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 the WSU Spokane campus. 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:


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


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.


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, attending department meetings, and regular fellows’ meetings) outside of the instructional setting.

Please contact Abby with application materials or any questions.

Stipend & 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.

Why Choose us?

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is leading the way in innovative pharmacy education. Our in-class sessions are facilitated by either Spokane- or Yakima-based faculty and focus on application of knowledge. 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.

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 following their start date.
  4. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, professionalism and leadership.

How to Apply

Information about the next opening will be added to this webpage as it becomes available.

Current Academic Fellows

Alanda Barash, PharmD

Academic fellow, Spokane

Graduate of Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Primary mentors: Kimberly McKeirnan and Julie Akers

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