Title, department and job responsibilities: I hold a number of positions in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I’m the director of Drug Information Services and Academic Advising. I also serve as a preceptor for drug information and underserved medical clinic rotations, in addition to teach four pharmacy courses and one physical well-being CORE class.
Years at Butler: I started at Butler in 1991 as a pharmacy student. I returned in 1999 as an adjunct faculty member and became a full-time faculty member in 2002.
Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: I believe the most memorable experiences typically occur outside the classroom and are based more on relationships and impact than on pure academics. For me, these experiences have occurred through the College’s partnership with a local clinic which only serves patients who do not have medical insurance. Most of our students are blessed to come from family units where lack of medical insurance has never been a concern for them. Our students do a great job of learning the “health” part of healthcare in the classroom and lab, so it’s the CARE part of healthcare that I tend to focus on at the clinic. I hope that’s what students remember.
Projects/research you’re currently involved with: The two main projects/research I am currently working on are:
· Appropriate disposal of unwanted/expired medications. I am writing a chapter on this topic for a well-known pharmacy text book, and amworking with law makers and the state board of pharmacy to develop new guidelines and tools for the appropriate disposal of unwanted medications.
· Development of a adverse drug reaction causality assessment tool (the Butler Adverse Drug reaction Causality Assessment Tool) that improves inter-rater reliability over the current gold standard
What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: How does one really achieve balance in life? When work-personal-spiritual life balance is achieved, how does one maintain it long term?
What do you enjoy most about teaching: I enjoy the students and the interactions. I love that I teach in a variety of areas and have a supportive administration that allows me to try new things.