Faculty Member Chosen to Present Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science

photo of Dr. Doris Pierce

Dr. Doris Pierce, endowed chair in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, was recently chosen by the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA to present the 10th annual Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science.

The honorary lectureship is “dedicated to the spirit of questing intellectual curiosity expressed by Dr. Ruth Zemke in her work within occupational science.” Criteria for selection include significant contributions to occupational science and a demonstrated commitment to building a community of scholars in the discipline.

The Zemke Lecturer receives an honorarium and is presented with a one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope, one of Zemke’s favorite objects, to “symbolize the simplicity, complexity, multiplicity of views, and ever-changing nature of the discipline of occupational science.”

Pierce received the honor at the first joint conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists held Oct. 14-16 in London, Ontario. She will present the lecture at the 2011 SSO: USA conference, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the organization’s founding.

“EKU has really builtits OT Department's reputation within the field through the involvement of its faculty and students in the Society – which is the only research society in occupational therapy – as well as its innovative B.S. in Occupational Science,” said Pierce, who was very active in the founding of the SSO.

An EKU faculty member since 2000, Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, where she also earned a doctoral degree in occupational science.

Published on November 10, 2010