A task force is a group of individuals appointed by the ACAPT Board of Directors to complete a specific charge or objective of interest to the enterprise of academic physical therapy. Task forces are typically composed of ACAPT members, but may include representation from other communities of interest. An ACAPT Board member will be assigned as a liaison to the task force. APTA Staff and/or a consultant could be asked to serve on or assist with an ACAPT task force, as needed. The board appoints the chair of the Task Force. The Chair organizes the work of the task force, recording meeting notes or minutes of meetings/conference calls, and submitting reports to
the ACAPT Board.
The Task Force’s work is completed when they present a report to the ACAPT Board of Directors on their findings with recommendations. The Board may support and accept any or all of the recommendations. The Board may also choose to table, take no action or edit the recommendations.
A call for members has not yet gone out, but is forthcoming
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore what data is currently available versus that which needs to be acquired, along with the technology, systems, and costs needed for ACAPT to assess program outcomes relative to the criteria for excellence.
Objectives: The objectives of the Task Force are to use focus groups or other sound research techniques for broad soliciting feedback and existing systems in other professions in order to:
Timeline: The Task Force is expected to meet the following timeline:
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore the processes, systems, and resources needed for ACAPT to establish a peer-based, multi-faceted recognition system similar to the ASPIRE model capable of evaluating applications from academic programs seeking recognition of excellence in a wide range of attributes and to honor those selected. Ideally, the system would also include a process for programs to self-evaluate against established criteria in order to facilitate excellence.
Objectives: The objectives of the Task Force are to use focus groups for broad feedback and the experiences of other professions in order to:
In many universities, faculty qualifications often specify something like the following: “A PhD or equivalent, or the terminal degree in the profession.” This allows physicians to be faculty in medical schools, lawyers to be faculty in law schools, etc. Just as the initial entry degree in these professions is not sufficient to support success in the academy, neither is the DPT. However, fellowships after the entry level degree are a common route for medicine, and MD trained faculty with this type of fellowship training are just as successful in research, including NIH funding, as those trained with the MD/PhD. Recent conversations with NIH have indicated an interest in allowing this for DPTs, but the NIH would like to see some evidence that such a mechanism could work for DPT trained physical therapists before approving training grants.
The purpose of this task force is to explore the feasibility of developing a model program for research training of DPT graduates through a postdoctoral fellowship utilizing the NIFTI mechanism of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (F4PTR). The idea would be for ACAPT and other interested parties to fund one or two NIFTI fellowships dedicated to training DPT graduates in a two-year fellowship for research training. The expectation would be for this training to be mentored by successful physical therapy scientists who have experience and success with NIH funded work and in training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to succeed in faculty positions with heavy research demands.
Task force will be chaired by Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD. Members will include the following stakeholders not to exceed 12 total members:
*Additional individuals may be used in an advisory capacity for components of the work
The composition of the Task Force should meet the following criteria:
The Task Force will conduct their work as follows:
: 1 year
*Task Force may be extended to implement recommendations as indicated/requested by Board.
Qualifications of Task Force Members
Task Force Application
Interested individuals should forward a one page summary that describes your qualifications including:
Please also provide a copy of your CV or resume.
Please send notification of interest as above with CV directly to the ACAPT Executive Office at email@example.com by December 15, 2019 to be considered for invitation.
All applications shall be compiled and retained by the Executive Office and shared with those making the selection of the Task Force members.
Selection of Task Force Members
Task force members will be selected by the Chair and approved by the ACAPT Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified by January 10, 2020. Individuals who volunteer for the Task Force but are not selected may be asked to serve in an advisory capacity
throughout the process.
Members of the Task Force will be asked to complete an assignment of copyright to ACAPT before the commencement of the work to be completed as part of the purpose and objectives of this Task Force.
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