Michael A Pagliarulo PT, EdD
Presenter and Co-coordinator
Dr. Pagliarulo retired in 2012 after 32 years on the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in upstate New York where he achieved the rank of professor and served as Department Chair for half of those years. He was awarded the title Professor Emeritus this year for his sustained record of significant contributions in teaching, scholarship, and professional activity. Prior to his Ithaca College experience, he was on the faculty in the Curriculum in Physical Therapy, UC San Francisco. Dr. Pagliarulo obtained his BS in PT from SUNY Buffalo, MS in PT from University of California, and EdD in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. His dissertation and subsequent scholarship focused on needs assessment and faculty development of new faculty in PT and PTA education programs. He has served as Chair of the Faculty Development Committee at Ithaca College and was instrumental in initiating a Group Mentoring Program for new faculty at the institution. He is one of six mentors in the APTA Education Leadership Institute for new/aspiring PT/PTA program directors. He has held several elected and appointed positions in the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) including Treasurer, Speaker of the Delegate Assembly, and Leadership Development Chair. Dr. Pagliarulo is the recipient of the Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J Carlin Award for Teaching Excellence and the Lucy Blair Service Award awarded by the APTA, and Dr. Marilyn Moffat Distinguished Service Award awarded by NYPTA. He is also the author/editor of the text, Introduction to Physical Therapy.
Pamela D Ritzline PT, EdD
Presenter and Co-coordinator
Dr. Ritzline is the Director of Postprofessional Programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She teaches in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the postprofessional programs. Additionally, she provides guest lectures in the restorative dentistry course in the College of Dentistry and the ergonomics course in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Throughout her academic tenure, she has served in multiple academic roles including program director of a physical therapist assistant program, program director of postprofessional programs, interim Dean, interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, full-time tenured faculty member in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as her current roles. She completed the Academic Leadership Institute, a yearlong educational opportunity for current and aspiring academic leaders, at Penn State University. Dr. Ritzline also serves as a team leader for onsite visits for CAPTE and conducts site visits for programs seeking candidacy from CAPTE. She is a member of the Educational Awards Committee for APTA.
Janet Bezner PT, PhD
Dr. Bezner, PT, PhD, is the Vice President of Education and Governance & Administration at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Janet manages the Association strategic planning effort, and supervises the Departments of Accreditation, Academic Affairs, Post-professional Certification and Credentialing, National Governance and Leadership, Component Governance and Leadership and Information Technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and a PhD in health education from the University of Texas. Prior to joining APTA in May 2005 she was Senior Vice-President for PeakCare, Inc., a healthcare technology firm, where she managed the development of a wellness and prevention software and video library aimed at employers to assist in decreasing health care costs associated with illness and injury at work. Janet spent 7 years teaching physical therapy at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas and has practiced in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, home health, long term care and corporate wellness. Janet served on the Board of Directors of the APTA prior to joining staff and is a recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award. Dr. Bezner is a graduate of the 2009 Leadership Alexandria program and has completed a National Training Summit on Physical Activity. Janet currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Partnership for a Healthy Alexandria, a community coalition whose chief goal is to make the city of Alexandria one of the healthiest cities in America. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator on topics related to leadership, personal development, strategic planning, and health promotion and wellness.
Maryanne Driscoll PhD
Instructional Design, Teaching and Learning
Dr. Driscoll, PhD, has been an Associate Professor in the DPT Program at Touro College School of Health Sciences since 1997. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Columbia University. She has extensive experience as an educator, having taught previously as an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia and Stony Brook University and as an assistant professor at Hofstra University in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation. In addition to university teaching, Dr Driscoll has consulted with a variety of school systems, parent and community organizations on topics related to effective instruction, developmental milestones, applied brain research and stress management for more than 20 years. Dr Driscoll, in collaboration with Dr Margaret Plack and others, has presented numerous workshops at national conferences on topics such as fostering reflection and critical thinking, designing and implementing effective instruction and using virtual action learning as a teaching tool for physical therapy and medical students. Dr. Driscoll and Dr Plack have published on these topics in the Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Ambulatory Pediatrics and Academic Pediatrics. They are the co-authors of Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy: from Classroom to Clinic, published by Slack, Inc. in January, 2011.
Margaret Plack PT, EdD
Instructional Design, Teaching and Learning
Dr. Plack is a Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She received her baccalaureate degree in physical therapy and her masters of arts degree in physical therapy with a specialization in developmental disabilities from New York University, NY. Once joining the academic community she went on to obtain her EdD in Adult Education from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. Dr. Plack recently co-authored a text entitled Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy Practice: From Classroom to Clinic and has taught courses on “Teaching in Physical Therapy Practice” in a number of Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs. She has presented on effective strategies for teaching in the classroom and clinic at a variety of venues including CSM, APTA Annual Conference, AAMC, and the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meetings. She has been involved in ongoing research related to adult learning principles, educational outcomes, and reflective practice and has published several manuscripts in these areas. Dr. Plack twice received the Stanford Award from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education for her writing and at CSM 2011 will receive the Award for Leadership in Education from the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Christy Cate BA, MSE, MEd
Christy is Instructional Technology Consultant at Region 14 Education Service Center in Abilene, Texas, serving 42 public school districts. Her current responsibilities involve training and development, lms management, software delineation, hardware analysis, and evaluation of tools that enhance the classroom experience. She has previously served as an educator in both the public and private realm. Her passion for classroom innovation has provided a broad array of content experience, from business to history to foreign language to physical education to administration. Christy is also privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for TCEA, representing Member Services and Digital Media. She has also recently joined the training team of Connected Consulting, furthering their goal “to improve the teaching and learning environment so students develop the skills needed for success…[this team] approach is based on social connection and dialogue participation and creation, immediacy and context, real world engagement…” She believes in life-long learning, constant change, and drawing on the expertise of her ever-growing professional learning network.
Martha Rammel Hinman PT, EdD
Accreditation and Scholarship
Dr. Martha (Marty) Hinman, is a physical therapist with 36 years of experience including 32 years in higher education and 27 years as a candidacy reviewer and on-site visitor on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Her clinical practice and research primarily focuses on the reliability and validity of various posture and balance measures as well as therapeutic strategies for preventing falls and fractures in older adults. Dr. Hinman is currently a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where she also serves as director of the transitional DPT program and mentors other program faculty. She previously taught at the University of Evansville (IN), University of New England (ME), and the University of Texas Medical Branch where she held the first endowed faculty position. Dr. Hinman also teaches courses in the post-professional doctoral programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Krannert School of Physical Therapy in Indianapolis, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She has published over 30 articles and abstracts and presented at numerous professional and continuing education conferences. She is currently a member of the education, research, and geriatrics sections of the APTA and serves on Central Panel of CAPTE.
Peggy DeCelle Newman PT, MHR
Peggy has practiced as a physical therapist for thirty years in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient orthopaedics, institutional long-term care and home health. Additionally, she has managed allied health professionals in all of these settings.
Peggy’s teaching experience began as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) at the University of Oklahoma from 1988 through 1993. She then served as the PTA Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) for eleven years from 1995 - 2006. After leaving OCCC, she practiced clinically for a year returning to the University of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty in 2007 as the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor. Peggy returned to OCCC and PTA education in January 2013.
During her first tenure at OCCC, she was elected PTA Educators SIG Chair (2005-2007); served as a Member Consultant for “Curriculum & Content” for the PTA Normative Model & the “Coalition for Consensus on PTA Education” in the APTA Education Division (1997 – 2000); and as On Site Team Leader for Commission on Accreditation for PTA Education (1997 – 2006). Peggy has served the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association in many roles including Chapter President and Chief Delegate. She was appointed to the Oversight Panel for the Analysis of Practice for the PT and PTA licensure Examination by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy 2005 - 2007. She was appointed by the Federation as a Core Member Continued Competency Certification Reviewer. She has also served as a “Final Reviewer” for the Continued Competency Certification. In recognition for these and other activities, she received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the APTA in 2010.
Peggy is the co-author of The PTA Handbook: Keys to Success in School and Career" (Slack), 2005 with the second edition currently in press. She is a contributing author to “Geriatrics for the PTA” by Jennifer Bottomly, PhD (Slack 2010) and Physical Therapist Assistant’s Examination Chapter 8 “Standards of Care” (Learning Express, LLC 2010). She authored an article in
Perspectives Magazine, Build Strong Teams. (APTA 2011).
Chandra Alston PHR, MBA
Chandra is the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the College teaching human relations, management and other soft skill topics. She has been employed with the University for twelve years and has worked in various positions dealing with faculty, staff and student development. Chandra earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UT Martin, an M.B.A. from Union University and is presently working toward an Ed.D. at the University of Memphis. Additional certifications obtained include: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). She has conducted workshops on Myers Briggs, Communication Skills, Teambuilding, Are You In or Out With Your Supervisor, Managing Up, Dealing with Difficult People, Managing for Motivation and many more. Serving as Development Committee Chairperson at UT Martin, a board member of the Shelby County Chapter of the UT National Alumni Association and a Youth Villages Volunteer she is passionate about personal and professional development.