2017 Faculty Award Winners

Each year, the University of Cincinnati salutes one of its greatest assets - its faculty - at its annual All-University Faculty Awards Celebration. Our 2017 recipients were honored at our ceremony on Wednesday, April 19. For information on the 2017 winners, please see above video tribute above and our winners’ profiles below.

 

 

 

Distinguished Research Professor

  • Punit Boolchand
    Professor, Electrical and Computing Systems
    College of Engineering & Applied Science

 

Virtually anyone who drops a cell phone can thank Professor Punit Boolchand, PhD, if the screen does not break.

Boolchand and his research team at the College of Engineering and Applied Science have changed the way materials scientists think about glass. This understanding contributed to the creation of Corning Gorilla Glass used in more than 1 billion cell phones and tablets around the world.

John C. Mauro, senior research manager at Corning, said Boolchand’s work will shape the company’s future research as well.

“Put simply, he has changed our atomic-level understanding of these ‘inexplicable’ materials to an extent far beyond anything since the theory of superconductivity,” Mauro said in a letter endorsing the nomination of Boolchand as UC’s Distinguished Research Professor (STEMM).

Boolchand has taught both physics and engineering at the university since 1969. He also has served as visiting faculty at Stanford University in California, the University of Hyderabad in India and the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He is also the director of UC’s Solid State Physics and Electronic Materials Laboratory.

In more than 230 published papers funded by nearly $7 million in research grants, Boolchand has examined such diverse topics as gamma optics, oxide superconductors and optoelectronic materials. He has presented his findings at physics and engineering conferences around the world.

In his nomination letter, Teik C. Lim, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, called Boolchand’s research groundbreaking.

“Dr. Boolchand has a passion for research that has produced an extremely impressive body of work and has impacted new discoveries and developments in his field,” Lim said.

Boolchand previously received UC’s George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research and was nominated for the American Physical Society’s prestigious Oliver E. Buckley Prize for his work on the “Intermediate Phase,” a breakthrough in glass research now named for him.

Boolchand especially takes pride in helping to launch the careers of more than 45 graduate students he has mentored at UC. He stays in touch with many of them in their professional positions in academia, industry and government labs.

“One reason we were able to do so much in the fundamental research of disordered materials was in part because of these students,” Boolchand said.

On the way to his university office each day, Boolchand walks past a plaque that reads: “A mind that is stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimension.”

“That is the truth. Once you find a new way of thinking, you can never go back,” Boolchand said. “That’s what’s happening more and more in our field.”

 

 


Distinguished Teaching Professor

  • Christine Colella
    
Professor
    College of Nursing

 

Over the years at UC’s College of Nursing, Christine Colella, DNP, CS, CNP, professor of clinical nursing and director of master’s specialties, has effectively incorporated technology and innovative teaching strategies in her classes to improve outcomes for students. She not only excels as an outstanding nurse practitioner, but as a leader in interprofessional collaboration.

“Dr. Colella has been an early adopter of new technology and a pioneer in combining technology and instruction design best practices with nursing education,” says Greer Glazer, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing. “She truly exemplifies outstanding nurse practitioner education and serves as a role model to students and nursing faculty.”

Colella has taught at the College of Nursing for more than 20 years. During that time, she received several research or program grants, published several peer-reviewed articles and delivered many local, regional, national and international presentations. She is at the forefront of classroom technology implementation, developing creative teaching strategies using iPad mobile applications, Adobe Connect/WebX sessions and synchronous and asynchronous delivery formats to motivate learners and meet the needs of both on-campus and distance learning students.

“I have been very lucky to be able to combine two things I love, teaching students and caring for patients,” says Colella. “Seeing the students learn and grow and then graduate and give back to their communities as nurse practitioners is so inspiring. I want to thank Dean Glazer, my colleagues and the students at the College of Nursing who have taught me so much and have inspired me even more.”

Colella is also recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Award (2015) as well as a UC College of Nursing 125th Anniversary Legacy Award. In 2011, Colella received the Dean’s Research Award, in 2004 she received the Nurse Educator Award from Mount St. Joseph University and in 2008 was inducted into the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning at UC.

 

 

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

  • Stanley Corkin
    
Professor, English, History
    College of Arts & Sciences

 

Professor Stanley Corkin, PhD, views American history through the lens of a film camera.

For 30 years, he has consistently worked across disciplinary and departmental boundaries, teaching history, American literature and film in UC’s College of Arts & Sciences. One of the foremost scholars in the field of urban film studies, Corkin has helped pioneer important interdisciplinary approaches to the general field of American studies.

Corkin has written four well-reviewed monographs, served as a co-editor on another, contributed chapters to many different books and has had peer-reviewed articles, essays and reviews appear in several journals.

He chairs the Taft Urban Humanities Research Group at UC and the Urbanism, Architecture and Geography Scholarly Interest Group for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (the leading scholarly association in its field). In addition, he sits on the executive board of the Center for Film & Media Studies and the advisory board of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture.

Corkin has been invited to lecture in Dublin, Ireland; Freiburg, Germany; London, England; Paris, France and many cities across North America − a testament to his international presence and influence. In recognition of his achievements, he has received the honors of both Taft Professor and Niehoff Professor.

As Corkin continues to develop a film program in A&S, he is working on his fifth book, which will focus on Boston as a media presence in the post-industrial world.

 

George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research

  • Dionysios D. Dionysiou
    Professor, Biomedical, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
    College of Engineering & Applied Science

 

As a native of the Island of Cyprus, Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou, PhD, UC environmental engineering professor, knows firsthand the value of water. Thus, he has devoted his career to addressing the need to secure enough clean, drinkable water in arid countries and the developing world.

The Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering and Graduate Program Director in the College of Engineering and Applied Science has worked on more than 50 water quality projects and his research has received millions of dollars in funding from national and international organizations including the National Science Foundation,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine/U.S. Agency for International Development, The Ohio Sea Grant, and DuPont. Dionysiou has collaborated with several universities and has received many prestigious awards in the fields of water quality, treatment and sanitation, such as the ARCADIS/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Frontier in Research Award.

Dionysiou is a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and served as Program Chair of the Division of Environmental Chemistry from 2008 to 2016. He is currently serving as chair-elect of the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry. He is a leading member of Sustainable Solutions Laboratories, the Center of Sustainable Urban Engineering, and the Drinking Water, Water Supply, Quality, and Treatment, and Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratories.

As the author or co-author of more than 310 refereed journal publications, over 86 conference proceedings, 29 book chapters publications, 24 editorials, and more than 550 presentations, Dionysiou is considered to be “among the top 1 percent of scientists/engineers in the field of advanced oxidation processes,” states Virender Sharma, PhD, director of the Program for Environment and Sustainability, Texas A&M. Dionysiou has edited several books, is editor of three prestigious journals and is an editorial board member of more than 10 journals. Dionysiou holds an impressive H factor of >63 with more than 13,000 citations of his work, further attesting to his high impact on the field.

 

Distinguished Research Professor

  • Gail T. Fairhurst
    Professor, Communication
    College of Arts & Sciences

 

It would be a chance encounter with a communication scholar that would direct young English student, Gail Fairhurst, PhD, to pursue communication as an academic discipline.

The interest sparked by this fateful meeting would propel her on the path to becoming an internationally renowned expert in the field of communication, earning the distinction of being one of the most productive and highly visible communication scholars in the world. In a career that has spanned both the academic and professional arenas, Fairhurst’s research has seen publication on more than 80 occasions and has seen her serve as a keynote speaker and conference presenter numerous times.

Her dense publication history spanning a plethora of academic scholarly publications and three books has earned her an impressive record of citation, with a current 5,500 citations of her publications spanning academia and an h-index of 34. Among 15 “best paper,” “top paper” and “best book” awards, one of her works has been recognized as among the three most influential papers of the past 25 years by the Communication Theory scholarly publication.

Inspired by her past as a secretary working under dysfunctional bosses, a main area of interest in her research is the field of organizational communication. She describes herself as a linguist who studies talk in organizations, and finds that much of her research goes towards finding a means of bridging the gap between the often at odds perspectives on managerial and communication exports and showing managers and students of management the value that can be found in taking a communicative perspective on leadership.

In addition to her academic work, Professor Fairhurst has a long history of service to her profession and the university, having served in the past as the head of the department of communication and serving on the editorial boards of more than a dozen scholarly journals.

 

 

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

  • Mark Fellows
    Adjunct Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics
    College of Engineering & Applied Science

 

Through his nationally recognized expertise and dedication to the field of aerospace engineering, Mark Fellows, MS, MBA, has compiled an astonishing record of student success as an adjunct professor at UC. Fellows has coached five capstone groups, four of which received wins at the international SAE Aero Design competition.

Beyond the Capstone Aircraft Design and Integrated Aircraft Engineering courses, Fellows is noted as having exceptionally prepared undergraduate students with knowledge of aircraft performance.

“Mark Fellows is an outstanding adjunct with a strong personal commitment to our students and our program,” stated Paul Orkwis, PhD, his department head. Orkwis believes that in being a UC alumnus, Fellows is all the more committed to the mission of the program. “He is the epitome of student-centric teaching and is amazing in his devotion to the students of aerospace engineering.”

Fellows has collaborated with all of the major U.S. aircraft companies including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, General Dynamics, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. Prior to joining UC, he worked at the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) in Dayton for 36 years. His AFB efforts led to the F-22 and F-35 – now frontline tactical fighters.

Thomas Black, colleague and visiting assistant professor, states that Fellows “is the example of an alum who made a major difference for the United States and has now returned to his alma mater to give back and prepare the next generation of aerospace leaders to follow in his footsteps.”

 

 

Outstanding Adjunct Award

  • Dana Gregory Griffith
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies
    College of Arts & Sciences

 

At the dawn of each semester, Dana Gregory “Greg” Griffith, PhD, knows that two things are certain: that he will learn each of the names of his nearly 150 students and that at least a few sobbing students will make their way to his office convinced they can’t hack the academic rigor and planning to drop out.

Those students become, as he calls them, his “project students.”

“I’m always helping students because I know what it is like,” said Griffith, himself a UC alumnus. “My parents never even graduated high school. When I first came [to UC], I was completely lost. It’s very satisfying to see those students crossing campus a year or two later with a grin on their face and their head held high.”

It’s that sort of above-and-beyond approach that’s given Griffith, or “Dr. G” as his students call him, a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional educator who cares deeply about student learning, engagement and success.

Griffith, who specializes in comparative religions, designs and teaches courses that are both challenging and creative. From introductory courses on world religions to online courses like “Religion in American Animated Series” and honors seminars on “Understanding Religious Intolerance,” students explore tough topics in innovative ways and mediums.

“Our students consistently tell us that he is one of the best teachers that they have had,” said Debbie Brawn, MA, administrative director of the University Honors program.

Beyond the classroom, Griffith has worked to develop ongoing relationships with diverse religious organizations across Greater Cincinnati. These have proven to be invaluable in providing critical educational opportunities for UC students.

“His teaching is the kind of teaching our UC graduates remember long after they have left the classroom and long after they have left our school,” said Gila Safran Naveh, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Judaic Studies.

 

Faculty Award for Exemplary Service to the University

Tracy L. Herrmann


Faculty Award for Exemplary Service to the University

  • Tracy L. Herrmann
    Professor, Radiologic Technology
    UC Blue Ash College

 

With 30 years of experience, UC Blue Ash College radiologic technology professor Tracy Herrmann, MEd, has developed an expertise in the fields of radiation science, radiobiology and radiation protection. Her commitment to learning, teaching and collaboration has made her a strong advocate for patient safety and a nationally recognized leader in her field.

Professor Herrmann’s scholarly activities include publications of articles and book chapters, as well as presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels.  She remains excited about new ways to engage students and about the advances in technology, both in teaching and in radiologic technology.

Along with an impressive career in the classroom and in her field, Herrmann’s has always made service to the University a priority. She has been a valued member of the UC Faculty Senate for the past 10 years and was chair from 2014 to 2016. She has also served on numerous committees, including as co-chair of the UC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Curriculum Initiative, and as a member of the recent UC Presidential Search Committee and the UC Blue Ash College Strategic Planning Task Force.

Herrmann continues to work with colleagues on a variety of important projects. For the past several years she has advocated for the protection of children from exposure to too much radiation during x-rays through her work on the Image Gently campaign.  She collaborates with medical physicists, radiologists, and technologists around the U.S. to increase awareness about the risks associated with radiation in pediatric imaging.

When she isn’t teaching or helping lead key initiatives, you can often find her enjoying live music. Her husband, Bob, is a Blues musician who plays guitar with the Soulfixers and other area bands. She also enjoys brunch with her family, which includes daughters Kelsey and Sophie, and her son-in-law Chris. They are all UC alums.

 

 

Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching Award

  • Elliott Manzon
    Professor, Marketing
    Lindner College of Business

 

Today’s students often feel disconnected from material that’s too theoretical and that doesn’t show them real-life applications. That’s why Elliott Manzon, PhD, created the Kickstarter Active Learning Project, a semester-long project in which students apply concepts they learn in his New Product Development class by creating a Kickstarter campaign.

Students in Manzon’s class don’t just learn how to develop and market new products, but rather actually do so. Students begin the product development process by identifying potential opportunities in the marketplace, conducting consumer research regarding the concept’s viability and developing a marketing plan to support the launch of the product.

Once the product concept is finalized, Manzon’s students write copy, design advertisements and create a video to convince potential investors of their concept’s viability. Recent concepts have ranged from a travel mug that functions as a pour-over coffee brewing system to a cell phone screen magnifier for visually-impaired users to a popsicle stick holder for young children. One of Manzon’s student teams is even currently in the process of filing for a patent for the concept they developed.

Manzon’s Kickstarter initiative has been so well received by students that his class sections are filled to capacity within hours of registration. One of his students recently noted “it’s a fantastic course and one of the highlights of my collegiate career.” Many of Manzon’s students echo that sentiment as the majority of them enter his class without ever having built a website or developed a product and just weeks later, they’re prepping their concept for potential investor support.

Manzon’s innovative application of marketing concepts via a technology platform that is both familiar and exciting to students drives learning in a much more impactful manner than that of the traditional classroom, thus significantly increasing student engagement and motivation.

 

 

Provost Faculty Career Award

  • Michael D. Privitera

    Professor, Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine/Director, Epilepsy Center
    College of Medicine

 

The dedication of Michael Privitera, MD, to the discovery of new treatments and care for people with epilepsy has been a cornerstone of his career. For nearly three decades, he has led the Epilepsy Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, the first comprehensive epilepsy center in Greater Cincinnati.

With a research focus on new antiepileptic drugs, generic equivalence, and stress as a seizure precipitant, Privitera has over 150 peer-reviewed publications including articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and Brain, and has directed more than 50 clinical studies on epilepsy treatment. He has mentored dozens of residents, fellows, graduate students and post-docs in his 30 years on the faculty at UC.

“I believe that Dr. Privitera is one of the epilepsy leaders who has made the field what it is today – a vibrant scientific and educational society I am proud to be a member of,” writes Jerzy P. Szaflarski, MD, PhD, former UC resident and faculty member, now Epilepsy Center Director at University of Alabama-Birmingham.

 Privitera has served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and served in leadership positions across the university and with the American Epilepsy Society. On its Board of Directors since 2005, Privitera was president of the American Epilepsy Society in 2016.

“An Epilepsy Center provides the most advanced treatment options, including surgery and clinical trials,” says Privitera. “One third of people with epilepsy will not obtain full control of seizures with standard treatments, and those medication-resistant patients number in the tens of thousands in Greater Cincinnati alone. I’m inspired by our multidisciplinary Epilepsy Center team that started providing care for these patients decades ago and has now become a world leader.”

Currently, Privitera is conducting clinical trials with cannabidiol oil, a derivative of marijuana, to study its effectiveness in seizure reduction. Positive results indicate a push for FDA approval in the next year.

 

 

Emerging Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

  • Jack Rubinstein  

    Associate Professor Clinical, Internal Medicine 

    College of Medicine

 

Jack Rubinstein, MD, has spent the better part of the last 20 years studying, working and teaching in the health care field. From medical school training in his native Mexico to his current clinical and research endeavors at UC, the common thread has been health and health care.

In contrast to more clinically-focused colleagues, Rubinstein has not only worked on becoming a strong clinical cardiologist, he has also branched out into other fields. Some would say his lack of focus has served him well, first as the director of clinical services for a large urban district in Mexico City and now as the principal investigator of his own National Institutes of Health- and American Heart Association-funded translational laboratory. This laboratory has been key to opening a new path for Rubinstein within the business realm, where he worked closely with the Entrepreneurial Affairs at UC in order to license the first of several intellectual property positions to a local pharmaceutical startup company. If successful, this venture has the potential to transform the way heart failure is treated around the world.

Rubinstein is well aware that none of this would have been possible without the support of his family, colleagues, lawyers, administrators and friends and is keen on recognizing their work and patience. He is also very grateful to the scientific, medical and general community around Cincinnati and tries to “pay it forward” by directing several educational training programs at UC, volunteering as a mentor in the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and carving out quality time to spend with his ever-patient wife and three not-so-patient children.

 

 

George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations

  • Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
    Associate Professor, Anthropology
    College of Arts & Sciences

 

The research of Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, PhD, often takes her to the bright lights of the New York fashion industry, yet when it comes to teaching, she places the spotlight squarely on student engagement and success.

For Sadre-Orafai, an associate professor of anthropology, little is more exciting than introducing students to complicated issues of race and ethnicity, gender, identity, language and art, among other topics, and seeing them make meaningful connections both to their own lives and larger social processes.

“My philosophy to teaching is to find ways to get students to think about these concepts and apply them to ways that are relevant to them,” she said. “They’re doing things that might not feel comfortable to them and working in multiple mediums, which can result in novel insights.”

Innovative classes designed by Sadre-Orafai, like the “Anthropology of Hipsters” and “Forms of Seeing,” attract a wide array of students from diverse backgrounds and majors. Sadre-Orafai rejects the standard lecture format and instead engages students in interactive class sessions, where course blogs, ethnographic studies and visual media projects take the place of standard essays. 

Across campus, Sadre-Orafai is a passionate advocate and supporter of student activism like The Irate 8, for which she helped organize a teach-in so that faculty could better address the group’s concerns. And as the anthropology department’s diversity liaison to the college, she advocates for equity and inclusion in strategic planning and student recruitment efforts.

Sadre-Orafai’s outreach doesn’t end there. She also oversees the anthropology department’s social media accounts, growing its audiences in less than a year by a staggering 944 percent on Twitter and 584 percent on Facebook.

“Stephanie represents the 21st century teacher-scholar like no other,” said Vernon Scarborough, PhD, head of the anthropology department.

 

 

Provost Faculty Career Award

  • Michael Solimine
    Professor
    College of Law

 

In a career spanning three decades, Michael E. Solimine, JD, has built a firm career defined by a constant devotion to teaching, research and serving the academic and professional communities.

Over the course of his career he has developed a remarkable reputation as a researcher in the field of law, earning the distinction of being one of the most cited civil procedure professors in the United States for the last half decade. His work has seen publication across more than 70 law review articles, book chapters and book reviews.

His scholarship has been influential in the nation’s courts, with his works having been cited by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a U.S. Supreme Court case. As a prominent figure in the College of Law, his colleagues and students have taken note of his constant professionalism, kindness and his role as a champion for the college’s core values of collegiality, due process and transparency.

Holding the title of Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law, he has been known to his students as a Professor who can translate “legalese into English” as he has transformed seemingly abstract concepts into comprehensible lessons.

He has served as a valuable mentor for the legal professionals under his tutelage, with his immense knowledge of all forms of federal courts and civil procedure making him an invaluable research source for his many students. In addition to his research and teaching service, he has shown a strong commitment to serving his community, helping newer faculty members as a key figure on the RPT committee and multiple decanal review boards and appearing as a consistent staple of the Faculty Senate.

 

 

Mrs. A. B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Ric W. Sweeney
    Associate Professor-Educator, Marketing
    Carl H. Lindner College of Business

 

Throughout his 12-year teaching career at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business, Ric Sweeney, MBA, has accumulated a bevy of awards for outstanding teaching and service to UC students.

During the past decade, Sweeney was awarded the Lindner College of Business’ top faculty service honor a record three times. He received the Harold J. Grilliot Award for Exemplary Service to Undergraduate Organizations in 2007, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he won the Michael L. Dean Excellence in Classroom Education and Learning (EXCEL) Undergraduate Teaching Award, Lindner’s top undergraduate teaching honor. In 2012, UC awarded him the George S. Barbour Award for Good Student/Faculty Relations.

Sweeney’s warmhearted and deep connections to his students made him an obvious choice to lead two of the Lindner College of Business’s honors programs. Ric served as interim director of the Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars program from 2014 to 2015 and served as the first director of the Circle of Excellence from 2015 to 2016.

Outside the classroom, Sweeney motivates and inspires students to develop their careers and grow professionally. He serves as a faculty advisor to a large number of student organizations, ranging from the UC Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary to UC’s Student Government Senate and its Cabinet.

Sweeney has also earned teaching and service awards outside of UC. He received an Excellence in Education award from Ohio Magazine, a Volunteer Excellence Award from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and, in 2016, the American Marketing Association renamed an award in his honor: The Ric Sweeney Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

 

Faculty Award for Exemplary Service to the University

  • Victoria Wangia-Anderson
    Associate Professor/Director, Clinical & Health Information Science
    College of Allied Health Sciences

 

Victoria Wangia-Anderson, PhD, FHIMSS has been at UC since 2013 and in that time she has sought opportunities to serve the university. As a faculty member in the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences, she has been recognized by one of the largest health informatics professional organizations for her service at the national level, and awarded advanced membership status as a fellow. She serves as the program director for the Masters of Health Informatics program, but also finds time to engage in service.

"I am committed to service activities that enable me to make a difference and contribute towards advancing beneficial strategy and goals. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with effective faculty and staff across the university through my service involvement,” says Wangia-Anderson.

In addition to serving as a Faculty Senator and on Senate Cabinet, Wangia-Anderson represents faculty interests on a variety of committees, where her tireless work has earned her a reputation as someone who knows how to get things done.

“I’ve been impressed with her engagement, her willingness to put forward competing and useful ideas to help provide useful perspectives on issues under discussion and her strong work ethic and accountability,” says Cynthia Nitz Ris, PhD, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

She serves as chair for the Faculty Senate Information Technology committee.

“Members of that committee have recognized impressive changes and leadership that Dr. Wangia-Anderson has brought to the committee, as well as the time commitment needed,” says Prince Ellis, DBA, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Clermont College. “She has been an effective and patient facilitator for contentious discussions related to IT enterprise solutions.”

Wangia-Anderson is married with a young daughter and son. Some of her hobbies include traveling, reading, learning new languages, some sports and experiencing new cultures.

 

 

Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Patricia R. Wigle
    Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacy Practice James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

 

Before the toughest of exams, students at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy can often be heard bestowing upon each other the good luck wish: “May the Wigle be with you.”

 That’s because in her 16 years here, Associate Professor Patricia Wigle, PharmD, has become a life “force” at the college.

If a student is struggling, she makes sure there are multiple means of support, one of those means being the college’s P1/P3 peer mentoring program, which she co-established. She has personally mentored 29 PharmD research projects, and on many she assisted the students in the development of national posters and/or publications.  She has also served on five PhD and eight MS advisory committees.

“She puts so much time into mentoring students I wonder how she still has time for herself,” says a current PharmD candidate, joking that there’s no such thing as asking Dr. Wigle a “quick” question. If you go in for a chat, before you know it an hour has gone by.

One former student remembered her saying, “On nights when I stay late at work, the thing I am most happy to stay for is helping a student with a problem. That is how I know I am in the right place.”

Little wonder that she has been recognized by students with 11 pharmacy college teaching awards. But her altruism isn’t limited to UC’s campus. She is also passionate about the delivery of quality care to underserved patients. Since 2003, she has provided pharmacy services and precepted students on global health trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Tanzania.

These trips, 11 in total, go beyond medical care to encourage the students to reflect and develop a plan for continued service. The most recent trip, in February 2017, led to the development and implementation of a women’s health clinic.