Profile - Emily Kuhn

Emily Kuhn

Instructor Profile

Meet Emily Kuhn
Instructor of PTA

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of North Dakota; Master of Physical Therapy (MPT), University of North Dakota

Question and Answer

  • Question

    What is your approach to teaching?


    I believe that teaching should be active and fun, and a classroom should be a place where students are provided the tools necessary for success. Teaching should excite the learner to want to continue to learn and to apply their knowledge in their lives and careers. I feel that teachers and students should be partners in the learning that takes place.

  • Question

    How would you describe what happens during one of your most successful classes?


    My most successful classes are those that I actually do very little in. A good class for me is one where the students are actively engaged, have great discussions, and ask me questions that demonstrate critical thinking. These are the classes I walk out of wishing we had more time!

  • Question

    What makes your curriculum interesting or valuable to students?


    Most of the classes I teach directly relate to patient care, which is what students will likely be doing when they graduate from the PTA program. Students enjoy the hands-on learning, especially when they can actually practice the skills they will be using as physical therapist assistants.

  • Question

    What are some ways that you help students succeed when they need extra help?


    I try to help students understand that there are many different learning styles, and we brainstorm what their preferred learning style or styles may be. I then try to give my students the freedom to self-initiate their learning through assignments or lab activities that they can tailor to that particular learning style.

Fun Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    My family loves to go camping, hiking, swimming...basically anything that gets us outside. We love exploring state parks and have been to almost all of them.

  • Fun Fact #2

    My kids talked me into starting karate with them. I told them I would try it for a month. I liked it more than I thought I would, and seven months later, I promised them I would keep going and work towards getting my black belt with them.

  • Fun Fact #3

    I have worked in home care for the last 10 years as a physical therapist, and I love it. I continue to work per diem because I would miss my patients too much if I didn't.

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