Faculty

The College of Pharmacy is proud to recognize and acknowledge faculty members for their professional achievements, service to the college or health care, and leadership within pharmacy or other disciplines. 

 

Submit a Nomination 

To learn more about the different nomination and application requirements for each faculty award, please view below. 

The James Halpert Award for Research Excellence

The James Halpert New Investigator Award has been established by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy to honor of Dr. James Halpert and celebrate his contributions to pharmaceutical sciences. This achievement award was established to recognize excellent original research by early career investigators in any pharmacy-related research field. This award is presented annually, but only if there is a worthy candidate. Awardees will receive a $1,000 honorarium and commemorative plaque.

Eligibility

  • The nominee must be widely recognized for their transformational discoveries or innovative approaches impacting a pharmacy-related scientific field.
  • Nominee must have an academic rank above assistant professor and have their primary appointment in a College of Pharmacy department.
  • Nominee must have be a Contact PI on a prior or active, peer-reviewed, national level grant.
  • Nominee must not have received the James Halpert Award for Research Excellence in any prior year.

Criteria and Selection

The primary criterion for the award is the significance of research contributions made by the candidate on their field. The novelty and innovativeness of the science, the track record of the individual including peer reviewed publications, and the potential of the scientific discoveries to transform a nominee’s field are important considerations. Selection of awardees will be made by the College of Pharmacy Research Affairs Committee and presented at the State of the College event in mid-December.

Application

All application materials should be submitted as PDFs to the College of Pharmacy Research Affairs Committee via Susanna Herndon (brodie@pharmacy.arizona.edu) in the Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of nomination for the candidate. The letter should describe the importance of the candidate's research contributions and the overall significance and impact of the candidate’s work. Self-nominations are allowed.
  • Additional letters of nomination and support are allowed but not required.  The nominee’s curriculum vitae including a complete list of peer-reviewed publications and grant funding.

 

The A. Jay Gandolfi New Investigator Award

The A. Jay Gandolfi Award for Research Excellence has been established by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy to honor the fundamental contributions of Dr. A. Jay Gandolfi in the fields of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Environmental Science. The Award recognizes outstanding original research contributions, particularly those having a major impact on future research in their field. This award is presented annually, but only if there is a worthy candidate. Awardees will receive a $1,000 honorarium and commemorative medal.

Eligibility

  • Nominee must be a tenure eligible Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in a College of Pharmacy department.
  • Nominee must not have received the A. Jay Gandolfi New Investigator Award any prior year.

Criteria and Selection

The primary criterion for the award is the level of excellence and originality of the research conducted by the candidate. Independence of thought, originality of approach, clarity of communication, and the impact of the work on the candidate’s field are important considerations. Particular consideration will be given to first/corresponding/senior author publications with high impact and to accomplishments made while during their appointment at the UA COP. Selection of awardees will be made by the College of Pharmacy Research Affairs Committee and presented at the State of the College event in mid-December.

Application

All application materials should be submitted as PDFs to the College of Pharmacy Research Affairs Committee via Susanna Herndon (brodie@pharmacy.arizona.edu) in the Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of nomination for the candidate. The letter should describe the importance of the candidate's research contributions, the overall significance and impact of the work, and the candidate’s role in the manuscripts provided with the application. Self-nominations are allowed.
  • Additional letters of nomination and support are allowed but not required.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae including a complete list of peer-reviewed publications and grant funding.
  • The three most significant peer-reviewed manuscripts authored by the candidate (sent as separate PDF documents).

 

Schnellmann Family Faculty Award

The Schnellmann Family Faculty Award has been established to recognize an outstanding faculty member who has contributed exceptional and unique service within the College in the past academic year or 12 months, and (1) excellence in teaching, or (2) significant accomplishments in research. This award is presented annually. Awardees will receive a $2,400 honorarium and commemorative plaque.

Eligibility

The recipient must be a faculty member (>50% appointment) at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (the “College”) in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years. 

Criteria and Selection

The recipient should demonstrate, as defined below, exceptional and unique service within the College in the past academic year or 12 months, and (1) excellence in teaching, or (2) significant accomplishments in research.

Exceptional and unique service within the College is defined as:

  • Substantial participation and contribution in College service
  • Contributions that support or advance organizational goals and priorities within the College
  • Service in initiating and developing new initiatives
  • Evidence of influence and/or impact—the positive difference the nominee's contributions made

Excellence in teaching is defined as:

  • High expectations for student learning
  • Alignment of intended outcomes, teaching practices and assessment methods
  • Innovation and experimentation in teaching with a view to enhancing student learning
  • Innovation and experimentation in teaching with a view to enhancing student learning
  • Commitment to continuous improvement in teaching
  • Support/mentoring of colleagues relative to teaching
  • Organizing or overseeing new courses or revitalizing existing courses

Significant accomplishments in research is defined as:

  • Sustained scholarly activity
  • Research grant funding
  • Consistent dissemination of research outcomes of scholarly work in one's field

 

College Faculty Service and Outreach Award

The College of Pharmacy Faculty Service and Outreach Award recognizes faculty who have extended their scholarship, teaching and service to external constituents in ways that result in a positive outcome in problem solving or development for individuals, organizations, or communities.  Service and Outreach through engaged scholarship activities extends the intellectual expertise and resources of the College of Pharmacy through teaching, research, and/or service to address the social, civic, economic, and environmental issues and opportunities facing our communities.

Nominations, Criteria, and Submission Materials

Outside community organizations, programs, and faculty and students can make nominations. Faculty members whose primary responsibilities are teaching, research, and/or service, are eligible. Candidates will have demonstrated significant research, educational, and/or service related efforts or initiatives that transmitted and enhanced knowledge and/or outcomes to the public/populations within Arizona and beyond. Nominations will include ​​​​​the candidate’s CV and a letter that specifically describes how the nominee’s record in the area of service and outreach goes beyond expectations and provided tangible positive to the community locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.

 

College Faculty Mentor Award

The College of Pharmacy Faculty Mentor Award recognizes any professional faculty or faculty member* who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging the scholastic growth of UArizona College of Pharmacy students, staff, and faculty and provide them significant opportunities for professional, educational, and personal development. The award offers a way of commending individuals who support and promote the scholarly environment for all College of Pharmacy citizens.

*(faculty mentors, senior project advisors, resiprep program mentors, organization advisors, etc can be nominated)

Nominations, Criteria, and Submission Materials:

Students, faculty or staff may make nominations. Nominations will include the candidate’s CV and a letter that clearly describes the nominees record of providing tangible development opportunities to students, faculty, and/or staff, contributions that lead to increased performance and job satisfaction, and efforts to improving the College of Pharmacy environment with respect to mentoring and professional development opportunities.

 


The College of Pharmacy has recognized exceptional Basic Science and Clinical Pharmacy educators since 1984. Criteria for selection of recipients include an evaluation of teaching effectiveness based on factors such as motivation, communication skills, knowledge of subject matter, organization and relevancy of course material. The second consideration is scholarly activities related to teaching based on activities such as the development of innovative/creative teaching methods, publications, development of computer-assisted instruction, development of experiments for a teaching laboratory.

Basic Science Educators of the Year

2018 - Richard Vaillancourt
2017 - John Regan
2016 - Richard Vaillancourt
2015 - John Regan
2014 - Terri Warholak
2013 - John Regan
2012 - John Murphy
2011- Georg Wondrak
2010 - John Regan
2009 - Michael Mayersohn 
2008 - John Regan
2007 - Jolaine Draugalis
2006 - John Regan
2005 - Michael Mayersohn
2005 - Michael Mayersohn
2004 - Jolaine Draugalis
2003 - John Regan
2002 - Michael Mayersohn

2001 - Brian Erstad*
2000 - Marion Slack*
1999 - Paul Consroe
1998 - Michael Mayersohn
1997 - Jolaine Draugalis
1996 - Michael Mayersohn
1995 - Paul Consroe
1994 - Jolaine Draugalis
1993 - Paul Consroe
1992 - Jolaine Draugalis
1991 - Paul Consroe
1990 - Jolaine Draugalis
1989 - Michael Mayersohn
1988 - Paul Consroe
1987 - Albert Picchioni
1986 - William Remers
1985 - Paul Consroe
1984 - Michael Mayersohn

Clinical Pharmacy Educators of the Year

 

 

2018 - Jeannie Lee
2017 - Amy Kennedy
2016 - Sid Patanwala
2015 - Amy Kennedy
2014 - Janet Cooley
2013 - Jeannie Lee
2012 - Dave Agpar
2011 - Richard Herrier
2010 - David Apgar
2009 - John Murphy
2008 - David Agpar
2007 - Richard Herrier
2006 - David Apgar
2005 - Richard Herrier
2004 - Michael Katz
2003 - Richard Herrier
2002 - Edward Armstrong

2001 - Brian Erstad*
2000 - Marion Slack*
1999 - Martha Fankhauser
1998 - Brian Erstad
1997 - Martha Fankhauser
1996 - Richard Herrier
1995 - David Lee
1994 - Brian Erstad
1993 - Martha Fankhauser
1992 - Brian Erstad
1991 - Williams Jones
1990 - Carol Rollins
1989 - Patricia Plezia
1988 - Martha Fankhauser
1987 - Suzanne Campbell
1986 - James Morse
1985 - Patricia Plezia
1984 - Michael Katz


*In 2000 and 2001 only one Educator of the Year award was given, no distinction between basic sciences or clinical sciences is noted.