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National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE)

The National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) engages academic and clinical educators through partnerships to advance excellence and innovation in physical therapist education. 


Our consortium represents Clinical Education Faculty (academic and clinical) affiliated with entry-level Programs that are institutional members who serve in clinical education roles such as: Directors of Clinical Education (DCE), Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education (ACCEs), Clinical Faculty (Site Coordinators of Clinical Education (SCCE) and Clinical Instructors (CI)), Clinical Education Coordinators (CEC), and Clinical Administrators/Managers (CAM). Our members are employed by ACAPT member institutions or are a clinical education affiliate with a member institution.

Each ACAPT member institution will support the participation of one clinical education team consisting of at least one academic and one clinical faculty member, both of whom should be APTA members and may hold at least one of the positions described above. The clinical faculty member should be directly involved with the institution's clinical education program. The academic faculty member is responsible for registering its "NCCE Institutional Pair/Team" and for maintaining the currency of this information.

Our Mission

To lead a culture of shared accountability for physical therapist education by connecting stakeholders across academic and practice communities to facilitate integration of best practices in clinical education.

Our objectives are to support the Mission of ACAPT to promote excellence in physical therapy education by:

  • Fostering academic-clinical partnerships that provide a collective voice in academic physical therapy in support of clinical education.

  • Being a leader in advancing a clinical education research agenda that guides data driven decision making.

  • Cultivating a national infrastructure to support efficient and effective sharing of clinical education information/resources to advance a collaborative culture of quality clinical education.

  • Influencing the development of academic and clinical educator leaders.

  • The NCCE will meet at least once annually at ELC in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ACAPT and, when possible, during CSM.

Have Your Registered Your NCCE Team?

To register your team, please complete the "NCCE Team Registration" form. Only team registrations will be accepted so you will need to register both persons at the same time. Please have the APTA membership numbers and emails for both team members ready prior to initiating the registration process. Again, teams are formed as institutional pairs and must register as a team in order for the institution's team to be approved.

If you have a change in team membership, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Jamie Bayliss, at ncce@acapt.org

NCCE Leadership Team

  • Chairperson: Donna Applebaum, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA (2017-2019)
  • Vice Chair: Tawna Wilkinson, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ (2018-2020)
  • Secretary: Jamie Bayliss, Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati OH (2018-2020)

Academic Director-at-Large:

  • Robin Galley, Nova Southeastern University, Tampa FL (2017-2019)
  • Lori Nolan-Gusman, University of Miami, Coral Gables FL (2017-2019)
  • Nancy Mulligan, Regis University, Boulder, CO (2018-2020)
  • Susan Tomlinson, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (2018-2020)

Clinical Director-at-Large:

  • Colette Pientok, Texas Womens University, Houston TX (2017-2019)
  • Christina Ropp, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL (2018-2020)
  • Matt Calendrillo, Springfield College, Springfield, MA (2018-2020)
  • Kara Lardinois, Duke University, Durham, NC (2018-2020)
  • Jaclyn Carson, The University of Montana - Missoula, Missoula, Montana (2018-2019)

Nominating Committee:

  • Nominating Chair (Academic): Vicki LaFay, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY (2016-2019); Nominating Chair (2018-2019)
  • Academic: Marcia Himes, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (2017-2020); Nominating Chair (2019-2020)
  • Academic: Janette Scardillo, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA (2018-2021); Nominating Chair (2020-2021)

Leadership Team Positions

The ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE) will hold elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If your institution's NCCE Team has registered via the NCCE online registration, ONE VOTE may be cast for an institution's NCCE team.  If you have not yet registered your institution's NCCE Team, do so now by clicking on the Request to Join Box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual APTA Education Leadership Conference where the NCCE annual business meeting will be held.

NCCE Leadership Positions and Description of Responsibilities:

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Consortium and shall be an Exofficio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. S/he shall be the designated liaison to the ACAPT Board of Directors unless otherwise determined by the NCCE Board of Directors; prepare and submit written reports of the activities of the NCCE to ACAPT; prepare and submit an annual written report of the activities of the Consortium to its members. The Chairperson will assure currency of essential information on the ACAPT NCCE Website.

Vice Chair:
The Vice Chairperson shall assume the duties of the Chairperson at the request of the Chairperson or in the absence or incapacitation of the Chairperson and oversee NCCE ad hoc committees as a voting committee member.  The Vice Chair shall serve as the Parliamentarian during the Annual and Special meetings. The Vice Chair shall represent the NCCE related to any Program Planning responsibilities for ELC. 

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all NCCE and Board meetings; notify NCCE members of the date, time, and place of NCCE meetings; maintain the NCCE’s archives and correspondence; and make NCCE’s minutes and rules and regulations available to the membership and to ACAPT’s executive office. 

Nominating Committee Member:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members.  Those eligible to serve are either the Academic or Clinical partner from an Institutional pair from an ACAPT member institution elected by the membership for three (3) year terms, with one (1) member being elected each year.  At least one (1) of the committee members shall be a clinical partner. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Committee Chair for the last year of his/her term.

The nominating committee shall prepare a slate of one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.  The slate (i.e. list of candidates) shall be published in the NCCE newsletter and distributed to the membership at least 60 days prior to the election.  The Nominating Chair will provide the slate, together with the information on each candidate, at least 30 days in advance of the election in the same fashion followed for the publication of the slate.

Directors-At-Large (DAL):

Academic Directors at Large- The Academic Directors at Large shall represent institutional DCEs and ACCEs on the NCCE Board of Directors. The Academic Directors at Large shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned. They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board. 

Clinical Directors at Large- The Clinical Directors at Large shall represent the clinical partners of ACAPT institutions. The Clinical Directors at Large shall serve on the NCCE Board of Directors and shall provide for broad-based input into the decision making process of the leadership team and assist with dissemination of information to the membership. They will serve as a regional liaison as assigned.  They will perform such other duties as may be applicable to the office or as directed by the Board.

For questions, contact vlafay@clarkson.edu 

ACAPT and NCCE Regional Liaisons

The NCCE Board has collaborated with the ACAPT Board to identify regions and liaisons that align with the ACAPT regions, for communication purposes with membership. Below, we have listed the regions and states assigned to each NCCE Board representative and their email addresses. 

Regional Consortia and Leadership Contacts

3 Rivers Area Consortium (PA, WV)

Carolina Clinical Education Consortium (NC, SC)

Central Coordinators of Clinical Education Consortium (AR, KS, MO, OK)

Central Indiana Clinical Education Consortium (IN)

Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum (IL)

Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators (FL)

Georgia Coalition of Physical Therapy Educators (GA)

Intercollegiate Academic Clinical Coordinators Council (Southern CA)

Iowa Clinical Education Consortium (IA)

Michigan PT Clinical Education Consortium (MI)

Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Physical Therapy Education (DC, MD, VA)

New England Consortium (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

New York New Jersey Clinical Education Consortium (NJ, NY)

Northern California Clinical Education Consortium (Northern CA)

Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium (MN, NE, ND, SD)

Northwestern Intermountain Consortium (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA)

Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of PT Programs for Clinical Education (OH, KY)

Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium (PA, DE)

Pocono Susquehanna Clinical Education Consortia (Northcentral PA)

Tennessee Clinical Education Consortium (TN)

Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education (TX)

Wisconsin PT Association Clinical Education SIG (WI)

Application to Form the NCCE - June 2013
Natl Consortium - Approved 6 10 13


Please see the institution and NCCE membership teams below. If you have a change in your membership team, please contact the NCCE Secretary, Jamie Bayliss, at ncce@acapt.org




Alabama State University

  • Veronica Jackson - DCE
  • Jennifer Ballard - CI

Andrews University

  • William Scott - DCE
  • Phillip Jasheway - CCCE

Arcadia University

  • Susan Tomlinson - DCE
  • Andrea Harrison - CCCE/CEC

Arkansas State University

  • Kristie Vinson - DCE
  • Marci Moffitt - CCCE/CEC

AT Still University of Health Sciences

  • Tawna Wilkinson - DCE
  • Dani Forger - SCCE

Augusta University

  • Janet Tankersley - ACCE
  • Jack Hanson - CCCE

Azusa Pacific University

  • Wendy Chung - DEC
  • Rowena Calvario - CCCE/CEC

Bellarmine University

  • Carrie Clark Hawkins - DCE
  • Kristen Luttrell - CCCE/CEC

Belmont University

  • Gail Bursch - DCE
  • Ashlee Butler - CCCE

Boston University

  • Mary Beth Holmes - co-DCE
  • Joan Drevins - CCCE

Bradley University

  • Kristina Latva - DCE
  • Chrissy Ropp - Clinical Partner

California State University, Fresno

  • Leslie Zarrinkhameh - DCE
  • Paul Smith - SCCE

California State University, Long Beach

  • Nina Surber - DCE
  • Cheryl Murakami - CCCE/CEC

California State University, Sacramento

  • Bryan Coleman-Salgado - DCE
  • Suzie Maciel - SCCE

Campbell University

  • Heidi Shearin - DCE
  • Brett Scheidt - Clinic Manager

Carroll University

  • Kathy Shields - ACCE
  • Dianne Isnard - CCCE/CEC

Central Michigan University

  • Karen Grossnickle - DCE
  • Jennifer Root - CCCE/CEC

Chapman University

  • Dorcas Tominaga - DCE
  • Mark Glavinic - CCCE/CEC

Chatham University

  • Ann Williamson - DCE
  • Gordon Riddle - SCCE

Clarke University

  • Alecia Thiele - ACCE
  • Madeline Vaassen - CCCE

Clarkson University

  • Vicki LaFay - DCE
  • Erica Zaluski - SCCE

Cleveland State University

  • Karen McIntyre - DCE
  • Karoline Lubbeck - CCCE/CEC

College of St. Scholastica

  • Dalerie Lieberz - DCE
  • Christopher Thorson - CCCE/CEC

Columbia University

  • Colleen Brough - DCE
  • Janeen Turano - CCCE

Concordia University Wisconsin

  • Lois Harrison - DCE
  • Andrea Vassev - CCCE/CEC

Creighton University

  • Lisa Black - DCE
  • Melissa Starr - CCCE/CEC

Des Moines University

  • Cindy Utley - DCE
  • Elizabeth Harden - CCCE

Drexel University

  • Kathryn Mitchell - Interim DCE
  • Shannon Marriner - CCCE/CEC

Duke University

  • Katie Myers - DCE
  • Kara Lardinois - CI

Duquesne University

  • Leesa DiBartola - DCE
  • Joseph Brence - CCCE/CEC

East Carolina University

  • Patricia Hodson - DCE
  • Glen Newman - CCCE

Eastern Washington University

  • Amelia Jay - DCE
  • Julie Bibo - CCCE/CEC

Elon University

  • Crystal Ramsey - Interim DCE
  • Michael Sherk - CCCE/CEC

Emory University

  • Patricia Bridges - DCE
  • Beth Radford - SCCE

Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Jacqueline van Duijn - DCE
  • Maurine Martin - CCCE

Florida International University

  • Teresa Munecas - DCE
  • Melanie Orell - CCCE/CEC

Franklin Pierce University

  • Olga McSorley - DCE
  • Sarah Cram - CCCE/CEC

Gannon University

  • Julie Hartmann - DCE
  • Ashlee Jones - CCCE/CEC

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus

  • Sharan Zirges - DCE
  • Michelle Beverly - CCCE/CEC

Grand Valley State University

  • Karen Ozga - DCE
  • Kirk Randall - CCCE/CEC

Hardin-Simmons University

  • Jill Jumper - DCE
  • Sagan Everett - PT, Clinical Instructor

Hunter College (CUNY)

  • Nicki Silberman - DCE
  • Jennifer Cunningham - SCCE

Husson University

  • Kim Steinbarger - DCE
  • Jenna Wing - CCCE/CEC

Indiana University

  • Valerie Strunk - DCE
  • Susan O'Bryan - CCCE/CEC

Lebanon Valley College

  • Jennifer Price - DCE
  • Tanya Myers - SCCE

Louisiana State University - New Orleans

  • Ha Hoang - DCE
  • Damita Williams-Swanson - CCCE

Marquette University

  • Danielle Parker - DCE
  • Anne Lehman - CCCE/CEC

Marymount University

  • Marti Carroll - DCE
  • Maria Summers - CCCE/CEC

Maryville University

  • Ann Fick - DCE
  • Jeff Borgmeyer - CCCE/CEC

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Janna Kucharski-Howard - DCE
  • Melissa Dilorenzo - CAM

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

  • Aaron Rindflesch - DCE
  • Katie Traver - CEC

Mercer University

  • David Taylor - DCE
  • Nichole Edwards - CCCE

Mercer University

  • David Taylor - Director of Clinical Education
  • Brandy Wilkins - SCCE

Mercy College

  • Ruth Hansen - DCE
  • Linda Fieback -

MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Donna Applebaum - DCE
  • Emily Smith-Sturr - SCCE

Midwestern University

  • Sarah Keller - DCE
  • Heidi Tippner - CCCE

Midwestern University (AZ)

  • Debbie Bierwas - DCE
  • John Klune - CCCE/CEC

Missouri State University

  • Marcia Hime - ADCE
  • Nancy Drake - CCCE/CEC

Mount Saint Joseph University

  • Jamie Bayliss - DCE
  • Allison Hermes - CEC

Mount Saint Mary’s University

  • Stephanie Salto - DCE
  • In Transition -

Nazareth College

  • Michelle Donahue -
  • Rachel Waugh -

New York Medical College

  • Sonia Gawronski - Director of Clinical Education
  • Shannon Albanese - SCCE

New York University

  • Elaine Becker - DCE
  • Angela Stolfi - CCCE/CEC

Northeastern University

  • Christopher Cesario - DCE
  • Lisa Giallonardo - CCCE/CEC

Northern Arizona University

  • Lorie Kronieberg - ACCE
  • Erica Peterson - CCCE/CEC

Northwestern University

  • Krista Van Der Lann - DCE
  • Christopher Meachem - CCCE

Nova Southeastern University

  • Robin Galley - DCE
  • Christine Alverto - CCCCE/CEC

Oakland University

  • Beth Black - ACCE
  • Jamie Janes - CCCE/CEC

Ohio University

  • Janice Howman - DCE
  • Tara Legar - CAM

Old Dominion University

  • Elizabeth Locke - DCE
  • Sharon Springfield - Clinical Partner

Quinnipiac University

  • Ellen Wetherbee - DCE
  • Danielle Dunne - Clinical Excellence/Mentorship Coordinator

Regis University

  • Nancy Mulligan - DCE
  • Katherine Olge - CCCE/CEC

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

  • Joel Tenbrink - ACCE
  • Aaron Swalberg - CCCE/CEC

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • Patrick Withrow - DCE
  • Jennifer Warning - CCCCE/CEC

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (North)

  • Kathleen Mairella - DCE
  • Pragati Duttaroy - SCCE

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (South)

  • Dennise Krencicki - DCE
  • Carolyn Palma - CCCE

Sacred Heart University

  • Beverly Fein - DCE
  • Michael Catuccio - CCCE/CEC

Saint Francis University

  • Peg Calvert - DCE
  • Thomas Anders - CCCE/CEC

Saint Louis University

  • Carol Beckel - DCE
  • Jennifer Heckert - CI

Samuel Merritt University

  • Gaye Raymond - DCE
  • Lori Beyer - CCCCE/CEC

San Diego State University

  • Kelly Prescher - DCE
  • Tabitha Rozeboom - CCCE/CEC

Shenandoah University

  • Megan Bureau - DCE
  • Melissa Wolff-Burke - CCCE

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

  • Kathryn Mitchell - ADCE
  • Shannon Richardson - SCCE

Springfield College

  • Deborah Pelletier - DCE
  • Matthew Calendrillo - CCCE/CEC

St Ambrose University

  • Lynn Frank - DCE
  • Amanda Crouch - CCCE

Stockton University

  • Leann Guenthner - DCE
  • C. McCulley - CCCE

Stony Brook University

  • Lori Hochman - Director of Clinical Education
  • Kimberly Belizar - SCCE

Temple University

  • Jane Fagan - DCE
  • Andrea Blau - CCCE/CEC

Texas State University - San Marcos

  • Steve Spivey - DCE
  • Joshua Lee - CI

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Misty Miller - DCE
  • Matthew McCreary - CI

Texas Woman's University

  • Peggy Gleeson - DCE
  • Colette Pientok - CCCE/CEC

The George Washington University

  • Marisa Birkmeier - DCE
  • Kristen Quinn - CCCE/CEC

The Ohio State University

  • Tonya Apke - DCE
  • Brianne Rice - CCCE/CEC

The University of Findlay

  • Allison Durham - DCE
  • Zachary Hughes - PT

The University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Kristine "Tina" Chase - DCE
  • Megan K. Kennedy - CCCE/CEC

The University of Montana - Missoula

  • Jennifer Bell - DCE
  • Jaclyn Carson - CI

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Jennifer Cooked - DCE
  • Kristel Maes - CCCE/CEC

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • Lisa Harrison - DCE
  • Connie Roberts - CCCE/CEC

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • Jacque Bradford - DCE
  • Kevin Gibson - CCCE/CEC

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Laurie Farroni - DCE
  • Lori Stacks - CCCE/CEC

The University of Texas Medical Branch at San Antonio

  • Michael Geelhoed - DCE
  • David Salgado - CCCE/CEC

Thomas Jefferson University

  • Janet Jackson-Coty - Co-DCE
  • Susan Mulhern - CCCE/CEC

Touro College - Bayshore

  • Ofra Pottorf - DCE
  • Shereen Rehman - CCCE/CEC

Touro College - Manhattan

  • Reema Thakkar - DCE
  • James Nussbaum - CCCE/CEC

Touro University of Nevada

  • Carrie Gillis - DCE
  • Beren Shah - Chair


  • Theresa Jaramillo - ACCE
  • Kent Palmer - CCCE

University at Buffalo

  • Juli Wylegala - DCE
  • Alanna Pokorski - CCCE/CEC

University of Central Arkansas

  • Melissa Booth - DCE
  • Gabe Freyaldenhoven - CCCE/CEC

University of Central Florida

  • Laurie Neely - DCE
  • Erin Jones - CCCE

University of Cincinnati

  • Amber Boyd - DCE
  • Alice Holder - CAM

University of Colorado

  • Jenny Rodriquez - DCE
  • Michele Kohl - CCCE/CEC

University of Dayton

  • Sean Gallivan - DCE
  • Julie Crompton - CCCE/CEC

University of Delaware

  • Carrie Foeller - DCE
  • Sowmya Kumble - CCCE/CEC

University of Florida

  • William McGehee - DCE
  • Michelle Musalo - CCCE/CEC

University of Hartford

  • Dawn Roller - DCE
  • Walter Gorack - CCCE/CEC

University of Indianapolis

  • Renee Van Veld - DCE
  • Lori Thorp - CAM

University of Iowa

  • Kelly Sass - DCE
  • Libby Kestel - CAM

University of Jamestown

  • Tara Haj - Director of Clinical Education
  • Amanda Gunkel - Clinical Instructor

University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Yvonne Colgrove - DCE
  • Julie Ginter - DOR

University of Kentucky

  • Lynn English -
  • Angela Henning - CI

University of Mary

  • Jody Eckert - DCE
  • Lisa Kaufman - CCCE/CEC

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

  • Jenise Engelke - DCE
  • Patricia Bennett - Director of Rehab

University of Maryland - Baltimore

  • Rachel Skolky - DCE
  • Carly Funk - CCCE/CEC

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

  • Michael Fox - DCE
  • Tim Lison - CCCE/CEC

University of MIami

  • Lori Gusman - ADCE
  • Zahilly Salinas - SCCE

University of Michigan - Flint

  • Karen Berg - DCE
  • Sarah McAllister - CCCE/CEC

University of Missouri

  • Martin Dan - DCE
  • Trisha Clutts - CCCE

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Nikki Sleddens - DCE
  • Lindsay Nichols - CCCE/CEC

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Carrie Gillis - DCE
  • Beren Shah - CAM

University of New England

  • Sally McCormack Tutt - DCE
  • Jennifer Nelson - CCCE/CEC

University of New Mexico

  • Tiffany Enache - DCE
  • Maria Boggio - PT/CI

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  • Lynn Jeffries - DCE
  • Joe Streich - CCCE/CEC

University of Pittsburgh

  • Lynn Fitzgerald - DCE
  • Hallie Zeleznik - CAM

University of Rhode Island

  • Carol Petrie - DCE
  • Samuel Jacob Melnick - CCCE/CEC

University of Saint Mary

  • Dawn Osborne - DCE
  • Karen Bock - CCCE/CEC

University of Scranton

  • Janette Scardillo - DCE
  • Grace Craven - CCCE

University of South Alabama

  • Kareaion Eaton - DCE
  • Kayla Braddock Mowdy - CI

University of South Dakota

  • Joy Karges - DCE
  • Carrie Bills - CCCE

University of Southern California

  • Michael Simpson - DCE
  • Kirk R. Bentzen - CAM

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Austin

  • Kathleen J. Manella - ACCE
  • Kai Williams - CCCE

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences - Florida

  • Laurie Shimko - ACCE
  • Chris Kopp - SCCE

University of Texas at El Paso

  • Rhonda Manning - DCE
  • Harry Koster - PT

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

  • Julie DeVahl - DCE
  • Julie Buchl - ACM

University of the Incarnate Word

  • Chad Jackson - Director of Professional Practice Education
  • Abigail "Dawn" Anderson - CI

University of the Pacific

  • Alicia Rabena-Amen - DCE
  • Brent Lofy - CI

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

  • Shelly Lewis - DCE
  • Jessica Fulmino - CSE

University of Toledo

  • Amy Both - DCE
  • Alison Matson - CCCE

University of Utah

  • Reva Rauk - DCE
  • Randy Carson - CCCE

University of Vermont

  • Paula Smith - DCE
  • Katherine Spencer - CCCE/CEC

University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse

  • Amy Taebel - DCE
  • Doug Grovergrys - CCCE/CEC

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

  • Ann Dietrick - DCE
  • Christine Henning - CCCE/CEC

Utica College

  • Michelle Nunno-Evans - ADCE
  • K Merrell - CCCE/CEC

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Emma Wheelere - ACCE
  • Alica Paey - CCCE/CEC

Walsh University

  • Christine McCallum - DCE
  • Melissa Lippencott - SCCE

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Tamara L. Burlis - DCE
  • Sara Alhajeri - CCCE/CEC

Wayne State University

  • Martha Schiller - DCE
  • Krissy Stein - CCCE

West Virginia University

  • Ralph Utzman - DCE
  • David Felton - CCCE/CEC

Western Carolina University

  • Jessica Graning - DCE
  • Page McDowell - SCCE

Western University of Health Sciences

  • Janet Konecne - DCE
  • Toni Kitagawa - CCCE/CEC

Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Rhonda Haley - DCE
  • Thomas McCracken - CI

Wichita State University

  • Jennifer Celso - DCCE
  • Dana Hayworth - CCCE

Widener University

  • Ellen Erdman - DCE
  • Michele Mulhall - CCCE/CEC

Winston-Salem State University

  • Jennifer Martin - DCE
  • Meredith Westbrook - SCCE

Youngstown State University

  • Cara Berg-Carramusa - DCE
  • Julie Gruden - CCCE


The NCCE has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that clarifies who the NCCE is, what we do, insights on the benefits of NCCE membership, and considerations for selecting a clinical or academic partner. Please click here or on the "Documents" tab to review.

NCCE Regional August 2019

NCCE MAP CREATION_Bayliss_8.8.19V2

This map represents the percent of NCCE member pairs relative to ACAPT member institutions as of August 2019. It divides the membership into regions and displays each region's NCCE Board representative.

Current News

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the NCCE!

Thank you to all candidates for your commitment and willingness to volunteer your time and talents to serve on the NCCE Board.  Please attend the Installation of Officers which will occur at the NCCE Business meeting at ELC in Jacksonville:

The officers elected this year were:                                          

Vice Chair: (2 year term: 2018-2020)

Tawna Wilkinson

Secretary: (2 year term: 2018-2020)

Jamie Bayliss

Nominating Committee member: (3 year term 2018-2021; Chair 2020-2021)

Janette Scardillo

Academic Directors at Large (2 year term 2018-2020):

Susan Tomlinson

Nancy Mulligan

Clinical Directors at Large (2 year term 2018-2020):

Matt Calendrillo

Chrissy Ropp

Kara Lardinois 


2018 Regional Consortia Session

The 2018 Regional Consortia Session PowerPoint is available for viewing. Many thanks to the participants and facilitators of this event. 

Regional Consortium Session 2018



A Message from the NCCE Chair

Thank you for the opportunity to serve PT Clinical Education for the last 2 years. You could have launched a write-in campaign during this last voting cycle, so I appreciate the fact that you didn't do that, and I look forward to working with all of you over the next 2 years. I have had the pleasure of working with others you have elected to this Board who are just as passionate about making a difference, to build an infrastructure for the NCCE as part of ACAPT that has poised us well to advise programs on the future of clinical education. The ACAPT Board knows we are here, and needs us to be rational and productive, and present meaningful data as the basis for decision making. I can't remember a time in my career in which clinical education has been this much in the spotlight, and I see tremendous opportunity for this organization to create evidence-based clinical education practices that are sustainable and are consistent with the vision for the doctor of physical therapy.

For several years we have listened to, "clinical education is broken," without quite knowing what that means. We will figure out why these perceptions exist and consider all stakeholder groups in examining our practices.

My role has allowed me to interact with other leadership in our profession, which has been a great opportunity to advocate for the NCCE, and a learning experience for me. I have been able to see first-hand the positivity and transparency that is a value of the current ACAPT Board and the APTA leadership, at the staff level AND the Board level. I feel very positive about our collaborations going into the near future.

 Going into the next 1-2 years, here is what I see for us:

-We will capitalize on our collective energy and talents, by creating opportunities for members to get involved in the work of the NCCE

 -We will figure out how to communicate in a way that is functional for this group, and collaborate with other groups to create stronger communication networks. This includes harnessing the power of regional consortia.

 -We will prioritize issues and questions related to moving forward on clinical education, and collaborate to take the right first steps -We will develop the concept of "partnership" on multiple levels, between academic and clinical settings, and between academic programs, to contribute to that sustainability and work smarter, not harder.

 -We will contribute to changing our educational culture by demonstrating that clinical faculty are an integral part of the faculty, and in so doing, will put forward the voice of the CCCE, the CI, and the clinical manager and practice owner, in building our sustainable practices.

 -We will contribute to the body of evidence around teaching and learning practices, placement processes, and outcomes of clinical education.

These are my hopes for this organization in the short run. I'm not patient when I want to make progress and when we are representing others, but have learned that forming an organization that will do important work takes time and thought. The last 2 years have gone fast. With these positive and forward-thinking leaders you have elected,  I hope to continue to create an open and approachable environment for communication, and opportunities for others who have important things to contribute.

 Donna Applebaum, NCCE Chair

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