Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Degrees earned: PhD, Nova Southeastern University;
DPT, Clarke; MHS (Master of Health Science with Emphasis on Neuromuscular
Rehabilitation), University of Indianapolis; BSPT – Bradley University.
Professional experience: Jennifer has been teaching at Clarke
since 2004. She teaches the Adult Neuromuscular sequence, Cardiopulmonary PT,
and Research courses. She also works at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in
the inpatient and acute rehabilitation areas to maintain her board
certification. She is a neurological certified specialist and writes items for
the NCS board examination. Jennifer is a member of the American Physical
Therapy Association, the Iowa Physical Therapy Association and a member of the
Neurology, Geriatrics, Education and Acute Care Sections of the APTA. She has
published several articles, presented research at the state and national level,
and reviewed textbooks.
Teaching philosophy: My goal is that graduating DPT students
will be well rounded in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
Physical therapists need to be able to critically think and problem solve
quickly. As such, I expect graduates use these skills to be able to accurately
examine patients, complete differential diagnoses, develop problem lists, as
well as create and implement plans of care that are appropriate, yet
challenging, functional and interesting to the patients they serve. In order to
achieve these goals, I believe that students must practice using their skills
in class as well as in the clinic. By
having lab-based courses, the students are able to interact with one another
and learn in a “hands-on” manner to reinforce ideas presented in lecture. I
expect that students are able to integrate information from across the
curriculum into each course because this is the expectation in the clinic. I am
able to relate new concepts in one course to concepts previously learned in
other courses. In the classroom, I aim to have students take an active role in
the learning process, to foster an eagerness for learning, and to create a
successful learning environment.
Clarke’s impact on
Jennifer: I am amazed by the
amount of service students and faculty are involved with on and off campus. My
favorite activity is NeuroEx, where patients with neurological disorders work
with our DPT students as part of our Neuromuscular sequence.
Jennifer’s impact on
students: I have had new
graduates send me messages thanking me for challenging them in the classroom.
They have told me that it was hard work and they didn’t necessarily like it at
the time, but easily transitioned to working with neurological patients and
knew far more than they thought they did. Hearing that former students are
receiving superior reviews from their employers in their first year is also
Movie – Notting Hill
Book – My Stroke of Insight: A Brain
Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
Quote – "Far and away the best prize
that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore
Class in college – Neurological Physical Therapy
Place traveled – Hawaii
Hobby – Attending sporting events, reading,
volunteering through church and school events