Dean Francis-Connolly Receives Award for Contributions to Occupational Therapy

Started in 1965, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) mission is to advance the science of occupational therapy to support people’s full participation in meaningful life activities. Since 1984 the Foundation has sought to recognize Trustees who have made sustained and exemplary contributions in support of the Foundation’s mission. AOTA & AOTF Awards and Recognitions Ceremony on Monday, April 26 will include an award for Elizabeth (Betsy) Francis-Connolly, Ph.D., Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science at the University of Saint Joseph.

Scott Campbell, CEO AOTF, noted, “Dr. Francis-Connolly served with distinction as a Trustee for the AOTF Board from 2016-2019.  During that time she also served as Vice-Chair for the Foundation, a member of the Development Council, and as Chair of the Volunteer Development & Nomination Committee (VD&N).  Her efforts on the VD&N helped develop our current process for identifying, vetting, and nominating future Board members.  She is being recognized for all of her many contributions to the AOTF.” 

In addition to dedicating time to faculty and students, Dean Francis-Connolly believes in giving back to the profession and networking with colleagues:

As a member of the AOTF Board of Trustees, I was able to develop processes for attracting a diverse pool of new Trustees and contributed to the new strategic plan. I’m humbled to be honored for my contributions and want to recognize that many faculty members at USJ are also active in professional organizations as servant leaders. This allows us to sustain our knowledge and grow professional networks that we can tap into for our high-achieving students.

-Elizabeth (Betsy) Francis-Connolly, Ph.D.

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