Athletic Training Program Director Earns Faculty Fellow Distinction

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently named Castleton’s Athletic Training Program Director Reese Boucher as the VSC Faculty Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. The fellowship award recognizes tenured faculty who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in teaching and learning.

“I am so very honored. I love teaching and I love watching our students grow into professionals, so it feels great to be recognized as an educator,” Boucher said. “Castleton University really is that special place that offers so many opportunities for students.”

Boucher joined the Castleton Athletic Training program faculty in 1997 and has been program director since 2006. She was one of the leaders in creating the Athletic Training 3+2 program, an intensive five-year program that allows students to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree.

“I am particularly proud of our athletic training students that take advantage of the many opportunities to strengthen their resumes as entry-level professionals. Upon graduation, their resumes demonstrate that they not only do the hard work in their courses and extensive clinical rotations, but they also take advantage and demonstrate their involvement in so many other campus opportunities for personal and professional growth," she said. 

In recognition of her accomplishment, Boucher will be asked to present at the VSC Faculty Fellow Celebration. 

“I have not yet decided on my presentation topic for the fall Vermont State Colleges Faculty Fellow Celebration. Possibly a lecture on the value and purpose of accreditation standards for program effectiveness, based on my administrative experience as the Athletic Training Program Director and my role as the faculty chair of the Program Assessment Committee,” she said. “But more likely, I will choose the more riveting topic of Myofascial release.”

Boucher's nomination letter said that she is "a devoted teacher, a skilled administrator, a beloved mentor, and a highly respected leader in the academic community."