Andrew J. Butler, PhD, MBA, MPT, FAHA, FASAHP
Dean & Professor (start date: July 1, 2019)
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1716 9th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Background and Aspirations
I have been involved with ASAHP since 2013. I was a member of the ASAHP Leadership Development Class of 2013. My career has been positively impacted by the experience. I was part of the organizational and mentorship team for the Leadership Development Program (LDP) class of 2016 and 2018. The experience was immensely rewarding, as I met a number of future allied health leaders. I’ve attended the ASAHP annual meetings since 2013. I was the driving force behind Georgia State University and the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions becoming an Institution member again after more than a 10-year hiatus. The Lewis College and GSU has been a sponsor of the ASAHP annual meetings since 2013. GSU is proud to continue our sponsorship with ASAHP. I have been a member of the ASAHP Advocacy committee since 2013 and ASAHP IPE committee since 2018. I have been a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee since 2015, serving as chair from 2018-2019. I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alpha Eta Society from 2016-2018 and assumed the role of Treasurer in 2018. In my role as Associate Dean of the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at GSU I will continue to advocate for new membership in ASAHP. I believe ASAHP has unique opportunities that individual Allied Health Professional organizations do not (ie. APTA, AOTA, etc.). ASAHP can become a leader in advocating for all Allied Health Professions. I also believe ASAP can become leaders in promoting Inter-Professional Education. As chair of the Nominations & Elections committee I have led the ongoing review of by-laws/policy and procedures, created a guideline for the committee, created a timeline for the committee to do its work, established talking points for recruitment for open positions, worked with Jacoby on updating the application form (included dates, link to form on website), discussed recruitment strategies, advertised/promoted for open positions, discussed ways to utilize the ASAHP webpage to promote open positions, initiated calls to members encouraging them to apply for open positions, and brought miscellaneous items foreword to the BOD from the nomination & elections committee.
I helped recruit a keynote speaker to the 2018 ASAHP meeting in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Tim Renick from GSU gave an outstanding presentation on initiatives to increase student success. Along with Tony Breitbach and Mitch Cordova, in 2018 I was elected as an ASAHP fellow; and honor that I treasure.
Why do I want to be a member of the Board of Directors of ASAHP? I wish to make an impact on Allied Health Professions. President Hanrahan and the current Board of Directors have accomplished a great deal in terms of IPE and involvement of clinical partners (ie. Kindred/Rehabcare, Cleveland Clinic, etc.). I want to work with President-elect Phyllis King and the Board of Directors to create new innovative initiatives. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on the Leadership Development Program Committee to develop more programming. We’ve spoken about mini-leadership experiences or podcast with leaders. For example, maybe ASAHP could initiate a podcast, “Conversations from the Corner Office”. Where a member of the Board of Directors (or anyone) has a conversation with a leader to bring you inside the room with a leader who is transforming: education, our culture, our economy, our daily lives, etc. This could be conversations with anyone who is a leader. I would welcome the opportunity to be the Board liaison for the Nomination and Elections committee. I have a great deal of experience with Alpha Eta and wish to help build bridges between the two organizations. I wish to become more involved in the ASAHP student assembly. These are just a few ideas. It would be my honor to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of ASAHP. Thank you for your consideration.
Activity I: ASAHP Leadership Development Class of 2013.
Activity II: Organizing/Team member. ASAHP Leadership Development class 2016 and 2018.
Activity III: ASAHP advocacy committee since 2013. ASAHP IPE committee since 2018.
Activity IV: ASAHP Nominations and Elections committee since 2015. Chair 2018 and 2019.
Activity V: The Alpha Eta Society. The national scholastic honor society for allied health professions. Board of Directors. 2016-2018. Treasurer. 2018-present
Experience I: Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University. 2012-2018.
Experience II: Associate Dean of Research, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University. 2012-pres
Experience III: Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University, 2015-2016
Experience IV: Full professor with tenure, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University. 2012-pres
Experience V: Georgia State University Service: Graduate School Development Committee, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Neuroscience Institute bylaws committee, Data Access, Governance, and Security (DAGS) Committee, Next Generation Scholars Grant Review Committee, University Senate Chair Budget committee, University Senate Major Repairs and Renovations committee (MRRF).