The Academy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy aims to create and nurture a community of faculty educators dedicated to enriching professional, graduate, and postgraduate learning and advancing education in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Academy is framed around three core areas:

  • Developing faculty and clinical preceptors as educators and scholars in education;
  • Facilitating the design, implementation, and evaluation of new approaches to teaching; and
  • Engaging in the creation of best practices in education through the design, rigorous evaluation, and dissemination of educational innovations.

The Academy stands as a prominent symbol of the importance and centrality of education to the overall mission of the School and to the School’s commitment to the pursuit of excellence and innovation in education.

Our Vision

To be at the forefront of leading innovations and best practices in teaching, learning, and the scholarship of education.

Our Mission

To create and nurture a community of faculty educators dedicated to enriching student learning and advancing pharmacy education.

Our Core Values

As a community of educators and scholars, we will:

  • Work collaboratively with one another to identify and create new approaches to teaching as a means to engage students and enhance student learning.
  • Remain abreast of new and emerging developments in education and share these throughout our School community to ensure that we are continually positioning ourselves for sustained innovation.
  • Create an environment that stimulates an exchange of ideas about teaching, fosters the creative design of new approaches to teaching, and engages faculty in research and scholarship to identify best practices in education.
  • Constantly challenge ourselves to evaluate and refine our approaches to teaching to ensure continued improvements in learning and sustained excellence in carrying out the educational mission of the School.
  • Create new knowledge and share our curricular innovations and best practices with others.

Facilitate the development of pharmacy educators and scholars in education

  • Create programs that orient new faculty to their role as educators in the School and facilitate their effectiveness as educators.
  • Connect faculty to other educators as a means of facilitating their development as educators, whether in the classroom, the laboratory, or the patient care setting.
  • Facilitate the development of professional students, graduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows to be effective educators.
  • Develop faculty to be effective investigators and scholars in the conduct of educational research and the scholarship of education.

Facilitate the design, implementation, and evaluation of new approaches to teaching

  • Provide individualized direction and guidance at the level of one’s course, rotation, or other learning experience around best practices in instruction, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning.
  • Work with faculty to incorporate technology into the learning environment and assist faculty in meeting their instructional technology and design needs.
  • Develop learning tools and programs to showcase and illustrate best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Develop a plan for learning that capitalizes on our alumni and serves as an extension of our educational program, thereby facilitating their continued education and development as exemplary health-care professionals, educators, and leaders.

Engage in the design and rigorous evaluation of educational innovations

  • Establish an educational research plan for the School to evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum innovations and transformation.
  • Carry out funded research to support educational research efforts within the School.
  • Serve as a resource for and collaborate with faculty and students pursuing research projects in education.

We—the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy—are the driving force of The Academy. We are dedicated to fostering new ideas and creativity in teaching and are rethinking not only what we teach, but how we teach as a means to enhance student learning.

We are developing a Faculty Portal to highlight faculty engaged in the design, implementation, and testing of new approaches to teaching and learning. This portal will also showcase the pedagogical expertise and interests of each faculty member. Our goal is to create and nurture a community of educators dedicated to the core teaching mission of the School.

The Academy’s offices are located on the third floor of Beard Hall in Suite 321, and Rooms 322 and 328. Come check out our educational technology suite, meet our support staff, and learn more about ongoing work within The Academy.

Academy Leadership

Scott F. Singleton, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Tom Angelo, Ed.D.

Director, Educator Development


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UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the faculty members who were honored by our students as instructors of the year at Awards Day on April 19, 2015.

  • PY1 Instructor of the Year
    Michael Jay, PhD
  • PY2 Instructor of the Year
    Qisheng Zhang, PhD
  • PY3 Instructor of the Year
    Heidi Anksorus, PharmD
  • Overall Instructor of the Year
    Robert Dupuis, PharmD
  • Experiential Faculty Instructor of the Year
    Peter Koval, PharmD
  • Claude Paoloni Preceptors of the Year
    Ouita Gatton
    Holly Causey, PharmD

We Are Here to Help You

We encourage each of you to reach out to The Academy and the Ed Tech R&D group with your ideas, questions, and teaching-related needs. We meet regularly with individual faculty to design courses and educational experiences and connect you with faculty who have been successful.

The Academy offices are located on the third floor of Beard Hall in Suite 321. Come check out our educational technology suite, meet our support staff, and learn more about ongoing work within The Academy.

Scott Singleton, PhD
Executive Director
321A Beard Hall , 7355
Campus Box
Chapel Hill NC 27599-7355
(919) 966-7954