Demi Recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award
LuAnn Demi, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program director at Penn State DuBois, is the recipient of the 2014 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.
The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership benefiting a Penn State undergraduate degree program. Specifically, it recognizes those individuals who have major responsibilities for the delivery of undergraduate education within a unit and who are providing leadership that has transformed or revitalized the undergraduate program in some way.
Since 1999, Demi has coordinated the occupational therapy assistant program at Penn State DuBois, collaborating with faculty throughout the university system to update offerings to meet accreditation standards, industry trends and student needs. Last fall, she helped facilitate the transition to a revised curriculum. “Due to her leadership, commitment to student recruitment, advising and innovative program development, the program is stronger than ever,” one nominator said.
Demi has implemented mandatory service learning activities, recruited community-based clinicians to guest lecture, organized physical agent modality training and splinting workshops for sophomores and consistently offered honors sections of occupational therapy classes each semester. Recently, she and an engineering faculty member organized a research and technology day, during which students presented posters on adaptive equipment they designed in collaboration with engineering students. She also involves students in off-campus projects such as implementing a fall-prevention program at a local retirement community and providing information on adapting an older driver’s vehicle through the CarFit program.
“LuAnn never stops advocating for success of Penn State, the OTA program, her students or the profession of occupational therapy,” a nominator said.