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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Residency & Fellowship Programs

Academic Fellowship Program

The Academic Fellowship Program at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) is a mentored post-graduate training program that prepares fellows for a career in pharmacy education delivery and research.


Prepare pharmacy fellows for a potential career in pharmacy education in a Doctor of Pharmacy program through a mentored experience in teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


The Academic Fellowship Program is a two-year experience, located on both the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane and the Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima. Each fellow will be assigned a primary mentor and will be involved in the selection of a mentoring team. Working with the team, fellows will establish an individualized plan that aligns with their career, teaching, and research goals. At the completion of this fellowship, the participant will be well-positioned to assume a clinical-track faculty member’s role in a Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Each fellow will be involved in four main activities:

Teaching: Each fellow will deliver selected coursework (required, elective, and/or laboratory-based) in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

  • Developing assessments – formative and summative
  • Developing and facilitating labs, lessons, and in-class activities
  • Facilitating and evaluating patient care simulations
  • Assist with precepting in IPPE, APPE, and co-curricular activities

Scholarship: Fellows pursue an independent project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning and may represent the College at selected professional meetings. Fellows are encouraged to present their project as a poster and/or oral presentation and submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal prior to the end of the fellowship. Submission of grant proposals will also be encouraged.

Service: Fellows gain experience in the service and governance roles of a faculty member through involvement on committees, precepting student activities, and mentorship engagement.

Professional Development: Fellows engage in mentoring activities (education-based journal clubs, attend department meetings, and regular fellows’ meetings) outside of the instructional setting.


Stipend and benefits

Each fellow will be paid a competitive stipend and will receive a benefits package. The start date will be July 1 but is flexible based on fellow availability. Applicants must note their preferred campus (Spokane, Yakima or either) within their application. The indicated campus cannot be guaranteed.


The WSU CPPS is leading the way in innovative pharmacy education. The college has adopted a competency-based assessment method that provides students with multiple attempts to demonstrate competence and provides a framework for student re-engagement. In addition, the college has implemented an active learning classroom approach to distance education. In our model, students in Spokane and Yakima complete the same pre-class materials and then attend class at their respective location. These in class sessions are facilitated by either Spokane or Yakima based faculty and focus on application of knowledge delivered in the pre-class materials. Outside of our innovative assessment and curricular delivery approaches, the college provides numerous faculty development opportunities around teaching and learning. Additionally, faculty within the college are nationally recognized for their scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Requirements of applicants

  1. Must meet all the requirements for employment at Washington State University, which will include a background check.
  2. Must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree by fellowship start date. A residency or post-graduate training experience is not required for acceptance into the program. Those with residency experience are encouraged to apply.
  3. Must be a graduate of a college of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and shall be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Washington. The fellow will complete licensure requirements no later than September 1, 2021.
  4. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, professionalism and leadership.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of intent, current CV, and three letters of recommendation to Abby Parsons at The priority application deadline is December 11, 2020. The standard application deadline is February 28, 2021. Fellowship candidates will complete a telephone interview initially and may be invited for an interview. Please e-mail or call 509-368-6677 with any questions.

Current academic fellows

Boris Zhang, PharmD

Academic fellow, Spokane
Graduate of Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Primary mentor: Kimberly McKeirnan
Secondary mentors: Julie Akers and Jennifer Robinson

Teaching roles:

  • Participating instructor for applied patient care labs (APC II, III and IV)
  • Guest lecturer for Pharmacotherapy course series
  • Assistant facilitator for Pharmacy Healthcare Systems
  • Guest facilitator for Pharmacy Law Class
  • APPE Academic Rotation
  • Continuing education for Spokane Pharmacy Association

Scholarship projects:

  • Situational Judgement Testing for Student Success and Professional Development course series

Justin Luu, PharmD, BS Microbiology

Academic fellow, Yakima
Graduate of Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Primary mentors: Angela Stewart and Christina Buchman

Teaching roles:

  • Applied Patient Care (APC)

Scholarship projects:

  • Re-exposure through simulation in APC

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