Dr. June E. Hanks, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, was recently named one of the five 2018 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award for Faculty/Staff. Honored by her un-selfish efforts to the people of Haiti in 2010 after earthquakes ravaged homes and health care facilities. Dr. Hanks temporarily left the United States, and her faculty position at UTC, to tend to thousands of Haitian citizens in need proper medical treatment. She has since returned back to her faculty position here on campus, but since then she has routinely continued to return to the country. Recently, she has brought fellow UTC faculty plus students to partner with local Haitian college students wishing to become licensed physical therapists.

Dr. June Hanks standing with her research gathered from her recent trip to Haiti at Research Dialogues.

As is depicted on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission webpage, “The honor recognizes dedicated efforts by administrators, faculty and students in Tennessee higher education, including volunteer work, community organization, public service, charitable service and leadership.” The task force members agreed upon five individuals, which includes two faculty members from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chancellor Steve Angle said in his latest ‘C-Note’ to the campus, “The Love Award is a huge honor, and no one is more deserving than Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Hanks. Given there are only five awards statewide, for UTC to have two recipients in the same year is simply amazing!”

Dr. June Hanks and Dr. Cathie Smith with students who traveled to Haiti to run clinics during fall break in 2017.

In addition to her recognition by THEC, Dr. Hanks was also recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association by being named among the first to received their new Humanitarian Award. The APTA created this category in 2017 for an award honoring those who they think went above and beyond the duty of the physical therapist. She will receive her award officially in June at the NEXT Conference located in Orlando, Florida.