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Mariava Phillips
March 27, 2024

jacqui mclaughlinAssociate Professor Jacqueline (Jacqui) McLaughlin, Ph.D., has been named one of two 2024 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Distinguished Teaching Scholars, recognizing her excellence in scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

“AACP is a global leader in pharmacy education, so to be reviewed and recognized as distinguished is a real honor,” she said. 

This award is in addition to the AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award that McLaughlin received in 2017. What differentiates someone from emerging to distinguished is engagement in activities that support the institutional advancement of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

McLaughlin is the director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER), which she believes played a big role in enabling her to demonstrate how she’s contributed to the academy’s growth in educators’ development. 

CIPhER hosts seminars throughout the year focused on topics that are of interest to educators. They also host a four-day summer institute in May focused on evidence-based teaching and course design. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Bootcamp is another CIPhER opportunity for educators to learn how to study their own teaching practice and identify ways to improve. 

“The School has a unique process for reviewing education research, which I think has helped create community at the school, where this type of work—scholarly teaching and education scholarship—is seen as a team effort and something that we value and want to invest our time in doing,” said McLaughlin. 

She wears many hats including CIPhER, teaching, course directing, curriculum building and mentoring postdocs, Ph.D. candidates and Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy (RASP) students. When asked what brings her the most joy, she was able to find the common thread in her roles. 

“At the heart of all of my work, I really value collaboration and relationships, so I try to bring that out in my teaching and mentoring of others,” she said. 

McLaughlin will be honored at AACP’s Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education 2024, July 20-23, in Boston, Massachusetts. 


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