At an event held Nov. 8, UIW officially dedicated the Geneva R. Johnson Library located at the UIW School of Physical Therapy.
The library is named after Geneva Johnson, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, who is a national leader in physical therapy education. Johnson is known for her excellence in patient care, clinical research, clinical specialization, administration, staff development and postgraduate education.
Joining UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese at the dedication were School of Physical Therapy Founding Dean Dr. Caroline Goulet, Chancellor Dr. Denise Doyle, Provost Dr. Kathi Light, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sr. Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI. In addition to UIW faculty, staff and students from the School of Physical Therapy, several close friends and family members of Johnson made the trip to San Antonio from Houston, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana for the dedication.
The School of Physical Therapy is a “tremendous legacy for this university. It has been a pleasure to be associated with this institution. It has been a work of the heart, the head and the hands,” said Johnson in her remarks.
Johnson’s leadership has been acknowledged over the years by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Mary McMillan Lecture Award and Catherine Worthingham Fellow (1985), the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award (1988), the Army Physical Therapy Program Outstanding Alumni Award (1994), and the APTA Pauline Cerasoli Education Award (2008). Most recently her legacy was recognized by the American Council for Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) who established the Geneva Johnson’s Annual Forum on Innovation in Education.
Johnson served as a consultant to UIW for the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and the development of problem-based curriculum. In addition, she provided a gift of archival documents and books for the School of Physical Therapy’s library and established a scholarship for DPT graduates.