Student Leadership Academy

What is the WVPTA Student Leadership Academy?

The Student Leadership Academy occurs on an annual basis. The WVPTA Board of Directors has committed to developing and supporting a process by which physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students can receive advanced leadership training that applies directly to service and leadership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Emphasis is placed on State Chapter engagement; however, graduates will learn generic leadership skills that can be transferred to other endeavors. Graduates of the Leadership Academy will be prepared for an active role in APTA positions before or after graduation.

Why?

Employers are looking for leaders. Those who seek opportunities for professional development have a competitive edge. Leadership training also has applications beyond Physical Therapy.

The SLA will add value to the DPT or PTA degree and demonstrate to employers that the graduates of the academy have unique knowledge and skills. Leadership training will fast-track individuals and provide an opportunity for networking with leaders in the physical therapy profession.

Benefits

Selected students will attend a FREE day and a half leadership academy that will help to prepare them for a leadership role in the APTA. Attendees of the SLA will receive three meals (Breakfast x 2, and lunch x 1). The WVPTA will reimburse Academy members for lodging up to ($90) per student. All students who complete the academy will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility

ANY student who is enrolled in a DPT or PTA program in West Virginia and who is a member of the WVPTA is eligible to apply for the Student Leadership Academy (SLA). The Academy is limited to 18 students per year based on a competitive application process.

Preference will be given to students based on program seniority (e.g., DPT student 3rd year vs. a 1st year or PTA 2nd year student vs. 1st); however, more junior students are encouraged to apply.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee of three (3) WVPTA members who have an affiliation at different institutions to ensure a fair review process. All students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the DPT or PTA program.

All students must provide a resume or CV, and a short letter of reference from a PT or PTA faculty member indicating that the student is in good standing in the program and meets the 3.0 GPA requirement. The applicant must provide a 150-word maximum statement of interest. 

Previous Events

2021

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole, Professor and Director of WVU’s Leadership Studies program

Attendees:

Alexandra Arnoldy

Marshall University

Jamie “Jay” Billiter

West Virginia University

William Lucas

West Virginia University

Serenity Lynch-Bolen

West Virginia University

Steven Murray

West Virginia University

Jessica Welch

West Virginia University

Jarrod Plank

Marshall University

Kaitlin Stiltner

Mountwest

2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bobbi Nicholson, Professor of Leadership Studies at Marshall University

 Attendees:

Whitley Adkins

Marshall University

Isabella Anile

West Virginia University

Lauren Cline

West Virginia University

Ian Dobek

Marshall University

Kelsie Gillespie

West Virginia University

Emma Grose

West Virginia University

Summer Hill

Marshall University

Amanda King

Wheeling University

Andrew Lively

Marshall University

Rachael Mears

West Virginia University

Winston O’Neal

Wheeling University

Chloe Parsemain

Marshall University

Cole Salmons

West Virginia University

Aaron Saunders

West Virginia University

Donald Smith

Marshall University

Jared Tucker

Marshall University

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