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ASU Prof Elected President of Regional PT Educator Group

March 31, 2010

Harriet Lewis, PT, an assistant clinical professor in the Angelo State University Department of Physical Therapy, was elected president of the Central ACCE Consortium for Physical Therapy Educators at the group’s spring meeting March 26 in Tulsa, Okla.

Elected to a two-year term, Lewis assumed the duties of president at the close of the meeting. As president, she will preside over meetings of the consortium and its Executive Committee, coordinate communication between the consortium and the Executive Committee and serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.

“During my term we will be working on developing some short, approximately one-hour, continuing education modules for clinical instructors who mentor students in their facilities,” Lewis said. “These modules will be available for all consortium members to offer to clinical sites during site visits. We will also be planning the first of what we hope to be many longer, six-hour continuing education programs.”

A 10-year ASU faculty member, Lewis is a licensed physical therapist with 27 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, nursing home, long-term acute care and home health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Baylor University and a certificate in physical therapy from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She received her Master of Science degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University.

In addition to her teaching duties, Lewis is also academic coordinator of clinical education for the ASU Physical Therapy Department. In her coordinator’s capacity, she has secured 116 clinical contracts with health care facilities throughout the U.S., where ASU physical therapy students now have the option of doing their clinical rotations. In March of 2009, she was appointed to a three-year term on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Clinical Instruction Education Board.

The consortium is an independent, not-for-profit organization created for the purpose of promoting quality physical therapy education and supporting the efforts of consortium members to improve the quality of clinical education. It is composed of member institutions in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.