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Our awards recognize quality and achievement in Occupational Therapy practice and education, together with outstanding efforts made to support the profession. Recipients are announced at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Ceremony, held each year during the Annual Conference. Contact Vice President, Bobby Walsh, MS, OTR/L with questions.


Cumulative list of POTA Award Winners (2000-16)


 All materials for 2017 awards are due by JUNE 30, 2017 Nominate any time before that date.
(submit below)

Results will be announced at the 2017 Annual Conference!


Nominator: Submit nomination and
supporting documentation - CLICK here

Reference: Submit Recommendation Letter for Award Nominee
(each letter writer submits their own letter - CLICK here)

 

 

 

Congratulations to our 2016 winners

Pamela Toto, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCG
Academic Educator Award

Melissa Meyers, PTD, OTR/L
Master Clinician Award

Chester County Intermeditate Unit
Award of Appreciation

E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
President's Award

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OTA Awards

 



Academic Educator Award

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy educator who has consistently provided high quality education to occupational therapy and/or occupational therapy assistant students.
  • To provide an incentive for occupational therapy educators to develop and maintain exemplary teaching skills.

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy practitioner (COTA/L or OTR/L).
  • Current member of POTA, in good standing for a minimum of one year preceding nomination.
  • Current member of AOTA, in good standing.
  • Current or past, full-time, part-time, or adjunct faculty in an occupational therapy and/or occupational therapy assistant program.

Criteria for Selection

  • Nominee must demonstrate commitment to and creativity in teaching that promotes student learning.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes
    • Five years or more experience in occupational therapy and/or occupational therapy assistant education.
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy education and the persons served by the profession.
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a peer faculty member and at least one letter must be from a student of the nominee.

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Award of Appreciation

 

Purpose

  • To recognize an individual or a group of individuals who have provided outstanding contributions to the advancement of occupational therapy.                                                                                   
  • To provide an incentive for an individual or a group of individuals outside of the profession of occupational therapy to contribute to contribute to the development and growth of occupational therapy.


Eligibility

  • The nominee may be an individual or group of individuals.
  • The nominee may or may not be a member of POTA.
  • The award may be used to recognize an allied professional or allied professional group and/or organization that has rendered special assistance to POTA.

Criteria for Selection

The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the advancement of occupational therapy and/or POTA through political support and/or public relations endeavors.

  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes:
  • Professional activities related to occupational therapy and/or POTA.
  • State and local community activities which support or are consistent with the concerns of occupational therapy and/or POTA.
  • Recognition by POTA members for the quality and significance of contributions made, as evidenced by the nominee's letter of support
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Dr. Stephen L. Heater Award of Outstanding Achievement

Purpose

  • To recognize a member of POTA for longstanding, significant contribution to the profession of occupational therapy in the areas of clinical practice, research, education, administration, communication, and/or services to POTA.
    To promote the advancement of occupational therapy as a profession through the efforts of its individual members.

Eligibility

Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy practitioner
(COTA/L or OTR/L).
Current member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of three years preceding nomination.
Current member in good standing of AOTA.

Criteria for Selection

The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the profession of occupational therapy in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, education, administration, communication, or service to POTA.

This contribution shall be recognized as significant in terms of professional theory and/or practice of occupational therapy, and/or the promotion of POTA.

Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (**indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):

        Ten years or more service/experience in the profession.

        Written and oral communication activities. **

        Leadership of and participation in POTA at the state and district levels.

        Leadership of and participation in AOTA at the state and district levels.

        Involvement in organizations and activities related to Occupational Therapy and the persons served by the profession. **

Recognition for quality of contributions, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the nominee professionally. **

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Fieldwork Educator Award

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy fieldwork educator who has consistently provided high quality education to occupational therapy and/or occupational therapy assistant students during their fieldwork experiences.
  • To provide an incentive for occupational therapy fieldwork educators to develop and maintain exemplary teaching skills in clinical practice. 

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy practitioner (COTA/L or OTR/L).
  • Current member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of one year preceding nomination.
  • Current member in good standing of AOTA.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must demonstrate commitment to fieldwork education.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Five years or more experience as a fieldwork educator.
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy fieldwork education and the persons served by the profession.
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a peer and at least one letter must be from a student who has been supervised by the nominee during a fieldwork experience. **

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Master Clinician Award

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy practitioner (COTA/L or OTR/L) who has consistently provided high quality occupational therapy services and who has shared their knowledge and expertise.
  • To provide an incentive for practitioners to develop and sustain advanced practice skills. 

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy practitioner (COTA/L or OTR/L).
  • Current member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of one year preceding nomination.
  • Current member in good standing of AOTA.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must provide services using recognized occupational therapy conceptual practice models and practice strategies, which consistently promote client-centered occupational performance. 
  • The nominee must have participated in clinical research, publications, and/or presentations that foster interest and skill development in advanced forms of practice.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Seven years or more service/experience in the profession as an occupational therapy practitioner. **
    • Education and/or advanced practice recognition beyond entry level.
    • Written and oral communication activities. **
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy and the persons served by the profession.
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the nominee professionally. **

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OT Award of Recognition

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapist whose knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the profession of occupational therapy and/or who has provided outstanding service to POTA.
  • To provide an incentive to contribute to the development and growth of occupational therapy and POTA. 

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapist (OTR/L).
  • Current member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of one year preceding nomination
  • Current member in good standing of AOTA.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must have specialized skills/expertise in clinical practice, research, education, or administration and/or made a significant contribution to POTA.
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the profession of occupational therapy through oral and/or written communication and/or involvement in POTA activities.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Five years or more service/experience in the profession as an occupational therapist.
    • Written and oral communication activities.
    • Leadership of and/or participation in POTA at the state and district levels. **
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy and the persons served by the profession. **
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the nominee professionally. **

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OT Student Award of Recognition

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in academic or clinical performance.
  • To recognize an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated exceptional ability to promote occupational therapy through his/her activities.
  • To provide an incentive for occupational therapy students to contribute to the profession beginning at the student level of professional preparation. 

Eligibility

  • Current student member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of four months preceding nomination.
  • Current student member in good standing of AOTA.
  • Enrolled as a student within an ACOTE approved institution located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The nominee may have completed academic preparation, and be engaged in fieldwork during the current nomination period (May 1st of the previous year to April 30th of the current year).
  • The nominee must intend to pursue employment within the profession of occupational therapy.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution at the student level in the areas of clinical practice, research, public relations, student occupational therapy association, POTA, and/or other related activities.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Written and oral communication activities. **
    • Leadership of and participation in a student occupational therapy organization. **
    • Participation in POTA at the state and district level. **
    • Participation in AOTA at the state and district level.
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy and the persons served by the profession. **
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member and at least one letter must be from a fellow student of the nominee. **

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OTA Award of Recognition

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapist assistant whose knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the profession of occupational therapy and/or who has provided outstanding service to POTA.
  • To provide an incentive to contribute to the development and growth of occupational therapy and POTA. 

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L).
  • Current member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of one year preceding nomination.
  • Current member in good standing of AOTA.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must have specialized skills/expertise in clinical practice, research, education, or administration and/or made a significant contribution to POTA.
  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the profession of occupational therapy through oral and/or written communication and/or involvement in POTA activities.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Five years or more service/experience in the profession as an occupational therapist.
    • Written and oral communication activities.
    • Leadership of and/or participation in POTA at the state and district levels. **
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy and the persons served by the profession. **
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the nominee professionally. **

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OTA Student Award of Recognition

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in academic or clinical performance.
  • To recognize an occupational therapy student who has demonstrated exceptional ability to promote occupational therapy through his/her activities.
  • To provide an incentive for occupational therapy students to contribute to the profession beginning at the student level of professional preparation. 

Eligibility

  • Current student member in good standing of POTA for a minimum of four months preceding nomination.
  • Current student member in good standing of AOTA.
  • Enrolled as a student within an ACOTE approved institution located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The nominee may have completed academic preparation, and be engaged in fieldwork during the current nomination period (May 1st of the previous year to April 30th of the current year).
  • The nominee must intend to pursue employment within the profession of occupational therapy.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution at the student level in the areas of clinical practice, research, public relations, student occupational therapy association, POTA, and/or other related activities.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award includes (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
    • Written and oral communication activities. **
    • Leadership of and participation in a student occupational therapy organization. **
    • Participation in POTA at the state and district level. **
    • Participation in AOTA at the state and district level.
    • Involvement in organizations and activities related to occupational therapy and the persons served by the profession. **
    • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member and at least one letter must be from a fellow student of the nominee. **

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Research Award

Purpose

  • To recognize an occupational therapy practitioner who has made a significant contribution to advancing the science of occupational therapy.
  • To provide an incentive for practitioners to participate in research activities that advance the science of the profession.

Eligibility

  • Must be licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an occupational therapy practitioner (COTA/L or OTR/L).
  • Current member of POTA, in good standing for a minimum of three years preceding nomination.
  • Current member of AOTA, in good standing.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to advancing the science of occupational therapy.
  • The nominee must have participated in clinical research.
  • The nominee must have disseminated the findings of their clinical research through publications in the last 10 years.
  • Qualifying evidence relevant to consideration for the award (** indicates that the criteria is heavily weighted):
      • Three years or more years of research activity to advance the science of occupational therapy. **
      • Education beyond entry level.
      • Record of written and oral communication peer-reviewed activities to disseminate research findings. **
      • Involvement in organizations and clinical and scholarly activities related to research and advancing the science of occupational therapy.
      • Recognition for quality of contributions made, as evidenced by three letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with the nominee in research activities. **
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