Wow! The 2015-16 Academic Year just concluded and what a great year it was for CHHS. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was so pleased to share the floor with President Ransdell and shaking hands and handing out diplomas to approximately 775 2016 Spring Semester graduates (doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree recipients). In all, we had a total of 880 students who graduated this semester or will graduate this summer. I was also so pleased to see so many of the faculty from CHHS who participated in either the graduate student or undergraduate student ceremonies.
As this Academic Year has winded down, I wanted to highlight a few key achievements that have not already been announced on my blog. Our strategic planning is in full swing and ongoing. We have a draft of the plan and I will continue to work with many faculty and staff in CHHS over the summer to tailor it to the needs of our college. Moreover, I partnered with so many hard working faculty and staff where we developed first ever CHHS guidelines for travel. This important activity was performed to ensure enhanced access for more CHHS faculty and staff to obtain necessary travel to not only disseminate their research findings but also the necessary continuing education skills.
We are also in the midst of re-examining our Tenure and Promotion Guidelines. Associate Deans Danita Kelly and Vijay Golla are co-chairing a committee with four additional Full Professors in CHHS. With reference to teaching effectiveness, research impact and comprehensive service (to the respective department, college, university, profession and community), this committee will develop and inform me on salient criteria of what constitutes excellence in research, teaching, and service. These standards will be employed as new benchmarks for Assistant Professors on their journey to promotion to Associate Professors, as well as Associate Professors proceeding on to promotion to Full Professors.
Our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) recently received some spectacular news. On May 4, 2016, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) considered the materials submitted by our DPT program. CAPTE granted accreditation for a period of five years. This is a momentous time for the program with not only obtaining this prestigious accreditation, but also the fact that we graduated our first class of 30 DPT students. Further, the DPT program will transition from a program to its own separate academic department effective July 1st with Dr. Harvey Wallmann as our Department Head. I am so proud of the DPT faculty and staff for their hard work!
This summer, we will launch our inaugural CHHS Annual Magazine: CHHS IMPACT: Engage. Serve. Collaborate. Learn. CHHS is making an impact in Southcentral Kentucky and it is imperative that we inform friends of CHHS and our university community. Our magazine will be mailed out and electronically distributed in July, and will showcase some of our key achievements and success stories conducted by our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Until next time – I hope each of you will have a safe and enjoyable start to the summer!