SPOKANE, Wash.—The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) is dedicated to developing outstanding health care professionals and scientists through a transformative student experience. This means the college also takes care to ensure faculty supporting its research and teaching offerings are “second to none,” that is, according to Gary Pollack, dean of the CPPS.
“Our faculty are contributing to university goals and priorities at a rate that has been simply outstanding,” he said. “As a whole our college is lucky to have faculty and staff that rival any pharmacy program in the country.”
Faculty demonstrating excellence in scholarship and teaching give students the opportunity to learn from outstanding experts in their fields of study. Therefore supporting and providing opportunities for professional advancement of members of faculty is foundational to the student experience at WSU.
In order to be considered for promotion, faculty must have a demonstrated record of contributing to the university through activities in teaching, research and service. Teaching courses and mentoring students also includes connecting teaching practices and course design to program-level goals and learning outcomes, and applying methods supported by the current pedagogical literature. The second element is original research, scholarship and creative activities that result in the dissemination of new knowledge and insights through a variety of media. And in addition to teaching and research, faculty duties include a substantive service component that is centered on outreach and public service that benefits communities and industries external to the university.
The college recently announced that as of July 1, six CPPS faculty in Spokane and Richland will receive the following respective promotions:
- Salah-uddin Ahmed, Professor
- Julie Akers, Clinical Associate Professor
- Kimberly McKeirnan, Clinical Associate Professor
- Mary Paine, Professor
- Sergei Tolmachev, Research Professor
- Zhenjia Wang, Associate Professor
Additionally, Jeannie Padowski will receive promotion to clinical associate professor. Padowski is a faculty member with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, but also serves as an instructor of record within the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.