Dr. Carrie Jo Scheel, Chair and Program Director of Concordia's Occupational Therapy Department, is this year's recipient of the Ronald L. Berg Faculty Laureate Award, voted upon by all full-time faculty.

Scheel, who received the Faculty Laureate Award during graduate commencement exercises, has been a member of the Occupational Therapy Department since its inception in the mid 1990’s, and has made significant contributions to the department’s original mission and vision statements.  She has subsequently played a key role in the creation of the blended, transitional, and doctoral programs.

On June 1, 2017, Scheel was named chair of the Occupational Therapy Department, and is responsible in part for the maintenance of accreditation standards, ongoing program evaluation and the recruitment of new faculty, in addition to creating and teaching numerous courses.

She has served on numerous committees in the occupational therapy department, within the School of Health Professions, and the entire university, including a Cross-Disciplinary Degree Task Force with the schools of education, business, nursing and health professions.

Scheel is well-known and well-respected in the community as a leader in the field of ergonomics, having presented numerous times at the Wisconsin Applied Ergonomics Conference, as well as the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy State Conference.  A four-time recipient of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Award of Appreciation, she is also a co-owner of ErgoWISE Solutions, LLC, which provides ergonomic and work injury consultation in industrial, service and office settings.  For two consecutive years, Concordia students participated in the Auburn Engineers Student Ergo Design Competition under Scheel’s leadership.

Scheel has been a full-time member of the Occupational Therapy Department since its inception in the mid 1990's, and made significant contributions to the department's original mission and vision statements.

A lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, she earned her doctorate in Leadership for the advancement of learning and service from Cardinal Stritch University.

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