The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship

Mitcham 2023

The Ninth Annual Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | Charleston, SC

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship began in 2013 and honors her many contributions to the Division of Occupational Therapy and to the profession.

We are excited to announce that the Ninth Annual Lectureship will return to campus this year on Saturday, April 29th in MUSC's Drug Discovery building. The events for the day will include research poster presentations, division recognitions, a luncheon, and CEU sessions. 

2023 Distinguished Scholar

Barb Hooper 
Barb Hooper, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Hooper is the Division Chief and Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate division at Duke University. Dr. Hooper’s research, scholarship, and professional development initiatives focus on occupation-centered philosophy, curriculum design, and teaching-learning.



Virginia Stoffel, PhD, OT, FAOTA

Leading with Grace, Compassion, Humility and Love


Janice P. Burke, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Situating the Power and Relevance of Occupation in Today’s World


Wendy J. Coster, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Outcomes that Matter


Margo B. Holm, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, ABDA

How do you know that what you do as an OT really works?


Anita C Bundy, ScD, OT, FAOTA

The Risk is There is No Risk


Charles Christiansen, Ed.D., OTR, OT(C), FAOTA

The Meaning of Quality: A Conversation About Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value


Glen Gillen, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA

A Fork in the Road: An Occupational Hazard?


Michael Iwama, Ph.D., MSc, BScOT

East & West: Cross-Cultural Implications on the Construction of Theory and Knowledge in Occupational Therapy



The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund

Maralynne Mitcham headshot 
Maralynne D. Mitcham,
1949 - 2014

Throughout her career, Dr. Maralynne Mitcham was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to advance the profession of occupational therapy through her contributions to education. In 1984, she was recruited to the Medical University of South Carolina as the third Department Chair in Occupational Therapy. During her academic career, she served in a variety of senior roles in which she designed and led national efforts that integrated research into academic curricula, promoted collaboration with other professions, and enhanced faculty development across the profession.

In 2005, The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund was established to create, in perpetuity, an annual lectureship program for the Division of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. The fund’s purpose is to honor the collegial spirit, leadership skills, and mentorship of the late Dr. Mitcham and promote a day of sharing and fellowship for the profession of occupational therapy. More specifically, the lectureship will be awarded each year to a scholar in the field who has a broad perspective on occupation, an international reputation, and one who has made significant contributions to education, practice, and/or research in the field of occupational therapy. Such a scholar will enhance the education of health professionals within the college and community, and provide an opportunity for presentation and dialogue around key intellectual issues of the time, thereby fostering the vision and mission of the University.

Consider helping to keep Dr. Mitcham’s legacy alive through a donation to her Lectureship Fund. *Note: On the giving page choose "Other" from the dropdown menu and type in"Mitcham Lectureship Fund."

The Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon is hosted by The Division of Occupational Therapy and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.