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John Leard Receives ENHP's First 'Excellence Through Relevance' Faculty Teaching Award

Posted 02/21/2017
Category: Accolades

John Leard, assistant professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford, received the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions’ inaugural excellence through relevance Faculty Teaching Award at the 2016 ENHP Day.

ENHP Day is the college’s annual celebration of research, scholarship and partnership held each April. The day-long event provides students and faculty a platform to share ideas and recognize each other’s accomplishments. Save the date for the 2017 celebration to be held April 26.

ENHP Board of Visitors member and award sponsor Barbara Beaudin presented the award. She noted that Leard’s hands-on mentorship of students stands out as well as his student-centered courses grounded in current research.

“Leard emphasizes the scientific method, clinical decision making, and deductive reasoning using a variety of engaging teaching approaches in his classes including audience response devices (clickers), to encourage active learning,” said Beaudin.

He also provides real-life contemporary case studies to provide students with authentic clinical problems to solve. Colleagues noted he is the go-to person in the department for teaching excellence.

In accepting the award, Leard compared the student-teacher relationship to that of a family relationship. When achieving this level of relationship as a teacher “the relationship is built on trust and a feeling that I am not giving up on you, I will enable you to succeed,” Leard said. This style allows an instructor to set high standards and support active learning. Leard encouraged his peers to strive for this level of teaching.

Leard's clinical expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of sports medicine and musculoskeletal patients. He teaches Examination and Intervention of Musculoskeletal Pathologies as well as the Scientific Inquiry series to graduate students in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy curriculum. He also teaches pre-physical therapy courses in the undergraduate program to prepare students for their professional careers in physical therapy.

In 2016, the college recognized one faculty member’s research contributions. In 2017, the college will recognize one faculty member’s dedication to service. The inaugural excellence through relevance Faculty Service Award will be presented at ENHP Day. To learn more about this college event visit