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The 2023 call for volunteers for this committee is now closed. The next call for volunteers for national groups will open in July 2024 for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2025.

Learn more about the APTA Honors & Awards program.


The Awards Committee subcommittees will apply the criteria established by the Board of Directors for each association honor and award to each nomination received for each award under its purview and make recommendations to the Board regarding award recipients.

The Board's determined charge for each Awards Committee Subcommittee is:

  • Review award nominations* received for each award that falls under the subcommittee's purview against the applicable criteria established by the Board.
  • Recommend potential recipients to the Board for final approval.**
  • When requested by the Board, review and make recommendations on proposals for new awards applicable to the subcommittee's award category and provide feedback on the utility of the criteria and measurement tools for existing awards within the subcommittee's purview.
  • Submit a report to the Board on an annual basis

*A nomination is the packet of materials submitted to APTA in response to the association's annual call for nominations for its honors and awards program. Each subcommittee works independently to review the received nominations that fall within its purview.

**A recommendation is what each Awards Committee Subcommittee brings to the Board after it has completed its review of all nominations for each honor or award under its purview. It is the Board's responsibility to either accept or reject recommendations.

Committee Specific Charge

The Publications Awards Subcommittee will review nominations received for the following awards:

  • Chattanooga Research Award: The Chattanooga Research Award recognizes an author or team whose published work in the association's Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) presents innovative study or a theoretical model and discussion of its impact on future clinical practice or physical therapy research.  
  • Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award: The Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award recognizes an author(s) in the association's Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ), whose research and discussion has made a measurable contribution to the knowledge base of physical therapy.
  • Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature: The Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature honors a physical therapist who has been actively engaged in writing and publishing professional literature pertaining to the physical therapy profession for at least 10 years. A qualifying nominee must have been published in at least 2 separate health care professional journals or has contributed to a minimum of 2 books, monographs, and/or proceedings from scientific meetings.
  • Jack Walker Award: The Jack Walker Award honors an author or team whose published study in the association's Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) presents novel and innovative research related to patient care and advance clinical science, as it pertains to the physical therapy profession.
  • Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing: The Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing recognizes published authors in the association's Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) whose writing excellence is demonstrated in a unique contribution or a series of profound articles that have broadened perspectives within a content area. Qualifying authors do not need to be physical therapists, and must demonstrate committed leadership in encouraging collaboration and contributions to improve PTJ.

All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with APTA's Commitment to Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in mind and in the context of (1) APTA's Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan and House of Delegates and Board of Directors adopted positions and policies; and (2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.

Size of Appointed Group

This subcommittee has five members and the PTJ editor as consultant. The PTJ editor-in-chief is not a voting member of the subcommittee.

This Board-appointed group does not have a Board chair in order to avoid any conflict of interest or impropriety because the Board is the body that approves the association’s honors and awards recipients. In addition, the group comprises 8 subcommittees, due to the independent nature of this group's work, it will not have a single chair overseeing the group. Rather, staff assists each subcommittee to identify a member volunteer to serve as the lead for the respective subcommittee and each lead works with the staff liaisons as needed to manage the work of their particular subcommittee.

The role of the Board Liaison is to serve as a conduit between the Board and the Awards Committee and assist in special projects such as the review and revision of awards policies. The Board liaison does not participate in subcommittee conversations related to nominees, and does not review the nominations received for each award.

The APTA president serves as ex-officio, as outlined in the APTA bylaws. In the role as ex-officio to the Awards Committee the APTA president may take part in certain committee functions but does not review, propose, or participate in subcommittee conversations related to nominees for awards.

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Term of Appointees

Individuals appointed to this committee shall serve a two year term. No individual shall serve more than two consecutive terms.


This subcommittee meets approximately one time per year via conference call for two hours in the winter.

Additional Information

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