USD's PT chair named Fulbright specialist

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The chair of The University of South Dakota’s Department of Physical Therapy will serve as a Fulbright specialist next month in Chile. Lana Svien, PT, Ph.D., has been asked to share her expertise as a curriculum and accreditation consultant at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Chile.

The South American university’s physical therapy department is working toward national accreditation for the first time. Svien’s work will include consulting with administrators, leading seminars and workshops, conducting needs assessments and research, developing educational materials and conducting training. In addition to accreditation, Svien will help improve the school’s curriculum as it prepares to eventually offer a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Her appointed term is January 4-24.

“This appointment speaks highly of the reputation Dr. Svien has earned as a national leader in physical therapy education,” Brian Kaatz, PharmD., dean of the School of Health Sciences said. “We see her expertise every day, and we are honored that she will be able to share her knowledge with another university.”

Svien was selected for the Fulbright Specialists Program by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

She is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world.

A photo of Svien is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Lana_Svien.jpg.