Graduate Student Ambassador Program

The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) is excited to launch its Graduate Student Ambassador Program.  The JHR strives to raise the consciousness and advance the intellect on humanism in rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach. Our mission is to encourage dialogue among rehabilitation professionals, patients, families, and caregivers that describes the human condition as it experiences the impact of illness or disability. We hope to highlight and illustrate the special relationship between the patient and rehabilitation provider, as well as provide a venue for scholarly discourse on topics that focus on rehabilitation from the uniquely human perspective that patients and providers share. To that end, we invite graduate students from all disciplines to take part in the JHR Graduate Student Ambassador Program in order to start these important conversations at their University and further the mission of the JHR.

A Graduate Student Ambassador will be both a representative of their respective University and the JHR.

What you will learn from being a Graduate Student Ambassador for the JHR

  • The opportunity to gain marketable experience in the operations of a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal: Ambassadors get the unique opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the review and publishing process by being involved in some of our ongoing academic initiatives, like the JHR-CHEP Student Essay Contest.
  • Advanced skills in program planning and implementation: Ambassadors are required to host at least two events over the course of their tenure, allowing the opportunity to explore interests within the area of the humanities and rehabilitation while being a vital component to the mission and vision of the JHR.
  • Cross-discipline collaboration: One of the goals of the Graduate Student Ambassador program is to improve collaboration between disciplines. As a JHR Graduate Student Ambassador, you will serve an instrumental role in achieving this goal while building relationships among faculty, staff, and other students.

What you can do as a JHR Graduate Student Ambassador

  • Be both a representative of your respective University and of The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.
  • Be committed to serving in the role of JHR Graduate Student Ambassador for 12 months.
  • Provide an informational session on the JHR at your University (include your current class and faculty).
  • Host at least two programmatic events over the course of your tenure. Examples include:
    • A movie screening of a film that may be a compliment to your coursework; for example, 100 Meters (a film about a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who responds by training for an Ironman competition)
    • Visit a museum and explore themes such as disability, aging, pain, or loss in the art and artists’ lives
    • Host a bi-monthly book club or poetry reading (eg, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly or Being Mortal)
  • Disseminate information about the JHR’s “Call for Papers,” contests (JHR-CHEP Student Essay Contest), and other opportunities to faculty and students at your University.
  • Have a check-in phone call each semester with a JHR Graduate Editorial Associate.

Current Graduate Student Ambassadors

Amy Samuelson

My name is Amy Samuelson; I am from Sioux City, Iowa. I am a 3rd-year physical therapy student at Creighton University. I heard about the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation when I spoke with Dr. Blanton at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. While conversing with a group in a quaint coffee shop with paintings on the walls, a wave of peace came over me while I thought about my love for music and the arts. Using the practice of “See, Think, Wonder,” we discussed what the paintings meant to each of us; it was interesting to hear everyone else’s viewpoints. We all can look at the same painting or listen to the same piece of music, but we each have our own interpretations of the art. These interpretations also can vary from day to day based on our moods. Our group agreed that we can apply this type of observation to our clinical practice. This led to our discussion about the humanities, which I think is a critical component of any profession. We all need to be active listeners, which includes putting our patients first without casting judgment. I am excited to be an ambassador for the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation because I am interested in the humanities and I want to share the importance of them with others. We can all benefit from learning more about them and from one another. If we can incorporate the humanities into our practice of caring for others, we can lead the way to a positive experience overall.

Maria Beacom

My name is Maria Beacom; I am a 2nd-year DPT student at Creighton University. I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, attended Creighton for my undergraduate degree and was eager to stay at Creighton for graduate school as well. After having received a liberal arts education in college, I noticed something lacking in my own personal development during the first semester of graduate school. I noted that if I was to develop a practice in humanities as a way of life, I must take that responsibility into my own hands. This meant finding opportunities to be in community with my peers, in an environment that allowed for growth outside the classroom. Upon learning about the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, I was thrilled to know such a resource existed for rehabilitators, as students and beyond. It seems imperative that those working in the rehabilitative sciences constantly strive to understand the human experience as we encounter patients, many of whom are enduring some of life’s toughest challenges as well as hard-fought triumphs. Approaching this understanding through the lens of humanities, as we open the discussion to art, literature, music etc., informs our scientific education to prepare us to be great clinicians. I am delighted to be an ambassador for the journal and to encourage this discussion and growth among my peers.

How to Apply

If you are a graduate student interested in applying to be a JHR Ambassador at your University, please fill out the JHR Graduate Student Ambassador Program Application form and email it to Dr. Sarah Blanton at jhrsubmissions [at] listserv [dot] cc [dot] emory [dot] edu

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