Dear students, faculty and colleagues of the Creighton OT community,
It is a privilege to write to you for the first time in 2020. It is hard to believe that we are already in February! While at times it has been bitterly cold and snowy in Omaha, the Creighton University Occupational Therapy community has never stopped experiencing the energy, excitement and passion from the advancement of our program.
At the beginning of the new academic year, we welcomed three outstanding faculty members, Drs. Spellman, Little and Fellman, to the Creighton OT community. More recently, we also had the honor of another addition to our faculty family, Dr. Kaipust. Each faculty member is dedicated to the success of our program, and especially our students, who will be future leaders of our profession!
Under the leadership of Dr. Brenda Coppard, we had a successful visit from the Higher Learning Commission to our hybrid locations at University of Alaska Anchorage and Regis University in Denver. The final report of the visit will come to us in the very near future. Additionally, preparation continues for the opening of our Creighton Phoenix OTD location. The Phoenix location will be an essential part of the Creighton Phoenix Health Sciences campus, and we anticipate welcoming additional OTD students to this new location in fall 2021.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, our program will be up for our Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) reaffirmation. Preparation for the self-study and the ACOTE on-site visit in late spring 2021 are underway. I will continue to keep everyone informed of this progress.
In other good news, Dr. Angela Patterson recently received a grant from the inaugural Creighton President’s Distinguished Curriculum Innovation and Pedagogical Research Grant! Dr. Patterson and colleagues’ research grant, Collaborative Global Health Education: Learning Modules Based in Ignatian Pedagogy is among the five awards from Creighton University. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Patterson on this wonderful accomplishment!
Our program continues to expand and flourish, and such advancement could not be possible without all of you. I am looking forward to the continued success of our program and to speaking to you in the next newsletter!
As we step into a new year, allow me to conclude with this inspirational quote from Mother Teresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”.
Keli Mu PhD, OTR/L
Chair and Professor of Occupational Therapy