January 27, 2016
Michael Jay, Ph.D., Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics, is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Postbaccalaureate Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jay will be recognized along with other recipients during a half-time ceremony at the men’s basketball game against the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 14, in the Dean E. Smith Center.
Jay joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2008. He served as director of graduate admissions for the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics until 2012, when he was named division chair. He recently served as the School’s executive vice dean and is currently interim chair of the division. He is also a professor of biomedical engineering.
Jay received his B.S. in pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 and his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1980. He was an assistant professor of nuclear medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center from 1980 to 1981 and then returned to the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in 1981 and rose through the academic ranks.
“Strong student-teacher connections are central to the success of our University,” said Provost James W. Dean, Jr.. “Carolina takes great pride in the depth and breadth of its talented faculty, and it is especially gratifying when students play a role in recognizing the outstanding contributions our teachers make to their lives.”
Jay was selected for the award based on his dedication to his students and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community.
“Both your students and faculty colleagues were enthusiastic in their praise of your commitment to the highest standard of teaching,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt in a letter notifying Jay of his award. “You clearly provided your students with a rich, supportive environment for higher learning and an exceptionally positive role model for their own careers.”