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January 22
Spring Pedagogy Workshops Offered by CELT
The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is offering more than 20 pedagogy workshops throughout the spring semester (see the list below, and check CELT’s events calendar for dates: The Graduate School encourages you to take advantage of these free professional development opportunities (some are accompanied by refreshments!). To receive workshop dates and descriptions by email and to learn about registration details, join the CELT announcement list by going to and clicking on “Join Our Announcement List.” The announcement for Friday’s “Gamestorming” workshop is detailed at the bottom of this post. The Graduate School will also include descriptions and details about these and other workshops in its Graduate Student Listserv, which you may join here: January · Exploring the Use of Rubrics · Gamestorming & Innovation Games in the Classroom · Hybrid Course Design · Alternatives to the Essay February · How Do I Handle This? Challenging Situations In and Out of the Classroom · Active Learning with Google Apps · Introduction to Digital Pedagogy · Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi and other Tools · Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) · Aligning Outcomes, Assessments and Activities · Student Roundtable: Multiple Perspectives Panel · Teaching to the Four Humors March · Formative Assessment & Collaborative Learning · Flipping the Classroom: Key Design Considerations · Documenting Your Teaching Activities: Assembling a Teaching Portfolio · CELT Presents Richard E. Mayer on the Intersection of Cognition, Instruction, and Technology · Mobile App Playground: mLearning & Cellphones in the Classroom · Teaching Millennials: Advice from a Boomer April · Intermediate Game-Based Learning · 7 Principles of Multimedia Learning · The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Course and Teacher Evaluations · Rethinking Presentation Slides Using Assertion-Evidence Structure · Self-Regulated Learners Event: Gamestorming and Innovation Games in the Classroom Date: Friday, January 23 Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM Location: Lucille Little Library, Study Room 1 (second floor) Gamestorming is a workshop/collaboration facilitation technique that can help unlock the creativity of participants for group learning and problem-solving. This workshop will introduce the principles of gamestorming and provide examples of how various games can be applied in the classroom setting used to increase student engagement with course material and promote active learning. By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to identify when Gamestorming techniques would be most appropriate for classroom use, and have a few basic games/activities or combination of games they could employ in their own face-to-face, hybrid or online courses. Refreshments will be served. Please go to the following URL to register for the workshop and complete a short pre-workshop survey that will assist us in tailoring the workshop to your needs. Please contact Christopher Rice ( if you have any questions.
January 12
Congratulations Greg Pitts, MS, OTR/L, CHT!
Greg Pitts, a native of Berea, Kentucky and a graduate of the Eastern Kentucky University Masters of Occupational Therapy program, has been named the National President of the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). The AHTF is an organization dedicated to supporting research and education for upper extremity rehabilitation. The Foundation awards $20,000 on an annual basis for education and research to grant applicants. Mr. Pitts is past owner and current Clinical Specialist at Kentucky Hand and Physical Therapy in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral program, a collaborative program between University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. Mr. Pitts lives in Lexington Kentucky with his wife Anne Marie and their six children.
December 09
Doctoral Student Presentation at AMSUS
On Friday, December 5th, RHB doctoral student MAJ Enrique Smith-Forbes, MOT, OTR, CHT gave a presentation titled "Experiences of Individuals in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation With Incongruence Between Their QuickDASH and GROC Scores: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study" to the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). AMSUS is the premier association supporting and representing military and other federal healthcare professionals. AMSUS was organized in 1891 and chartered by Congress in 1903 to advance the knowledge of healthcare within the federal agencies and to increase the effectiveness of its members. It is dedicated to all aspects of federal medicine – professional, scientific, educational and administrative. Presently their nearly 8,000 members represent all healthcare disciplines and serve in the Active and Reserve Components of all of the uniformed services, as well as the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
November 17
Doctoral Student Presentation at Bellarmine
On Friday, November 7, RHB doctoral student Audrey Johnson gave a presentation at Bellarmine University, recapping content from a conference titled Preparing the Next Generation of Physical Therapists for Innovative Practice: Physical Therapy Leaders Networking to Transform Health Care that took place in Washington, DC in July. The presentation was designed to facilitate discussion among the Bellarmine PT faculty and students of how PTs can strive to have greater leadership role and discuss how to engage and prepare PT students for the current and future healthcare environment.
November 11
Qualitative Research Course, Spring 2015
A qualitative research course will be offered in spring 2015 at EKU. Use the link below for more information.



November 06
Congratulations Paul Kline
Paul Kline was selected as a finalist for excellence in research award from the sports physical therapy section of the 2015 combined sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. This award is given to the top 3 submitted abstracts to the sports section and is very competitive.
November 05
Congratulations Major Enrique Smith-Forbes
Major Enrique Smith-Forbes, MOT, OTR, CHT, was recently the keynote speaker for the 2014 Phi Lambda Sigma Chi Chapter Leadership Banquet. Phi Lamda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, promotes the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. Major Smith-Forbes, currently a doctoral candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of Kentucky (a collaborative program with Eastern Kentucky University), spoke about his experiences in the United States Air Force and the United States Army, as both a COTA and an OTR. His past duty assignments include Chief of Occupational Therapy at General Leonard Wood Army Hospital and Officer in Charge of the largest Behavioral Health Clinic in Iraq during his deployment. The Leadership Banquet was held on October 21, 2014 at the Hilary Boone Center at the University of Kentucky and was attended by Phi Lambda Sigma Chi Chapter members, alumni members, faculty members, and honorary members
November 05
Highlight of Undergraduate Research
Attached is a copy of Ryan DeCoste's undergraduate Heracles project as supervised via Tim Butterfield
click to see research project:
October 03
Congratulations to Major Enrique Smith Forbes and faculty advisors @ EKU & UK


The 2014 American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting


Major Enrique Smith-Forbes is a doctoral candidate in the cooperative Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral program between Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. He was recently awarded recognition for his two abstracts presented at the 37th American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 18-20, 2014.  


His quantitative study, (with co-authors Howell, D.M., Willoughby, J., Pitts, G., & Uhl, T.) “Minimal Clinical Important Difference of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) for Post-surgical Distal Radius Fractures,” earned ‘The First Time Scientific Session Presenter Award.’


His qualitative study, (with co-authors Morgan, R., Clark, K., Hall, S. Willoughby, J., Armstrong, H., Pitts, G., Uhl, T., & Howell, D.M.) “Experiences of Individuals in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation with Incongruence Between their QuickDASH and GROC Scores: A Phenomenological Study,” earned ‘The Best Scientific Paper Award.’













The 2014 Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association Annual Meeting




From left to right: Dr. Dana Howell, MAJ Brian Gregg, MAJ Enrique Smith-Forbes, and CPT Theresa Reer. Missing: Dr. Anne Shordike.


A team students and faculty from EKU, members of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral program between Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky presented at the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association Annual Meeting in Lexington Kentucky on Sunday September 21st, 2014. They discussed “The Deployment Role of Army Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Health.” The presenters were MAJ Smith-Forbes & MAJ Gregg, both from the EKU Ph.D. program, in conjunction with CPT Reer, the Chief of Occupational Therapy at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Dr. Howell and Dr. Shordike, their advising professors, supervised the project. The 3-hour mini-course reviewed the role of Army OTs in behavioral health in the deployed environment, services available to veterans upon redeployment, and current concepts on mild traumatic brain injury OT intervention.

September 09
Recomendations from the Curriculum Committee
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