Provost and Professor of Physical Therapy
On August 1, 2014, Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD was appointed Rosalind Franklin University’s first Provost. In this role, Dr. Rheault advises the President concerning University-wide issues that are central to the academic mission and vision of the University and she works closely with the President, Deans and Vice Presidents in developing academic priorities, providing strategic direction and ensuring academic accountability for the University.
Dr. Rheault has been with the University for over 32 years in various roles. She was Chair of the Physical Therapy program for 10 year and in that role led several successful accreditation visits. Dr. Rheault served as Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions (CHP) for 10 years and worked with the Dean of the College to develop the MS in Physician Assistant Studies, the MS in Pathologists’ Assistant Studies and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In 2003, Dr. Rheault was appointed Dean of CHP and she served in this role until her appointment as Provost. Under her leadership, CHP doubled in size and all programs were successful in their respective accreditation visits with many of the programs receiving no citations. In addition, while she was Dean, the following programs were added to CHP: MS in Nurse Anesthesia, MS in Clinical Counseling, MS in Health Professions Education, MS in Women’s Health, MS in Health Promotion, Prevention and Wellness, PhD in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies and the DSc in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies. Dr. Rheault was appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2008 and in that role led the development of the Alliance of Health Sciences with DePaul and the University’s interprofessional initiative. Her esteem in the interprofessional community was realized when she was named a Visiting Professor at Mayo.
Dr. Rheault received her physical therapy degree from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario Canada in 1978. In 1981, she received the MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Chicago and in 1989, she was subsequently awarded a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis, also from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Rheault has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented at national and international meetings. Her area of scholarship is the psychometric analysis of clinical and educational measurement instruments using Rasch Analysis. Dr. Rheault is committed to service to our community and serves as a Board member for the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County. Dr. Rheault was invited to serve on two national Institute of Medicine committees and is a Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). She is currently the President of the Midwest Deans of ASAHP.
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