By Nancy Carlson Steadman, PhD, OTR/L
Just as seasons change, the O.T. dept. is experiencing changes. In June of this year, Dr. Judy Beck Ericksen completed two 3-year terms as O.T. department chairperson and program director.
Dr. Judy Ericksen
Dr. Ericksen’s term as chairperson was characterized by data-informed decision-making processes and a caring servant leadership style. Under her leadership, the faculty unified a vision for a new curriculum. She is an embodiment of her signature tagline: “Blue Jays Always.” In this next phase of her Blue-Jay Adventure, Dr. Ericksen is looking forward to focusing on both teaching and research. She continues her long-standing connection with the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). We are very grateful for her strong leadership and her commitment to this program and the future generations of occupational therapy practitioners.
Dr. Tam Humbert
On that note, we happily announce that Dr. Tam Keiter Humbert assumed the role of department chairperson and program director. Dr. Humbert is known as a clinician, scholar, educator, writer, and world-traveler. She also brings clinical and academic administrative experience with her to this new role. This transition, true to Tam’s signature style, was signaled by a make-over of the chair’s office (see photo below).
Office makeover a la Tam!
Dr. Humbert has been part of the Etown O.T. department for many years, first as an adjunct instructor, and since 2007 as an associate professor. One of her first high-impact tasks will be to shepherd the implementation of a revised curriculum. In addition, she plans to pursue her writing and other scholarly activities. We very much appreciate Dr. Humbert’s willingness to step into this role, and we look forward to working with her!
Feel free to comment below with favorite memories and notes and appreciation for Dr. Ericksen, and/or words of encouragement and congratulations to Dr. Humbert!