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Nazareth Physical Therapy's Mowder-Tinney Receives Award

Published March 20, 2017

J.J. Mowder-Tinney of Nazareth College is earning national recognition in her field from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  She was honored with the Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy during the recent APTA national conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Mowder-Tinney is the interim chair and associate professor of physical therapy at Nazareth College. She demonstrates a teaching and mentoring excellence that extends across various platforms with a genuine passion. Taylor Drake, the Nazareth student who nominated her, says that Mowder-Tinney “surpasses all expectations of a typical professor.”

In addition to her teaching duties at the College, Mowder-Tinney lectures nationwide at continuing education conferences on stroke rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, motor learning, and balance.


Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.