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FAL-WIN 2018

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FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 29 teaching effectiveness, distinct expertise in a subject area, and excellence as a role model for students, faculty and clinicians. And Cleland was nominated by his students. Rachel Kelly-Martin DPT '18, spearheaded the nomination, and wrote in her letter of recommendation, "Josh is an exceptional teacher in every sense of the word. He provides material that is clear, succinct and meaningful. His labs are interactive, productive and fulfilling. He leads by example, while allowing time for natural inquiry and student-led learning." Kelly-Martin, an outdoor educator and yoga instructor before entering the DPT program, said Cleland pushed her to see the connection between teaching and clinical work, opened her to a passion for research as his graduate assistant and convinced her to join him in training for a half Ironman. "He somehow manages to give all his students his undivided attention. I think he sleeps about a minute a night." Eric Gattie DPT '08, is now on the staff at Concord Hospital, and Cleland is on his dissertation committee for his Ph.D. in physical therapy. "Josh cares for every student. He builds a relationship from the first minute. When I graduated from Franklin Pierce, Josh prodded me to apply for a job at Concord Hospital. en it was, 'You should apply for a fellowship.' 'You should get your Ph.D.' 'You can do it.'" Cleland's boundless energy extends to his personal hobbies and friendships. He has climbed every over-4,000-foot peak in New Hampshire with his dad, and is working on all the over-14,000 footers in Colorado with Mintken, who laments, "Nobody else can keep up with him." From his office in Manchester, Cleland looks out on the students who gather in hallways and around tables and vending machines. "I carry all of my past students with me. ey have influenced me so much both professionally and personally over the years. It is easy to be a good teacher when you have great students."

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