Hacke Receives Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

Division of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Jon Hacke, PT, MA, OCS, has received the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction from UNC Chapel Hill. Established by the University in 1995 to acknowledge the important role of graduate-level teaching, this prestigious award includes a cash stipend and framed citation.

Hacke Receives Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction click to enlarge Jon Hacke instructs UNC physical therapy students.

Recipients of the 2012 award were recognized during a half-time ceremony at the UNC-Virginia men’s basketball game on February 11, and were honored at an awards banquet in April.

Current UNC physical therapy students were not surprised to hear that Hacke had been recognized for his exceptional teaching and mentoring.

“In every way, Jon Hacke represents all that is good with the education system,” said third-year DPT student Mary Murray.  “He not only leads by example, but goes above and beyond by taking on additional duties, spending extra hours for individual tutoring, providing exceptional clinical services to patients, and sacrificing evenings to provide hands-on learning experiences at SHAC.  Jon is approachable, caring, and seeks to improve his students weaknesses while maximizing their individual strengths.  He is an excellent example of professionalism that we can all strive for.  Not only does Jon inspire me to be a better clinician, he inspires me to be a better person.”

Hacke has over 31 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics. He earned his BS in physical education from the University of Montana, Missoula, in 1976 and his BS in physical therapy and MA in physical education with national certification in athletic training from UNC Chapel Hill in 1980.

Hacke joined the UNC Physical Therapy faculty in 1995 and teaches courses in physical therapy modalities, manual therapy, and orthopedic rehabilitation. His research interests include rehabilitation of the sacro-iliac, lumbar/cervical spine regions as well as sports injuries, particularly injuries of the knee and shoulder.