The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia selected the Department of Physical Therapy for the 2017 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs.
“This award recognizes our faculty’s contributions to our students and to our university through outstanding teaching,” says Andrew Butler, acting department chair. “Our faculty and students contribute to key components of our mission at Georgia State, which is to educate leaders in the field of Physical Therapy and to excel in community engagement.”
The Georgia State PT program was chosen unanimously for the department’s emphasis on service-learning and community engagement. Known for multiple community outreach efforts including the long-running Farm Worker Family Health Program in South Georgia and the Nicaragua Study Abroad, PT received Carl Patton Community Service awards for each program in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
In addition, the BOR committee was won over by the Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates high pass rate on state licensure exams. The DPT program holds a three year 98 percent average pass rate.
The department formally receives the award at the May Board of Regents’ meeting.