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Event Details

Empowering Academic DPT & PTA Leadership Teams


Empowering the academic physical therapy leadership team training


Empowering the Academic Physical Therapy Leadership Team Towards Excellence

Provided through the ACAPT Leadership Academy (ALA)

Many internal and external pressures faced by Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) & Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program leaders compel all members of the team to act together to contribute purposefully to their collective goals and vision; yet too often traditional academic cultures under-emphasize or superficially encourage teamwork leading to siloed work that lacks the richness of deliverables produced collaboratively.  

The course will focus on:

  • Development of personal and shared leadership to achieve high performing faculty teams
  • Creating collegial cultures within shared governance of DPT academic enterprises
  • Building effective stewardship of the DPT curriculum
  • Integration of academic administration that drives system efficiencies to enable more time and attention to lead people toward a common vision.

Through a hybrid delivery format (synchronous, asynchronous and in-person) delivered by instructors as experts and mentors, the course will focus on application of content that culminates with a leadership team action plan implementation project intended to drive the home institution’s progress toward excellence in accordance with the ACAPT Excellence Framework.

This new, affordable ACAPT team training fills a gap in currently available offerings for DPT programs & is a good  complement to other leadership development.

Who should attend

This training will benefit Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) leadership teams of 3:

  • 1 Chair/Director
  • 1 Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
  • 1 Assistant Chair/Director or Faculty member

Each participant will receive content, assessment, reflection & application opportunities to empower their team to effectively nurture a collegial culture of collaboration as they solve problems, pursue new opportunities, and capitalize on each other’s strengths as they collectively aspire to achieve excellence in DPT education.

Program learning objectives

  1. Develop personal leadership competencies, leadership adaptability and team performance to build cultures of innovation and empowerment within an academic shared governance model.
  2. Integrate strategies to establish a collegial culture that strives for excellence within your academic enterprise.
  3. Apply effective shared leadership that integrates stewardship of best practices in educational delivery and assessment across the continuum of learning of DPT students.
  4. Build administration competencies to ensure systems and processes within your academic enterprise uses data to drive decision making that fosters achievements within the ACAPT Excellence Framework.
  5. Develop a leadership team action plan that applies knowledge, skills, and abilities gained within this course to promote advancement of your academic enterprise.

Secure your spot by registering today!

Course sequence & timeline

  • Phase 1: April 3, 2024 - Participant teams begin completion of pre-work for the course  
  • Phase 2: May 15, 2024 -  90-minute synchronous online session with all teams 
  • Phase 3: June 6-8, 2024 - 2.5 day in-person workshop hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Phase 4: August 7, 2024 & December 11, 2024  - 2 follow up 90-minute synchronous online sessions

The first synchronous session capitalizes on the creation of a learning community as teams share their pre-work findings and begin developing relationships across teams. The key content will be delivered in the in-person workshop as noted below, followed by 2 additional synchronous sessions over the next 6 months to facilitate successful implementation of each team’s action plan with mentoring and support of the learning community and the instructors. 

Course modules

The in-person 2.5 day summer workshop will be taught in 4 modules.

Module 1: Nurturing Personal Leadership to Drive Exceptional Team Performance 

As academicians, we are all obligated to lead in the clinical and professional formation of DPTs & PTAs across our multifaceted learning continuum. To effectively lead within a shared leadership model, it is essential to first lead oneself.  Participants will assess their leadership preferences and discover how to adapt leadership styles to engage others in shared leadership models. 

Learning to lead as a high performing team strengthens the team’s abilities to serve as the trustees for doctoral students in our programs and engages full faculty teams to strive toward excellence within their academic enterprises. Using multiple resources including the ACAPT Leadership Compass and the ACAPT Excellence Framework, this first module sets the stage for other modules within the program.  

Module 2: Nurturing a Collegial Culture Through Effective Teamwork

Nurturing a collegial culture requires leadership teams to create an atmosphere intentionally in which all members cooperatively work together to pursue new opportunities and to solve problems.  This module will provide strategies to help DPT & PTA leadership teams nurture a collegial culture through:

  • Proactively identifying implicit and explicit biases that may enhance or deter inclusivity
  • Designing and managing faculty roles and workloads that balance individual and collective achievements (i.e., service, scholarship, teaching)
  • Fostering shared decision-making, conducting progressive faculty evaluations, recruiting/developing faculty (using DEI best practices)
  • Broadening/deepening external and internal relationships. 

Module 3: Stewardship of the DPT & PTA Curriculum 

A quality DPT & PTA program curriculum is detailed and addresses all aspects of the students’ educational experience (e.g., didactic, and clinical education courses, criteria for assigning appropriate faculty to coursework, methods of delivery, and resources supporting the collective academic experiences).

  • This module will include strategies for mapping an effective DPT & PTA program curriculum to essential regulatory bodies, institutional missions and outcomes, and contemporary professional issues faced by physical therapy professionals.
  • The module also addresses approaches for identifying and implementing appropriate educational models/theories into a curriculum, considerations for integrating clinical education experiences that support the entire curriculum, as well as methods for selecting and applying instructional delivery that best fits the curriculum design. 

Module 4: Creating & Nurture Collegial Cultures for Effective Leadership & Management  

This module explores content essential for effective administration of the academic enterprise including strategic planning, a shared vision and annual action plans to guide decision making and resource priority allocations.  Other essential administrative functions will be discussed, such as:

  • Fiscal planning and budget management
  • Faculty workload models, policy development and management
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Continuum of marketing, recruitment, and admissions practices for students and faculty embedded in a framework that capitalizes on effective teamwork within a collegial culture.

The ACAPT Excellence Framework will be used as a foundation for comprehensive assessment and foster a culture of continuous improvement.  Multiple data sources will be explored to determine options for comprehensive program assessment using multiple stakeholders in this process. 


Registration fees cover:

  • Synchronous & asynchronous virtual content, including individual leadership style assessments & other program materials
  • In-person learning modules at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and some meals, including lunches and snacks
  • Mentorship support for your team throughout the year
  • Optional CEU credit

The fee does not include travel expenses or hotel accommodation. Non-ACAPT members may incur an additional charge for access to the Leadership Compass

Ideally, your team is 3 participants as described above. To take advantage of a team rate, you need at least 2 participants, but no more than 5. 

  • DPT team rate per person ($925)
  • DPT individual attendee not part of a team ($1500)
  • PTA team rate per person ($675)
  • PTA individual attendee not part of a team ($975)

Register today!

For questions about this program, please contact events@acapt.org to learn more. 

Course presentation team

  • Dr. Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Dr. Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT, MBA, EdD
  • Dr. David Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Dr. Barbara Tschoepe, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD completed her entry-level PT degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1981, a Master of Science Degree in Health Science and Sport from James Madison University in 1990, and a PhD in Education from VCU in 2002. She also completed a transitional DPT at VCU in 2009. She is a 2014 APTA Fellow of the Educational Leadership Institute (now the Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership). Dr. Shoaf served as the Vice President/Dean of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS), Mary Baldwin University (MBU) 2021 – 2022. Prior to her role as VP/Dean she was the founding DPT Program Director at MDCHS 2012 – 2020. She was the Director of Clinical Education at the Department of Physical Therapy, VCU 2002-2012. She served as an instructor for the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program 1999-2019.

She participated actively in several CAPTE accreditations, including as the primary leader for the candidacy and initial accreditation cycles for the DPT program at MDCHS. In her role as DPT program director she managed budget and strategic planning for the program, and has had additional experience with budget management, marketing and admissions, and strategic planning and partnership development in her role as VP/Dean. Dr. Shoaf has served in leadership roles at the state and national level including Chapter President, Delegate, and Chief Delegate for Virginia, and on the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Education Board. She is a former president of the State Licensing Board of Virginia and was a member of the FCCPT Quality Review Committee. She served on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee 2017-2022, serving as its chair in 2022.  

Dr. Jennifer E. Green-Wilson, PT, MBA, Ed.D.  completed her BSc degree in physical therapy from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1984, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997, and an EdD in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher University in 2011. Dr. Green-Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Healthcare Administration (HCA) program at SUNY Brockport. Dr. Green-Wilson, as a PT educator, content expert and principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership, engages with several Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs across the country to strengthen the development of leadership, teamwork, practice management, and business literacy at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  Part of this work allows Dr. Green-Wilson to strength curricula, teach specific courses for DPT students, and customize/facilitate diverse faculty development workshops/programs. Worth mentioning, Dr. Green-Wilson was invited to facilitate ACAPT’s Leadership Workshop at ELC 2018 (“Your Leadership Mindset: Think Big, Act Boldly”) and its subsequent Leadership Webinar in 2019 (“Cultivating a Growth Mindset in DPT Students”).

Dr. Green-Wilson is the primary editor and lead chapter author of “Learning to Lead in Physical Therapy” (2020); this is the first textbook of its kind, targeted at DPT programs in the United States. Previously serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she continues to speak nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, teamwork, business literacy, and management in healthcare.  Dr. Green-Wilson is the founding Director of the LAMP Leadership Institute for the Academy of Leadership and Innovation (formerly HPA the Catalyst) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a past member of ACAPT’s Student Leadership Development Committee and APTA Private Practice’s Education Committee. 

David Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA  received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983, a MS in Physical Therapy Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1990 and a PhD in Health Education and Promotion, also from UAB, in 2004. He is also a Credentialed Fellowship Graduate from the APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship and a graduate of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy program. Dr. Morris is currently Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has been a full-time faculty member. He has been a member of the UAB Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Research Group since 1994 and has participated in multiple research projects aimed at developing the approach and examining its influence on extremity use following stroke and other neurologic disorders.

He is Training Coordinator for the UAB Training for CI Therapy program and conducts CI therapy training programs for rehabilitation professionals worldwide. He has held multiple leadership roles in several APTA components including President of the the APTA Academy of Aquatic PT and APTA Alabama. Morris is recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the 2012 APTA Legislative Commitment Award, the 2012 Marilyn Gossman Award for Professionalism in PT from APTA Alabama, and the 2022 APTA Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award. In 2017, he was named an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow.  

Barbara A. Tschoepe, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA is a nationally recognized academic leader in higher education with expertise in faculty leadership development, curriculum design and assessment. She has been recognized with numerous awards, most notably as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA), the profession's highest honor for her long-standing contributions to education, advocacy, research, and practice in physical therapy. She holds the honor of Dean Emerita from Regis University School of Physical Therapy after a 20-year tenure that led this School from inception in 1994 to a recognized leader in DPT education in the US. She serves as the President of The Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI), was a past Board Member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and served on their Academic Leadership Academy.

Dr. Tschoepe currently is an education consultant where she leads DPT faculty in strategic planning, leadership development, curriculum development within a culture of ongoing assessment and CAPTE accreditation preparation intended to guide education initiatives in the future. She has been engaged throughout her career with international collaboration efforts that include Mexico DPT student immersion experiences, development of the 1st DPT program in Ethiopia with Addis Ababa College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, advanced practice teaching in Nairobi, Kenya, and serves as an accreditation reviewer for the National Centre for Academic Accreditation and evAluation (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia. She continues to teach in health care leadership development, is active in clinical practice sharing her movement system expertise with individuals experiencing progressive neuromuscular disease and has an active research agenda that explores the integration of leadership development for all physical therapists across their career continuum.


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