Message From Michael Brogan, DPT, PhD
As Vice President for Academic Affairs, I am privileged to be a part of the academic community at Daemen College, where we share our passions and achievements with our students, colleagues, and the larger community. With their diverse interests and talents, Daemen faculty foster a climate that advances and sustains research, as well as other scholarly and creative activities. In these pages, we recognize their significant contributions to their disciplines.
Dr. Greg Ford, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Department Chair, was named Outstanding Faculty Member at President Olson’s State of the College Address in March 2017. Ford, who joined Daemen in 1999, has teaching expertise in orthopaedic physical therapy and biomechanics/ kinesiology. In 2007, he was recognized by the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association with the James Gould Excellence in Teaching Physical Therapy Award. This honor recognizes and supports yearly one faculty member nationally for excellence in instructing orthopaedic PT through the acknowledgment of an individual with exemplary teaching skills. Additionally in 2007, Ford was invited faculty to the University of Beijing School of Chinese Medicine, where he taught orthopaedic PT to medical students.
Dr. Ford has been serving as PT Department Director/Chair since 2011. During his tenure as chair, the program successfully completed a substantive change to increase PT student enrollment, enhanced its lecture and laboratory spaces (in both the Academic & Wellness Center and Schenck Hall), and recently the program completed its ten-year self-study and re-accreditation process. Additional contributions to the College include serving on the Faculty Senate Committee, Educational Policy Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the StEP (Student Excellence & Persistence) StEP Task Force, among others. Most recently, Ford has been named as an On-Site Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
He earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, and a PhD in Science Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
On May 31, 2017, Dr. Schenk completed his service as Health and Human Services Divisional Dean, having served for two consecutive three-year terms. Schenk was recognized by Dr. Michael Brogan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, for his leadership, collegiality, and inter-divisional collaboration. As an advocate for faculty and students, Dr. Schenk worked relentlessly on new program development and on stabilizing curricula. During his tenure as Dean, he was actively involved in Title III initiatives, the Diversity survey, and planning for the Academic and Wellness Center, which opened in 2016. He also played a key role in the development of the Dietetic Internship, Executive Leadership and Change certificate program, Master of Public Health, Masters in Social Work and EdD programs, as well as the Health Care Strategic Alliance.
Ron Schenk is a graduate of the Ithaca College program in Physical Therapy, where he also earned a MS in Sports medicine. He earned his PhD at the University of Buffalo and is Board Certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and Fellowship Trained in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Having joined Daemen in 2004, Schenk was promoted to full professor in 2016, and currently serves as Director of the MS/Fellowship program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at Daemen College.
Dr. Schenk has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences. In 2006, he developed and received American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) accreditation for the Fellowship Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT). The Fellowship program was later recognized by the New York State Education Department as a Masters of Science program in OMPT. As Chair of the McKenzie Institute, USA (2013-present), Dr. Schenk developed the McKenzie APTA accredited residency and fellowship programs, with both offering courses available to Daemen DPT and OMPT students as post-professional educational opportunities. Dr. Schenk is in clinical practice with the Catholic Health System of Buffalo, NY.
In 2017, the Faculty of the Health & Human Services Division elected Elizabeth Wright Divisional Dean; her three-year term began on June 1, 2017. A tenured associate professor, Elizabeth Wright joined Daemen College’s Education Department faculty in 2006. She served as Executive Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs from 2006 to 2012 and Associate Dean for the Education Department from 2012 to 2017. She has successfully led the Department through both state (RATE) and national accreditation (TEAC/CAEP).
Dean Wright teaches Special Education Laws and Trends to Education Department graduate students and has historically taught the graduate Special Education Research Seminar. She presents regularly at national and regional conferences and has worked on international education projects with the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland through funding provided by the Earle I. Mack Foundation.
Ms. Wright earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work from the University of Buffalo, and her undergraduate degree in Literature and Rhetoric and Political Science (dual major) at SUNY Binghamton, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to coming to Daemen, Ms. Wright, then a Partner at Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP, practiced law in the areas of education law, special education law, and estate planning for families with children who have special needs. She is admitted to practice law in both New York State and Federal District Court.