October 11, 2023
Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., has been promoted to associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also the associate director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) and assistant director of the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Health-System Pharmacy Administration program.
“Being promoted to associate professor is not just a milestone in my career; it represents a profound commitment to pharmacy education. I am deeply honored to have reached this stage, and I am excited about the opportunities ahead,” said Morbitzer. “I am grateful for my wonderful colleagues and collaborators as well as the unwavering guidance and mentorship I’ve received throughout my time at the School. Their belief in my potential, encouragement during challenging times and commitment to my growth have been instrumental in achieving this next step in my career. I hope to pay forward the support that I’ve received.”
She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Wayne State University and her master’s in biomedical and health informatics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She went on to complete a post graduate year one pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and an academic research fellowship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Currently, her research focuses on expanding pharmacy student opportunities for impact in health care through the study of non-direct patient care experiences and career pathways and on improving teaching and student learning.
“I hope to continue fostering a nurturing learning environment where students are not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in pharmacy but also encouraged to think critically, innovate and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of health care,” she said.
Following completion of her fellowship, Morbitzer joined the UNC Health pharmacy analytics team. Morbitzer rejoined the School as an assistant professor in 2018.
“Dr. Morbitzer has made great contributions to advancing pharmacy practice through non-direct patient care career pathways,” said Stefanie Ferreri, Pharm.D., Henry L. Smith and James L. Olsen Distinguished Professor in pharmacy practice and chair of PACE. “She has worked to educate and train the next generation of pharmacists by developing and evaluating a curriculum that enhances nontraditional pharmacy career offerings. She is most deserving of her promotion to associate professor.”