Announcing the Winners of the 2022 PAEA Faculty and Staff Awards

One of the highlights of every Education Forum is recognizing the advocates, teachers, and innovators who are challenging us to consider how we can do things differently in the interest of personal and professional growth. Through their work as administrators, researchers, faculty members, and clinical and program directors, each PAEA Faculty & Staff Award recipient has made a lasting impact on their students and professional community.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2022 PAEA Faculty & Staff Awards possible. Without your nominations and letters of support, PAEA’s volunteer-based Awards & Honors Review Committee would not have had the opportunity to uplift members who contribute so much to our profession.

The following award recipients were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions within PA education at the Awards Ceremony.

Brenda Jasper

Inaugural Brenda Jasper Project Access Award
This year, PAEA established the inaugural Brenda Jasper Project Access Award in honor of Brenda Jasper, PA-C, former APAP Vice President and one of the first black PAs in PA leadership. Working alongside Peggy Valentine, Jasper founded Project Access under the AAPA Minority Affairs Committee in 1987. This award recognizes the winners of PAEA’s annual Student-Led Project Access Competition.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition, Wake Forest University PA Program, who were presented with the inaugural Brenda Jasper Project Access Award.

Administrative Award
Kay Denler, Director of Admissions and Program Systems, University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program

Article of the Year Award
Maximizing Black applicant matriculation in U.S. PA programs: associations between the number of submitted applications and likelihood of matriculation by Trenton Honda, Associate Dean & Clinical Professor, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Clinical Education Award
Elana Min, Director of Clinical Education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine PA Program

Excellence Through Diversity Award
A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences Department of PA Studies, award accepted by Michelle DiBase, Program Director

Leadership Development Award
Stephane VanderMeulen, Department of Health Professions Chair and PA Program Director, Creighton University

Lifetime Achievement Award
James Cawley, Visiting Professor and Scholar-in-Residence, PA Leadership and Learning Academy, the Graduate School, University of Maryland Baltimore

Master Faculty Award
Matthew McQuillan, Chair, Department of PA Studies and Practice, Rutgers University College of Health Professions

New Faculty Award
Carl Frizell, Assistant Professor, PA Sciences Program, Meharry Medical College

Rising Star Award
Carey Barry, Department Chair and Program Director, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences PA Program

Please join us in extending our congratulations to the individuals and programs honored during the 2022 PAEA Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony.