Academic coordinators/directors of clinical education (DCEs) serve unique roles in physical therapist education programs with responsibilities that extend beyond those of teaching, service, and scholarship. Traditional faculty evaluation tools frequently fail to capture the diverse leadership, administrative, managerial, and experiential teaching responsibilities of these faculty members. The purpose of this project was to develop a set of assessment surveys for the DCE to use to solicit comprehensive performance feedback.
A comprehensive literature review, analysis of professional documents and existing institutional tools, and feedback solicited from evaluator groups informed the development of the DCE Performance Assessment Surveys (Surveys). Fifty-six accredited physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs self-identified as the sample of convenience to pilot test the Surveys.
The majority of program directors (88%) indicated they would consider using the Surveys. Clinical education faculty (88.6%) and academic faculty (84%) respondents stated they would be willing to complete a Survey for the evaluation of a DCE. A range of 85.0%-93.3% of respondents stated they could adequately evaluate the DCE using the Survey unique to their rater group and reported a range of 13.0-15.9 minutes to complete the Survey.
This project used a systematic process to develop a comprehensive set of Surveys for use in physical therapy academic programs. The Surveys solicit 360-degree performance feedback on the role of the DCE from the program director, DCE, clinical education faculty (clinical instructors, center coordinators of clinical education), academic faculty, and students. Data obtained may be useful to DCEs in professional and program development, workload allocation, promotion and tenure applications, and accreditation reports.
Kathleen Buccieriwas a director of clinical education and associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Ithaca College, Rochester, NY, at the time this article was prepared. She is now a physical therapy manager at The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507 (email@example.com). Please address all correspondence to Kathleen Buccieri.
Jennifer Rodriguezis the director of clinical education and associate professor in the School of Medicine-Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado, Mail Stop C244, 13121 East 17th Avenue, Room 3121, Aurora, CO.
Susan Smithis an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University, 245 North 15th Street, MS 502, Philadelphia, PA.
Robert Robinsonis co-owner and clinical instructor at Craven Physical Therapy and Spine, 2111-k Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC.
Sean Gallivanis an academic coordinator of clinical education at the University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, OH, 45469-2925. At the time of the project, Sean was a center coordinator of clinical education at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH.
Jody Frostis the director of the Academic/Clinical Education Affairs Department at the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA.
Received June 20, 2011, and accepted December 13, 2011.