Dr. Dolly Swisher earns top educator award from American Physical Therapy Association

USF’s Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher PT, PhD, associate professor and coordinator of Professional Education for the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Physical Therapy Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and is given to those who have distinguished himself or herself through excellence in academic or clinical education in physical therapy at the national, regional, or local level.

She was nominated by William Quillen, DPT, PhD, professor and director of the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and associate dean for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Quillen wrote:

“Dr. Swisher is a superb educator…in the classroom or on the dais. She has set the pace for others to emulate and generously mentors not only USF faculty but others in her sphere of influence. She has remained the intellectual hub around which our innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum has continued to evolve and thrive. She has generously shared this educational journey through her writings and presentations. Dr. Swisher’s signature scholarly and creative activity involves her expertise in bioethics and moral reasoning applied to the practice of physical therapy and rehabilitation disciplines.”

Dr. Swisher also received letters of support from three senior physical therapy academicians representing Creighton University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami.

Dr. Swisher will receive this award in late January at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego.