Plymouth, N.H.—Dr. Julie Bernier received the 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Master of Education degree program at Plymouth State College at the faculty meeting on Wednesday, May 7. She will also receive a plaque at the graduate commencement ceremony on May 10. Bernier is associate professor of health and physical education at Plymouth State as well as associate vice president of undergraduate studies for the College.
“I’m honored that my students and colleagues would nominate me from among all the deserving people who are here,” says Bernier. She is full of praise for her students, saying, “They energize and challenge me. It’s been very satisfying to work with them.”
For Plymouth State’s M.Ed. program, Bernier has taught courses in orthopaedic assessment, therapeutic modalities and a seminar in current topics in athletic training. She also co-teaches courses in research design and statistics with Assistant Professor Irene Cucina.
The citation presented to Bernier notes her vision and foresight in developing an athletic training program at the master’s level, including a track for those interested in going on for a doctorate; her excellent teaching which “engages her students with as many alternative teaching styles as there are learning styles”; her encouragement of thoughtful and meaningful conversation with students; and her promotion of individual student research.
A field hockey and softball player at Nashua High School and Keene State College, Bernier says the field of athletic training allows her to stay involved in athletics, but also appeals to her nurturing side. Bernier received her B.S. in physical education sports medicine and M.Ed. in physical education curriculum and instruction from Keene, and her Ed.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She joined Plymouth State’s department of health, physical education and recreation in 1988, and served as director of the graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs and spent two years as department chair before being promoted to her current position.