HIGH POINT, N.C., May 10, 2016 – Dr. Kevin Ford, associate professor of physical therapy, received the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award during the 2016 Commencement ceremony. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in their research and creative endeavors.
Ford is director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. In these roles, he has collaborated in research with faculty across campus and mentored undergraduates from many departments, including exercise science, athletic training, biology and biochemistry. He has co-authored manuscripts with more than 25 students that have presented their collective work at international-level conferences.
An accomplished researcher in sports medicine and biomechanics, Ford has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals. Since 2012, he has secured five grants as a principal investigator and consulted on two others, bringing more than $900,000 directly to HPU.
“I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award based on our research in physical therapy and sports medicine,” says Ford. “Working alongside the talented and passionate students and faculty at High Point University has been an extraordinarily rewarding experience. I am grateful for the support the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory has received across the entire campus and look forward to working with hundreds of future undergraduate and graduate students.”
HPU provost Dr. Dennis Carroll presented the award at HPU’s Commencement ceremony. He says Ford is greatly admired and appreciated for his scholarship, leadership and commitment to his profession.
“Kevin Ford is one of the most gifted faculty members I have ever met,” says Carroll. “His contributions to his profession, his humble willingness to work with all students, and his driving desire to make High Point University a destination point for the health sciences are evident to every individual in our community. He is truly the best of the best.”
Ford came to HPU in 2012 with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky.