During the annual Health Professions Day, held on February 22, 2024, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences presented several awards to faculty members who demonstrated outstanding teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and professional involvement over the past year within their fields. Nominations for the awards are sought from students and colleagues alike from within the college.  

Renae Chesnut, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received the Richard Morrow Transformational Leadership Award. This award recognizes a faculty member whose transformational work has gone above and beyond. Transformational leaders focus on team building, motivation and collaboration with colleagues to accomplish change for the better. They identify a needed change, create a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and execute the change through collaboration. 

Eliza Dy-Boarman, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice/Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, received the Hartig Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes a pharmacy faculty member who has distinguished him or herself in teaching, scholarship, service, or practice. 

Michael Nelson, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, received the C. Boyd Granberg Professional Leadership Award. This award is given to a faculty member who is committed to professional organizational leadership – both for themselves and among students. 

Jeannie Nielsen, Manager of Experiential Education Operations, received the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award. This award was created to recognize the work of one individual who has gone above and beyond in their work to help the College fulfill its goals and mission. 

The College’s Student Governance Association announced the following teaching and mentoring awards:    

Christine Urish, Professor of Occupational Therapy, was named Mentor of the Year. 

Jamie Pitlick, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was named Faculty Preceptor of the Year

James Sacco, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named CPHS Teacher of the Year