2014 SAHP Excellence in Teaching Award: Kathleen Volkman
Each year, the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) honors a distinguished educator by awarding the SAHP Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment in the SAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty and students and between students.
Kathleen Volkman, PT, MS, NCS, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education, was the recipient of the 2014 SAHP Excellence in Teaching Award.
Kathy joined the Physical Therapy faculty in 2007. She is a board certified clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy. She is the course coordinator for three courses in the Physical Therapy program and provides lectures and laboratory instruction for other courses.
She serves as Chair of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee and the Physical Therapy’s Rural Health Opportunities Program Admissions Committee. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Kathy does research in her area of expertise. She was previously recognized with the 2012 SAHP Excellence in Research Award.
Her nominators noted the following:
- “Kathy tailors her teaching methods to create a learning experience to best achieve the learning and performance objectives of her courses.”
- “What I feel is most notable about professor Volkman is her creativity and progressiveness in creating realistic, hands-on learning experiences….she has developed several simulation experiences using case studies, standardized patients and high-fidelity mannequins to help students immerse themselves in realistic situations that traditional lecture and lab with peers simply cannot mimic.”
- “She has consistently participated in all-campus inter-professional education events since their inception.”
- “I witnessed her ability to empathize with students struggling to survive in a rigorous academic environment and to provide realistic suggestions to help those students make use of all available resources for their success.”
Her students wrote:
- “She prepares her students for the real world through high expectations in terms of academic performance and professional behavior, while remaining approachable and responsive to student needs and concerns.”
- “Professor Volkman has been a valuable resource for questions and discussion related to career development, clinical rotations and life experiences in general. She is always welcoming, cheerful and positive.”
In summary, one of Kathy’s nominators wrote, “Professor Volkman has distinguished herself as an educator and vital team player and one who strives for excellence in teaching.”
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