James Madison University

VATA Educator of the Year Award – Dr. Jamie Frye

It is an honor to announce that the VATA Educator of the Year Award goes to Dr. Jamie Frye.  Dr. Frye is the program director for the athletic training education program at James Madison University.   She received her bachelor's degree from Coe College, her master's degree from Indiana State University, and her PhD from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Frye's positive influence on the JMU athletic training program is extensive.  For several years she served as both the Clinical Coordinator and Program Director.  She worked tirelessly in both of these roles and not only maintained the quality of the program, but improved it.  She created an extensive Preceptor Education Program that has allowed preceptors to strengthen their mentoring strategies with students and also to learn new proficiencies, providing over 30 CEU opportunities. 

Dr. Frye not only values a strong education for her students, but also seeks out professional opportunities to allow them to have a well-rounded clinical experience.  In 2013, she took a group of students, the only group from Virginia, to volunteer with the medical staff at the Boston Marathon.  There was an outpouring of comments from organizers and other volunteers praising how the students and Dr. Frye handled the events of that day following the bombings.  This is a direct reflection on Dr. Frye's ability to guide, mentor and educate athletic training students.  She has continued to bring students to the Boston Marathon to volunteer as well as the Across the Bay 10k race.  In addition, she has maintained the impressive standard that has come to be expected of JMU students – a 100% pass rate on the BOC exam for the past 5 years. 

For all of these exceptional reasons, Dr. Frye is well deserving of the Educator of the Year award. 

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