Colver receives national award
A 20-year career of service and dedication landed Judi Colver, associate chair in the department of physician assistant studies, this year's Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) "Outstanding New Faculty" award. Only one faculty member is honored nationwide each year.
Colver is a Gulf War veteran with more than 20 years experience in the physician assistant field. She received her training in the U.S. Army, later graduating with her master's degree in medical sciences from St. Francis University. Colver joined the Health Science Center faculty in 1999.
"I have been in physician assistant education for more than 18 years and I have never seen anyone adapt to the education environment as fast as Ms. Colver," said Dr. J. Dennis Blessing, chairman of the department of physician assistant studies. "Above all else, she is here for the students. She is patient with students and listens to their concerns.
Dr. Blessing nominated Colver for this year's award. Colver said she is overwhelmed by the support she has received at the university. "As a new faculty member, it is particularly heartwarming to be recognized by my peers, especially those who are much more experienced," she said.
Colver is the immediate past president of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. She also is a member of the APAP and the Glaxo SmithKline Physician Assistant Advisory Board. She serves on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Physician Assistants, a peer-reviewed journal, and is co-chair of the Allied Health Distance Learning Committee. She also is a member of the Women and Minorities Committee at the UTHSC.