Couple’s Tribute and Commitment to Radiologic Science Education Includes Investing in the ASRT Foundation

Oct. 25, 2016

Joy & Jordan RennerWhen Joy and Jordan Renner find a moment to breathe in their busy schedules, they spend it supporting activities that further the growth and development of future educators and professionals.

Joy Renner, M.A., R.T.(R), is associate professor and director of the Division of Radiologic Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she began her career after receiving her bachelor’s in radiologic science and master’s in curriculum and instruction. After teaching at a community college, she returned to Chapel Hill and assumed a leadership position for the programs in her division. Her experience in education includes teaching in certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs.

A long-time member of the ASRT, she has been involved in the development of curricula, practice standards and the radiologist assistant pathway. Joy is also a former president and board chairman for the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. At the state level, she has been recognized for her service to the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists (NCSRT) through her selection as a Reeves Rousseau Memorial Lecturer and her elevation to life member.

Jordan Renner, M.D., is professor of radiology and allied health sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. He began his education at the University of Virginia, where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. His path to radiology began at UNC Healthcare, where he was a radiology resident, followed by a fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging at Duke University Medical Center.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and on the Board of Trustees of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. He has volunteered on editorial boards for radiologic sciences publications and is widely published himself. His ongoing research focuses on osteoarthritis in Southern populations, and he supervises resident rotations in musculoskeletal and emergency radiology. Jordan’s decades of dedication to medical imaging, including numerous continuing education sessions for technologists, were recognized when he was as elevated to fellow in the American College of Radiology, selected as a Reeves Rousseau Memorial Lecturer and bestowed honorary membership status by the NCSRT.

Joy and Jordan have dedicated their professional careers to advancing the art and science of imaging. Their recent steps show just how far they’re willing to go for the profession. In addition to a generous contribution to the ASRT Foundation’s operating endowment, they worked through the Foundation to establish a scholarship that would help individuals seeking further education who hope to become leaders in the profession and especially in radiologic science education.

“Being an educator means the individual has accepted the responsibility to mentor and educate the next generation of medical imaging professionals to become safe, competent and professional health care providers,” Joy says. Jordan adds that they established the scholarship because they strongly believe “a solid knowledge and skill foundation through higher education prepares our educators to fulfill this responsibility.”