1140 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5209
Valerie Strunk, D.P.T., PT is director of clinical education and associate clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her research into contemporary clinical education models recently led to her appointment to a national task force to define excellence in integrated clinical education. Prior to her appointment as faculty at the School of Health & Human Sciences, Strunk held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of St. Catherine in Minneapolis from 2004 to 2006. After graduating from the University of Indianapolis in 1998 with her M.S. in Physical Therapy, Strunk practiced clinically in multiple settings, including acute care, adult and pediatric neuro outpatient, and home health, and continues to practice two days a month in acute care at Eskenazi Hospital. Strunk earned her transitional doctorate from the College of St. Scholastica in 2016. She has received numerous awards, including the 2010 School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2010 INAPTA Emerging Leader Award, the 2016 SHRS Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2017 Anthony D. Certo Award for the Advancement of Physical Therapy. Strunk is a level 1 and 2 credentialed clinical instructor and serves as a trainer for the nationally recognized APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program.
Strunk's research interests involve the scholarship of teaching and learning in physical therapy education. She has received numerous internal grants and has been published in the Journal of PT Education and Physical Therapy. She has provided numerous educational sessions and research presentations nationally at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, the APTA Educational Leadership Conference, and internationally at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Strunk has been active in the state chapter of the APTA, holding past positions as the central district secretary, the INAPTA nominating committee chair, a practice committee member, and currently as a member of the INAPTA ethics committee. She currently serves as the SHHS Diversity Committee Chair, as faculty liaison to the PT student mentoring program, and as co-chair of the department curriculum committee.