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Owens Community College Adjunct Professor Receives Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Award

Dr. Pam Bensman Owens Community College Adjunct Faculty Professor, Dr. Pam Bensman, has been chosen by the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) to receive the prestigious Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award for her exemplary contributions and dedication to the teaching profession. Dr. Bensman was recently honored during the annual OATYC conference held at Lorain County Community College.

"Dr. Bensman is an exceptional faculty member," said Dr. Paul V. Unger, Provost for Owens Community College, who nominated Dr. Bensman for this prestigious honor. "Her contributions to Owens Community College and the health care community are invaluable. Through education and example, Dr. Bensman has shown a dedication to helping each student achieve success within the classroom and beyond."

Provost Unger added, "With a sense of humor and an open classroom atmosphere, Dr. Bensman not only teaches students about health, she also instills the importance of professionalism and becoming a contributing member of society."

The OATYC Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award honors an adjunct faculty member from a two-year college who exemplifies teaching excellence in higher education as recognized by students, peers and administrators.

Selection criteria for the OATYC Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award is based upon innovative approaches to teaching, curriculum development, institutional service, professional development and commitment to the community.

The OATYC was founded to promote student learning through higher education at state-assisted, two-year campuses within Ohio. The organization's membership consists of full-time and part-time faculty, administrators and staff of higher educational institutions offering two-year college curricula, which leads to an associate degree as approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Bensman joined the College's faculty in 1995 as Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the Health Technologies Division. During her tenure as Chair, Bensman was instrumental in the enhancement of the didactic and clinical components of the curriculum. She also was responsible for the College obtaining a cadaver laboratory for students to utilize within anatomy and kinesiology classes.

While she left that position in 1998, her commitment to the Health Technologies Division and the College has never wavered. For the past four years Bensman has served as an Adjunct Professor in the College's Health Technologies Division. She currently is responsible for teaching Medical Ethics to all Owens Allied Health students. Bensman also teaches three of the Health and Physical Education classes, which she designed and implemented.

In addition to her instructional responsibilities, Bensman serves as a consultant to the College's Student Life staff regarding the purchase of equipment and safety issues within the Student Health and Activities Center.

Her professional involvement includes membership in the Northwest Ohio Physical Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association and American College of Sports Medicine. Active in the community, she serves as a teacher's aid for St. Joan of Arc's Parish Religious Education Program and volunteers her time coaching soccer, basketball and T-ball for the YMCA's youth sports program.

An advocate of promoting health awareness, Bensman initiated a "Minutes to Fitness" aerobic contest for the College's Health Technologies Division faculty and staff, and coordinates many community events for children and adults intended to enhance their physical health and fitness.

Bensman's accomplishments include receiving the Owens' Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding dedication and service to the College. In 2002, she was recognized and honored by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association for contributions to physical therapy research.

In 2000, Bensman earned her doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Toledo. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Toledo and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Ohio State University. A resident of Maumee, she also holds certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

(Posted 11/1/02)

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