February 2, 2013
Russ Mumper, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mumper was recognized along with other recipients during a half-time ceremony at the men’s basketball game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, February 2. The award will be formally presented by Chancellor Holden Thorp at a banquet at the Carolina Club in April. Mumper is the School’s vice dean and the John A. McNeill Distinguished Professor.
“Both his students and his faculty colleagues were enthusiastic in their praise of Dr. Mumper’s commitment to the highest standards of teaching,” Thorp says. “He has clearly provided his students with a rich, supportive environment for higher learning.”
Mumper joined the School in 2007 after eight years as a faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in UK’s College of Pharmacy. While at Kentucky, he was recognized by the UK Alumni Association as one of six Great Teachers, the oldest continuously given award for teaching at the university.
“The effects of Dr. Mumper’s teaching efforts are felt well beyond his own classroom,” says Bob Blouin, PharmD, dean of the School. “He is a leader in the transformation of our curriculum and the early adopter of educational initiatives that have improved the experience for our professional and our graduate students alike.”
Mumper received a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and a BA in chemistry from UK. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 1992, he spent seven years in product development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, working for companies in North Carolina and Texas before returning to academia at his alma mater in 1999.