School of Health Professions and Education
What We Do
Encompassing a variety of programs, including, but not limited to nursing, psychology-child life, therapeutic recreation, education, physical education, exercise and wellness studies, health studies, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, the School of Health Professions and Education fosters the transformation of students into competent and caring professionals.
The School of Health Professions and Education is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in the health professions as well as teacher preparation programs.
About The School
The School of Health Professions and Education, housing both The Center for Ergonomic Analysis and Research (CEAR) and the Institute of Gerontology (founded in 1980), takes great pride in its award-winning faculty, including three recipients of the prestigious Virgil Crisafulli Distinguished Teaching Award — the highest teaching honor at the University — come from this school. One faculty member taught the post-graduate child life curriculum at Kuwait University, another provided physical therapy to children in Albany with three students. One was selected as "Young Forensic Scientist" by the American Academy of Forensic Science, one was selected to receive the national award for service to the Acute Care section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and another was recognized as Outstanding Pediatric Physical Therapist by the national organization of the physical therapy profession.
Educational opportunity and accessibility
A priority for the programs in this school is to make education accessible to all students. Our recent grant activity reflects this focus. Programs in this school have received almost two million dollars in recent years to:
- assist underrepresented students in the nursing program,
- make Utica University courses more inclusive and more accessible to students with disabilities, and
- assist allied health faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to infuse gerontological information into their curriculum.
- Provide geriatric education to practitioners.
Interdisciplinary and community learning opportunities
The faculty in this school provide many interdisciplinary and community opportunities for our students such as the Student Interdisciplinary Team Experience. Students from various health related programs present a team meeting to discuss the assessment and intervention plans for a client. Initially grant funded, the school provides an interdisciplinary experience for students to work with community groups to provide mental health services to elders.
Examples of community opportunities include:
- Our education students coordinate a breakfast reading club at an elementary school and are beginning an after school literacy program for the parents.
- Therapeutic Recreation students assist at Senior Olympics and have ongoing programs with a local facility for adolescents.
- Physical Therapy students work with elders at a local senior citizen center on balance and fall prevention.
- Our students in health-related programs assist immigrant elders to use the health care system and to prepare for naturalization.
- Our occupational therapy faculty conduct handwriting workshops for children and adults.
Faculty in the School of Health Professions and Education involve both graduate and undergraduate students in research. Students have presented their research at our student research day, at state, regional, and national professional meetings, and have published their work in professional journals and as a book chapter.
Operational Plan for the School of Health Professions & Education
"We foster the transformation of students on their path toward professional excellence."
HPE programs will recruit, admit, retain and graduate students for rewarding careers
Facilitator: Nancy Hollins with Doreen Rogers, Denise McVay, Kathleen Cullen; Utica Strategic Goals (1, 2, 5)
- HPE programs will recruit, and retain qualified and diverse students
- HPE programs will provide innovative health and education curricula that lead to gainful employment or continuing education in candidates’ chosen fields.
Some related measures:
- The School of HPE will develop a written plan to support the specific needs of diverse students and improve their retention and graduation rates
- Departments will continue to integrate curricula related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Tracking of content offering is expected from academic departments on annual basis
The School of HPE will recruit and retain faculty, who are experts in their fields
Facilitator: Ashraf Elazzazi with Annette Becker, Amy Haver, Kirstin Walker; Utica Strategic Goals (4, 5)
- The School of HPE will utilize effective strategies to recruit, and retain qualified and diverse faculty and enhance their expertise.
- School of HPE will support junior faculty towards reappointment, tenure, and/or promotion.
Some related measures:
- The school will support at least one combined professional development opportunity annually.
- The school will establish and implement at least one innovative idea (such as scholar minute, colloquia, writers group, or journal club) per year to enhance the faculty scholarship development and productivity.
School of HPE will be a pioneer school for fostering innovative new programs and new teaching/delivery models within programs
Facilitator: Ahmed Radwan with Tim Abraham, Jim Monahan, Wendy Moore; Utica Strategic Goals (1, 2, 3)
- The School will support innovation in program development and program offering based on Market needs.
- Programs will collaborate to utilize maximum efficiency in delivery of courses.
Some related measures:
- The School will establish an innovation committee to foster innovation within school. This may include possible expansion/merge/new opportunities available per program. ∙ Programs will utilize innovative teaching methods (including synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery).
- Interdisciplinary education (IDE)* should start in the 21-22 academic year for undergraduate/graduate programs.
- Simulation lab will be utilized to offer Interprofessional education (IPE)** and IDE contents during the academic year of 21-22.
*IDE: An educational approach in which two or more disciplines collaborate in the learning process **IPE: When students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
The School of HPE will be recognized as a “high performing team” that is smart, diverse, values diversity, has high-quality interactions and communications, and is willing to innovate.
Facilitator: Patrice Hallock and Ahmed Radwan; Utica Strategic Goal 4
- School of HPE and departments will allow Faculty to work smarter (not harder) in terms of service to departments and school.
- School of HPE will streamline and enhance vertical and horizontal communication
Some related measures:
- Minimize department related meeting time and frequency to the bare minimum ∙ Limit department related committee involvement of each faculty member to one, whenever possible.
- Utilize virtual tools for all meetings to include all faculty (distance and adjunct). ∙ Conduct a school-wide communication assessment survey during 20-21 academic year
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