December 5, 2012 – Knoxville, Tennessee — An international organization has awarded its sole educational honor to a fourth-year student at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL).
The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) named Dr. Patrick L. Dun Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator for 2012 at its annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last month. IARP represents more than 2,400 professionals in disability management, case management, managed care, forensics and expert testimony and life care planning.
Dunn, a tenured associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the first recipient of the award since 2008.
He is a founder and co-chair of the Academy of Forensic Rehabilitation Research, created to promote research of law related to disability and rehabilitation. Dunn is editor of The Rehabilitation Professional, IARP’s peer-reviewed journal and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. He has authored nearly 50 scholarly manuscripts and national presentations.
Dr. Timothy F. Field, who formerly headed University of Georgia’s rehabilitation counseling program, said he nominated Dunn based on “significant contributions” to the field. “Pat’s record as a contributing and active member of both public and private (forensic) rehabilitation is strong and unequivocal,” Field said
Nominator Angela M. Heitzman described Dunn as “a fantastic educator, passionate about the field of rehabilitation, both public and private.” The AFRR Chairwoman noted his “efforts extend teaching beyond the classroom into conferences, research, training, and publications about the field of rehabilitation…”
Dunn is “a visionary, particularly related to education of the next generation,” wrote Dr. T. Scott Smith of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. “Beyond the duties of a researcher, Pat has also made significant contributions ‘where the pavement hits the road’ or in the direct education of today’s and tomorrow’s rehabilitation counselors,” Smith stated in his letter of nomination.
Dunn initiated and developed UTK’s rehabilitation counseling distance education program, resulting in a dramatic increase in program enrollment. His teaching experience includes service as an associate professor (tenured) at University of Alabama and as an assistant professor at New York’s Syracuse University.
Dunn earned a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in rehabilitation services from the Ohio State University. He completed a Master’s degree in vocational evaluation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in counseling and rehabilitation from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He is on track to graduate as a member of the LMU-DSOL inaugural class in May.
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