Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees must be physical therapists who have been actively engaged in teaching physical therapist students (entry or advanced level) or physical therapist assistant students in formal education for at least five years.
  • Nominees must be either clinical or academic educators. Nominees must have a faculty appointment of any rank (part-time or full-time) or receive compensation for their teaching responsibilities.
  • Teaching must occur in an academic setting within one or more accredited physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education programs, or advanced level programs for physical therapists, from which students earn an academic qualification.
  • Teaching solely as a component of continuing education does not constitute eligibility for this award.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated the following: exceptional teaching effectiveness in the academic setting; a distinct expertise in at least one subject area to which the academic teaching has been directed; and excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians.

What Recipients Receive

A plaque will be presented to the recipient by APTA's Board of Directors at NEXT (formerly APTA Annual Conference) and an official announcement will appear in an association publication.

Submission Requirements

During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee

  • A letter of nomination (from the nominator) that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages

  • 2 letters of support not to exceed 2 pages each, one from each of the following: a physical therapist colleague from the nominee's institution, and a current or former student who is representative of an academic level of teaching in which the nominee has been engaged (The academic experience of the student should include attendance through at least one entire course taught by the nominee.)

  • A descriptive outline for each course not to exceed 1 page per course for which the nominee has primary responsibility in the academic program, including but not limited to, the academic level of the students, course content, time sequence, teaching methods, and methods used to evaluate student achievement

Submit a Nomination

The call for nominations will begin September 2014. Please check back for updates.

Award Recipients

View past award recipients for this award (.pdf).