Jan Tecklin, PT, M.S.
Faculty Subcommittee Chair
For more than 28 years, Professor of Physical Therapy Jan Stephen Tecklin, PT, M.S., has been an important part of the Arcadia community. As an internationally known speaker on physical therapy for children with cystic fibrosis and pediatric pulmonary diseases, he has been a visiting professor in Israel, Brazil, and Greece and presented research in Sweden and England. Most recently, Tecklin has become involved in At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University.
Serving as a leader in a new scholarship initiative, Tecklin and other members of the Physical Therapy Department established an endowed scholarship to help assist students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Arcadia’s PT program is distinguished as being rated among the best in the nation, due to the excellence of its faculty and curriculum.
The Physical Therapy faculty decided to make a combined gift to leave a greater impact on students for years to come. “Members of the faculty recognize that Arcadia has assisted them in many ways, including giving them opportunities for professional development and advancement and providing tuition remission for family members,” says Tecklin. “These opportunities and our daily work have all fostered the desire to support the Campaign.”
Tecklin has joined the Campaign Steering Committee, where he plans to spur a similar spirit in other departments. “I hope to encourage other faculty and staff members to consider what a good professional environment we have at Arcadia and thereby foster their choice to support the University by sharing their own resources in whatever manner they choose,” he says.
Tecklin also stresses the importance of giving on a smaller scale. “I have always been inspired by individuals who are philanthropic—at whatever level they can afford. We all hear about those who donate millions to various institutions, and for those who have large amounts of resources that is terrific. Arcadia has been fortunate to have several donors at that level. However, I believe that just as important as those wealthy folks are those of us who give with as much eagerness.”