Blakely Alumnus Award


  • Raymond L. Blakely Alumnus Award  
     for Leadership and Commitment to the Physical Therapy Profession 

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    Description of the Award 

    This award is given in honor of Raymond L. Blakely PT, PhD.  Dr. Blakely was founding Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He was an integral part of the program and retired in 2016 after 34 years of persistent dedication, commitment and excellence.  The Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Blakely.  It was through his wisdom, guidance, leadership and perseverance that the UMES Physical Therapy Program advanced from a Bachelor of Science program, to a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program, and to its current Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program within a growth span of eighteen years.  The criteria for selection for this award were designed to embody the impact made by Dr. Blakely’s UMES career. 

    Eligibility 

    The nominee must be an alumnus of the UMES Physical Therapy Program. 

    Criteria for Selection

    The alumnus chosen exemplifies or demonstrates the following characteristics of leadership and commitment to the physical therapy profession.  The nominee must have: 

    • Sustained and continuous positive leadership contribution over a period of 10 years or more within the physical therapy profession 
    • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the physical therapy profession 
    • Demonstrated a record of mentoring others and the ability to empower others professionally 
    • Recognition by peers for his/her service and contribution to the physical therapy profession 


     Submission Requirements 

    All documents must be sent to Ms. Alice Smith at amsmith@umes.edu of the Department of Physical Therapy.

    1.  The nominator must submit a letter recommending the alumnus for the award which focuses on the qualities of the nominee in relation to the award criteria. Anecdotes or specific examples are recommended to substantiate the nomination. 
    2. Two letters of support must be submitted from individuals who can specifically address or more of the criteria for selection. 
    3.  The current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee must also be submitted.   

    Selection  

    The recipient will be notified of the award committee's selection.  The award will be presented in the Department of Physical Therapy following the Founder's Day/Graduation Ceremony in September.

    Nomination Deadline

    All nominations and supporting documents must be received by August 15.