Professor Margie King answers the question:
I have always found it interesting as to what influences people when they make their choices regarding…..just about anything. And so, as our prospective students are working hard to make a choice to pursue the profession of physical therapy within an academic program that best support their goals, it needs to be a “good fit”, for not only the student but also the academic program, the faculty and the institution. The hard part, as with any decision, is to have the patience to dig deep, find that “place” where one can quietly find your sense of what that best fit may be.
The question then becomes…..why did I choose to be a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at Plymouth State University? I have been at Plymouth State since 2003. My job title has been Director of Graduate Athletic Training Education. I have been involved in the profession of Athletic Training since 1976, when I was a student at the University of New Hampshire. There isn’t much that I haven’t experienced within athletic training. I have worked in more than one collegiate setting; I have been a head athletic trainer, a graduate assistant, and an educator. I have held several leadership roles from serving on the Executive Boards in the state of Massachusetts and New Hampshire; served as the first female president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association; served on the national level as the chair of the Women in Athletic Training and for the Journal of Athletic Training. So why would I even consider being a part of the physical therapy program at Plymouth State University? Why wouldn’t I just continue on in an administrator’s position in the athletic training graduate program?
Well, there are several reasons. First, I miss being in the classroom and find I would prefer to primarily teach and am happy to “give up” my administrative duties as Athletic Training Program Director. I have been more than impressed with the chair of the Physical Therapy Department at Plymouth State University, Dr Sean Collins. Dr. Collins and myself had several conversations regarding the potential for the physical therapy program; the potential for the two allied health programs, athletic training and physical therapy to share learning experiences and exposures allowing for the strengthening of the student experience for both programs; the potential for community outreach programs; the potential to be a part of a “new” degree program and the potential learning and expanding of my skill set as the Plymouth State DPT faculty roll out a visionary, innovative and integrated academic curriculum, under the creative vision of the department chair, Dr. Collins. So in summary…..it is all about potential! Potential is such a powerful option. It means, as long as you are willing to be an active participant, the possibilities and the opportunities could be boundless. And so, as you are considering your academic program options, consider the possibilities and the opportunities at each institution. Choose the one that best fit your goals and your professional vision and know…..that our motto is that “we see further up here” and we invite you to be a part of our vision!