Academic Innovation

Curricula, teaching and learning

Several ACAPT consortia are working on innovative models for curricula, teaching and learning. We encourage individual members of ACAPT member institutions to join the consortia below for FREE.

    CHEP provides classroom activities and lessons related to the humanities, ethics and professionalism.

    Following are curated resources from ACAPT's Consortium for Humanities Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP):

    CHEP joins the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) to sponsor the annual Physical Therapy Student Writing Competition. Every January, a winner receives a $250 award from CHEP, and the contest winner and two finalists publish their essays in JHR. 

    Congratulations to Bethany Shieh at Northwestern University, winner of CHEP's 2020 student essay contest.  Two finalists: Grace White at Georgia State University and Amanda Kaufman at Stony Brook University.

    Every December, CHEP also sponsors a $500 grant for PT faculty using humanities, ethics and professionalism in their teaching strategies. The 2020 grant went to Dr. Sarah Blanton of Emory University for her proposal entitled "Disability through Poetry: An Interprofessional Education Workshop” and Dr. Amanda LaLonde of the University of Minnesota for “Embodied Therapy, Restriction, Reflexion, Connection”


    Cindy Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS
    Consortium of Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP) Chair

    Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina

    ACAPT's Education and Pedagogy Consortium focuses on exploring and promoting best practices of pedagogy and education by providing an avenue for member institutions to collaborate and discuss teaching methodology/processes, educational assessment methods and outcomes, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) related to physical therapy education.

    Collaborative work continues with the “SIG-Sortia” - an Academy of Education's special interest group (SIG) and two ACAPT consortia working together on overlapping topics of interest - that includes:

    • ACAPT’s Clinical Reasoning Curricula & Assessment Consortium (CRCAC),
    • ACAPT’s Education & Pedagogy Consortium and
    • APTA’s Academy of Education Scholarship of Education (SoE) Special Interest Group (SIG)  

    The SIG-Sortia continues to explore topics relevant to each group and how they can all integrate their perspectives for the benefit of PT education.


    Shawn Drake, PT, PhD
    Education & Pedagogy Consortium Chair

    Chair, Physical Therapy & Professor of Physical Therapy at Arkansas State University

    Programs that incorporate an undergraduate course of study leading directly into the DPT degree have unique issues and needs in the areas of admissions, student outcomes, curriculum design and development, faculty workload, and data collection.

    The Early Assurance BS/DPT Program Consortium collaborates on these issues in an effort to further both institutionally-driven and ACAPT goals of academic excellence within physical therapy.

    Diane Heislein, EABSDPT Chair

    Diane Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS
    Early Assurance BS/DPT Program Consortium Chair

    Program Director, Physical Therapy & Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University