The 2019 award was given to Addie Middleton, Ph.D., DPT, assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy.
The Excellence in Service Award is given to recognize and honor a faculty member who, during a substantial portion of their career, have provided exceptional and sustained service and contributions in teaching, research, health care, public service, and clinical service to the college, university, and the citizens of South Carolina and the nation. The 2019 award was given to Abby Swanson Kalzey, Ph.D., professor and director for the Division of Health Informatics.
The Scholar of the Year Award is given to recognize a senior CHP faculty member who have an established research agenda, as demonstrated by their research contributions. This years’ award was given to Annie Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor and co-director for the Division of Health & Rehabilitation Services.
The Teacher of the Year Award is given to recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. Unique to this award, nominations are submitted from both faculty and students. This year, the committee received nine total nominations. The nominees were:
Clint Blankenship, Pharm.D., PA-C, RPh, DFAAPA
David Morrisette, PT, Ph.D., OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT
Gretchen Seif, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, FAAOMPT
Jack Thomas, PT, EdD
Jami Jones, MHA, Ph.D.
Kit Simpson, DrPH
Patty Coker-Bolt, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Sarah Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Stephanie McGowan, PT, DSc, OCS
Given the accomplishments of all the nominees, the committee selected two winners for this year’s award. The 2019 Teacher of the Year award recipients were Sarah Kraft and Kit Simpson (pictured above).
Also during the ceremony, several faculty members were inducted into the Alpha Eta scholastic honor society, CHP employees were recognized for their years of service to the MUSC enterprise, faculty promotions were celebrated, and the college’s Team of the Year and Staff of the Year awards were given.
Jillian Harvey, MPH, Ph.D.
David Sword, PT, DPT, CCS, CEP, CSCS
Holly Wise, PT, Ph.D., FNAP
Jesse Dean, Ph.D.
Staff of the Year
Team of the Year
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