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Or, A Touch and Go Landing at the U

Within the last year both Dr. Barbara Brandt of the University of Minnesota and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation were thrilled by snagging Dr. Charles Christiansen for a position at their respective institutions. Hopefully at least one of them remains thrilled in the next couple of years.

From the U's website:

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (Sept. 5, 2006) -- Charles Christiansen, Ed.D., will lead the Center for Allied Health Programs at the University of Minnesota beginning December 2006.

“The key to building an effective 21st century health care system is having a well-trained, team-oriented and patient-oriented workforce,? said Christiansen. “I am thrilled to return to the heartland to work at the University of Minnesota to lead a new center dedicated to this objective. The Board of Regents, President Bruininks, and the Academic Health Center leadership have shown great vision and wisdom in creating it.?

“Minnesota is fortunate to have attracted Dr. Christiansen to this effort. He will be instrumental in shaping the future direction of this center in its role as a statewide resource in the allied health sciences,? said Barbara Brandt, Ph.D., assistant vice president for education at the Academic Health Center.

From the AOTF website:

American Occupational Therapy Foundation Names Charles Christiansen, EdD, OTR/L, New Executive Director

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) has selected esteemed occupational therapy scholar Charles H. Christiansen, Ed D. to serve as its new executive director succeeding Martha Kirkland who retired from the position after 23 years of service.

He has most recently served as Vice Provost for Health Sciences and Founding Director, Center for Allied Health Programs at the University of Minnesota.

The AOTF Board and staff are thrilled that Charles Christiansen will be serving as our new executive director said AOTF President Ruth Ann Watkins. Dr. Christiansen understands and personifies our organizational vision and mission.

As an educator, researcher and practitioner, I know the value of the AOTF to the profession said Charles Christiansen. My vision builds upon scientific inquiry and social justice- the two main pillars that support the Foundation today. In addition to continuing to build upon the bold vision of the Board, it will be my mission to help the individual practitioner understand just how important the work of the Foundation is in their daily lives.

Dr. Christiansen will assume his new position March 17, 2008.

By the way, this short tenure does not set a record, since Dr. Christiansen will have been here for about fifteen months. Fred Silver occupied the Bakken chair for only a year. Likely, there are even shorter stays, unknown to Bonzo. Although the U advertises incoming faculty, they don't like to do this for those who have left.

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