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Walsh Announces New Chair of Health Sciences Division, Dr. Pamela Ritzline

What's New, 2014-08-13

Walsh University has announced the appointment of Pamela Ritzline, PT, Ed.D., as the Chair of the newly created Health Sciences Division. In this new position, Dr. Ritzline, an accomplished professional with 30 years of experience in the fields of physical therapy and higher education, will oversee Walsh’s Health Science programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy and others as developed.

Ritzline joins Walsh from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where she served as director of post-professional programs and taught in the entry-level doctor of physical therapy program and post-professional programs.  She began her career in 1985 as a PT clinician in Houston, Texas, before joining the faculty of the University of Indianapolis in 1995. In 2006, she left Indianapolis to join the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN.  Throughout her academic tenure, she has served in multiple academic roles, including the program director of a physical therapist assistant program, program director of post-professional programs, interim dean, interim associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs and full-time tenured faculty member in an entry-level DPT program. In addition, she completed the Academic Leadership Academy, a year-long educational opportunity for current and aspiring academic leaders, at Penn State University. In 2012, she helped to co-develop, launch and facilitate a specialized workshop series for new PT faculty members titled Physical Therapy: From Clinic to Classroom.

Ritzline also serves professionally as a Commissioner for The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Since 2000, she has served as a team leader for onsite visits and conducted site visits for programs seeking candidacy from CAPTE.  Ritzline is also a member of the Education Section and Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  Additionally, she served on the Educational Awards Committee for APTA and has held the positions of Chapter President and Delegate in Indiana and Chief Delegate in Tennessee.

She earned her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Indianapolis University and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University.

Ritzline, her husband Roger and her mother Vivian will reside in North Canton, OH.