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Stuart Binder-Macleod named 2019 Alison Award winner

by | October 3, 2019

Stuart Binder-Macleod

ABOVE: During his 31 years at the University of Delaware, Prof. Stuart Binder-Macleod helped make UD’s physical therapy program among the best in the nation. | Photo by Ashley Barnas

Physical therapy professor receives UD’s highest faculty honor

Stuart Binder-Macleod, the Edward L. Ratledge Professor of Physical Therapy and associate vice president for clinical and translational research, has received the 2019 Francis Alison Faculty Award, the University of Delaware’s highest competitive faculty honor.

During his 31-year career at UD, Binder-Macleod has advanced the fields of physical therapy and rehabilitation science nationally and internationally by pushing for increased scientific rigor and research to guide clinical practice.

The annual award recognizes faculty who best exemplify the qualities of ‘scholar-schoolmaster’ embodied by the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison, the founder of the school that eventually became UD. Established by the University’s Board of Trustees in 1978, the honor includes a $10,000 prize, and all recipients are inducted into the Alison Society, which promotes academic excellence on campus.

At UD, Binder-Macleod’s efforts as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 1998 to 2014 not only grew the number faculty hires and expanded research opportunities in the program, they paved the way for the Department of Physical Therapy to receive the No. 1 ranking in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. In addition, Binder-Macleod has served as principal investigator for 10 research grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the Delaware CTR ACCEL program, which has brought in more than $40 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and $10 million from the state of Delaware while also deepening the state’s framework of translational healthcare.

All the while, Binder-Macleod has maintained a strong commitment to supporting the next generation of physical therapy faculty, including the mentoring of 13 doctoral students who have gone on to professorships around the country and internationally.

“Stuart adds so much to the culture of excellence in our college and to our education programs,” College of Health Sciences Dean Kathleen S. Matt wrote in nominating Binder-Macleod. “He has demonstrated repeatedly that his mentorship produces highly motivated and capable scientists and he has led the development of the UD Physical Therapy Department into a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence.”

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