UConn DPT Clinical Educator of the Year Award

The UConn Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requests nominations for the UConn DPT Clinical Instructor of the Year Award. This award is designed to recognize superior contributions from a clinical instructor mentoring UConn DPT students.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Must be a Clinical Educator at a clinical affiliate of the UConn DPT Program.
  2. Must show consistent evidence of outstanding clinical care and education of UConn DPT students.

Nomination/Application Process

Nominations will be accepted from UConn DPT students, peers, supervisors, Site Coordinators of Clinical Education, and UConn alumni.  Email the complete nomination packet (including letters of support) to Jon Rizzo (jon.rizzo@uconn.edu) to nominate an individual.  Required documents are listed below.

Required Documents for the Nomination Packet

  1. A brief cover letter from the primary nominator that clearly states the impact area from selection criteria listed below.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae/resume.
  3. Optional:
  • Letters of additional support from students who have completed a clinical experience with the nominee. (no more than two)
  • Additional supporting documentation that will assist the selection committee in evaluating the nominee’s suitability for an award (i.e. Student Clinical Instructor evaluation)

Nomination packets are due by March 15 at 5:00pm.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Clinical expertise in his or her clinical education setting.
  2. Consistent commitment to students in the delivery of health care clinical education.
  3. Creativity or innovation in health care clinical education.

Selection Process

The Awards Committee will review all nominee materials. Recipients will be notified by April 1st and recognized at the UConn DPT Graduation Pinning Ceremony in May 2024.

Please submit all questions about the nomination process to Maryclaire Capetta at maryclaire.capetta@uconn.edu.


Past Award Recipients

2023- James Heeren, PT, DPT (Physical Therapy Specialists- Guilford, CT)

2022- Larry Yack, PT, DPT (Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy- Falls Church, VA)

2021- Mark Skinner, PT, DPT, MTC, CEAS1 (Concentra- Norwich, CT)