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ATSU-ASHS faculty honored for 2022-23 academic year work

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Dean Ann Lee Burch, PT, EdD, MPH, presented awards during a virtual ATSU-ASHS faculty assembly on May 8, 2023.

Faculty members were nominated and selected by their fellow colleagues for their contributions during the 2022-2023 academic year. The following list includes the award name, award recipient, and quotes from nominating colleagues.

2023 Service of the Year Award: Adam Story, PT, DPT, OTR/L, OTD, MTC

“Dr. Story initiated and coordinated the ATSU Spring Expo for two years with a third year underway. He has volunteered with occupational therapy (OT) students at a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) camp in Payson, Arizona, at Feed My Starving Children, and at the Arizona State Hospital for mental health related care. He also serves as the president-elect for faculty assembly.”  

2023 Junior Faculty of the Year Award: Ivonne Maldonado De la Rosa, PhD, CCC-SLP

“Dr. Maldonado de la Rosa completed a quantitative empirical research study that supports the use of a novel protocol using Cervical Auscultation for swallowing assessment. She developed and taught seven new courses in the inaugural year of the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program. She was invited for a state presentation on innovative teaching practices on diversity. She submitted and obtained a 2023 SPEAK OUT! program development grant for ATSU’s SLP program. She served as the faculty advisor for the Student Professional Organization (NSSLHA) Chapter and is supporting students as they prepare for this national recognition.”

2023 Educator of the Year Award: Tania Shearon, MOT, CHT, C-IAYT

“Since 2016 as an OT faculty member, Professor Shearon has utilized her 26 years of clinical experience as an OT and certified hand therapist to create hands-on labs in areas of adult physical rehabilitation and hand therapy. She was a founding faculty board member in the OT/PT clinic and incorporates the learning experiences in the clinic with evidence-based teaching in the classroom and lab sessions. She also has served as director of curriculum for the program since 2021.”


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