Dr. Kathleen Lukaszewicz

Dr. Kathleen Lukaszewicz2023 Teaching Excellence Award

Clinical associate professor of physical therapy

Dr. Kathleen Lukaszewicz is praised for her adaptability, displaying an ability to teach to a multitude of learning styles in a rigorous academic environment. She additionally is known to go above and beyond for her students, as displayed by her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic that maximized one-on-one instruction. Lukaszewicz’s commitment has helped her students’ score one standard deviation above the national average in her specialized content areas.

“Our students leave for clinical practice with a knowledge base in Dr. Lukaszewicz’s areas of expertise in pathophysiology and cardiopulmonary function that is competitive with the highest ranked programs in the country,” said Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, professor and chair of physical therapy, “and this confers an extra advantage for our students in the clinic.”

Lukaszewicz serves as director of graduate studies for the Department of Physical Therapy’s master’s and Ph.D. programs and is a major reason Marquette’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“I feel incredibly honored to be recognized for my role in the education of future physical therapists,” Lukaszewicz said. “I find daily inspiration from the individual student who suddenly finds clarity in the complex. To aid and witness these light-bulb moments is absolute magic. This award widened my lens so I could see that these small moments have made a big impact. Thank you to all my colleagues, students and former students who contributed letters and other forms of support for this award. I am so lucky to be at Marquette doing what I love.