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Physical Therapy Faculty Development Workshop - July 2024

Physical Therapy Faculty Development Workshop - July 2024

Thursday, July 25, 2024 to Saturday, July 27, 2024

Northwestern University’s Chicago Campus

645 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2826
United States
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Event Details

Workshop Goals:

  1. Introduce novice faculty to established roles in the academy.
  2. Facilitate professional growth of developing faculty members.
  3. Cultivate a network of academic colleagues among workshop participants and facilitators.
  4. Discuss elements of a professional development plan including teaching, scholarship, and service.
  5. Design instructional activities and assessment methods that reflect contemporary best practices and a student-centered approach.
  6. Examine the integration of cultural humility within the physical therapy curricula.

Focused Learning Opportunities:

  1. Discussions on balancing responsibilities of teaching, research and service as the new faculty member acclimates to a role in higher education.
  2. Applying core principles of teaching and learning, using best practices in course development, student assessments, and student engagement.
  3. Empowering master adaptive learners.
  4. Fostering professionalism and coaching.
  5. Focusing on the unique role of the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) as a member of the faculty team.
  6. Individual or small group consulting opportunities with faculty facilitators during the workshop.
  7. Post course synchronous networking and follow-up for participants.


This workshop is designed for full time PTA or DPT faculty who have less than 5 years of experience within academia. Priority enrollment will be given to members of the APTA Academy of Physical Therapy Education. The in-the-seat workshop is limited to 75 participants. Participants will receive in advance required materials to bring to workshop once registration is completed. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation of registration. 

Institutional Commitment:

With your registration confirmation, a link will be provided to submit a signed statement of support from your program director for your participation in the full workshop.  This statement of support is required.

Ethical and Confidentiality Commitment:

Given that there may be discussion about sensitive issues and difficulties faced by some participants in their roles as faculty, participants and faculty facilitators will be asked to agree to a promise of confidentiality.


  • Main Workshop is 21 Contact Hours
  • Optional DCE Session is 4 Contact Hours

Faculty Facilitators and Invited Speakers:

  • Dawn S. Brown, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, Northwestern University
  • Christie Cohoon, PT, DPT, OCS, St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
  • Jeremy Houser, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Steven G. Lesh, PT, PhD, AT-Ret, SCS-Emeritus, Academy of Education Director of Professional Development
  • Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, Tufts University
  • Tricia Prokop, PT, EdD, CSCS, Bowling Green State University
  • Nikki Sleddens, PT, ABD, CEEAA, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Angela Wallace, PTA, McHenry County College


Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:00 – 11:00       The Academic Culture and Career Advancement
11:00 – 12:00      The Master Adaptive Learner and Clinical Reasoning
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch (consultation sessions)
1:00 – 3:00         Developing Program Policies
3:00 – 5:00        Course and Syllabus Design 

Friday, July 26, 2024
8:00 – 12:00       Learning Objective Construction and Rubric Development
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch (consultation sessions)
1:00 – 3:00         Student Assessment
3:00 – 4:00        Curriculum Assessment
4:00 – 5:00        Scholarship Roles

Saturday, July 27, 2024 
8:00 – 10:00      Student Engagement
10:00 – 11:00     Student Remediation
11:00 – 12:00     Scholarship Applications
12:00                  Session Ends for Most participants
12:00 – 5:00       (optional) Director of Clinical Education (Communication, Accommodations, Relationships, Roles and Responsibilities)

Registration Information:

Registration opens in January. The deadline for registration is June 7, 2024. Early registration is encouraged to ensure enrollment. The in-the-seat Physical Therapy Faculty Development Workshop is limited to 75 participants.

  • APTA Academy of Education Member: $600
  • APTA Member: $640
  • Non-Member: $795
  • Add on DCE/ACCE Workshop: $150 – Limited to 30

If you have questions, please email

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellation requests for the workshop received by June 7, 2024, will receive a full refund minus a $50 administration fee. There will be no refunds for no-shows or cancellations after June 7, 2024 (unless the conference has a waitlist). Cancellation requests must be submitted by email to APTA Academy of Education Registration Center,

Requests to change format between virtual/in-person must be submitted to and will be honored as space allows.


The workshop will be held on the campus of Northwestern University’s – Chicago campus - 645 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. 

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved within walking distance to the Northwestern campus. Additional details will be forwarded by May 1.