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Alecia Thiele

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
Office: 115A CBH 
Mail Stop: 1712 
Phone: 8179 


Degrees earned: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy; Masters of Science in Education; Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Professional experience: Alecia’s role is to coordinate and manage the clinical education portions of the curriculum. She also spends time in the classroom teaching in the areas of professional development, ethics and educational roles in the profession. She is an APTA member, WPTA member, NATA member, national office holder APTA Education Section, credentialed clinical trainer for the APTA Basic and Advanced Clinical Instructor courses and she continues to practice physical therapy and athletic training in her practice area of sports medicine.

Teaching philosophy: I believe that the ultimate aim of education is to develop individuals who can grow and adapt to change, can value intellectual, practical and theoretical knowledge, can problem solve, can critically think well enough to make their own individual free choices and can ultimately take responsibility for those choices. I believe that the most important thing in education is not just the intellectual knowledge or specific objectives of education. Rather the most important thing in education is that an individual can react to the knowledge and make it his/her own life lesson. I encourage individuals to critically think in order to be able to make informed, knowledgeable, free and independent choices to solve problems and ethical dilemmas. I feel my role as an instructor is to encourage individuals to become knowledgeable, independent, critical thinking, problem solving professionals. I see my role as a facilitator of critical thinking and discussion. Although I set the general direction for my courses and I supply students with a theoretical framework in which to proceed, I challenge them to invest themselves in the process giving of their time and thought to develop further as young professionals.  

Clarke’s impact on Alecia: The faculty, staff and students at Clarke are top notch. I wanted to come to Clarke because Clarke’s community is wonderful and embracing. Being a “part of Clarke” makes you want to strive to be the best you can be. One of the greatest and most humbling experiences at Clarke was being awarded the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.

Alecia’s impact on students: Students should choose a college or university where they feel they can best find what they need to meet their future goals. If they want a caring, supportive, dynamic atmosphere they should choose Clarke. I am here for students to support them, challenge them, and to share their journey.

Alecia’s favorite:

Movie – It’s a Wonderful Life

Book – Any James Patterson thriller

Quote – "What nobler profession than to teach the next generation-to see children hold your understanding in their eyes, your hope in their lives, your world in their hands. In their success you find your own and so to them you give your all." Anonymous

Class in college – Sports Medicine

Place traveled – Any place warm with family and friends

Hobby – Running (I have run in 4 marathons), family activities, cheering on the Badgers (On Wisconsin)!

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