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ASU Professor to Join National Evaluating Committee

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Author: James I. Satchell, Student Intern

Release Date: Oct 04, 2017

Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis will join a national committee that evaluates compliance for occupational therapy programs.

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Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis, professor of occupational therapy at Alabama State University, has been invited to join the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE) Committee for the Jan. 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021 term.

RAE members evaluate the compliance of more than 500 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs with ACOTE Accreditation Standards through onsite evaluations and online reviews. Their work provides ACOTE with the necessary information to make accreditation decisions, and helps to ensure the competency of future occupational therapy practitioners.

Davis understands the importance of having standards for those involved in the occupational therapy industry and looks forward to being a part of the process of ensuring that those standards are being met.

“First, I am not a fan of complacency. Therefore, seeking and accepting more opportunities to best serve my profession remains a priority” Davis said. “On January 1, 2018, I will begin serving a three-year term as an accreditation evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. I hope my work inspires others to make their mark in their area of interest.”

Davis also recently received the AOTA Roster of Fellows award on April 1, 2017.

The Roster of Fellows award recognizes occupational therapists who through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and/or guidance have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services and/or members of the Association. 

Davis believes more work is to be done in the areas of healthcare and educational policies and a sense of urgency to get it done is more apparent than ever.

“Receiving the Roster of Fellows Award gives me a sense of great humility and I am blessed to have opportunities to be professionally engaged, as I believe our level of participation in the profession is important for advancing, as well as preserving the profession, especially in this ever-changing, dynamic healthcare environment,” Davis said.

Davis said that working at ASU has been beneficial to her career.

“It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe it is apropos to say that it is a village, my community of ASU colleagues who play a valuable role in the work that I do and have done.”

Davis plans to continue educating students and to leave her mark on the field of healthcare.

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