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Stephanie Kiser

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stephanie Kiser

Professor of the Practice


(828) 250-3956
One University Heights, , CB# 2125, Asheville, NC, 28804

Stephanie Kiser, RPh, is the Director of Rural Health and Professor of the Practice with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Additionally, Stephanie serves as Director for Interprofessional Education & Practice with Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).   Stephanie leads the Rural Pharmacy Health Certificate program for UNC; an approved graduate certificate uniquely offered through the school of pharmacy.  The certificate prepares student pharmacists for collaborative, interprofessional practices to serve the unique health care needs of those living in rural and small communities.

Over the course of her 30-year career, Stephanie has held a variety of pharmacy leadership roles that position her well as a convener and connector to rural pharmacists and community members. She has extensive knowledge and background in disease state management, medication assistance, health and wellness programming, public health and social determinants of health and has presented on these topics locally, regionally, and nationally.  Prior to joining The School, she was a care manager for nationally recognized Asheville Project© and contributing author. Other roles and responsibilities include, PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency Director, pharmacy preceptor, establishment of an award-winning medication assistance program, and held the position of Executive Director for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Division of Mission Health.  She currently focuses her research and teaching efforts on advancing care for underserved and rural populations and advancing pharmacy practice within team-based care models.  Her leadership and pharmacy education experiences span hospital, ACO, health systems, ambulatory care, and community settings.  Stephanie is a past recipient of the Bowl of Hygiea, a Preceptor of the Year Award and a HRSA Patient Safety Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative Faculty Recognition.


Kiser is interested in disease prevention and management, improving health-care quality and access for rural communities, cultural competence in health care, health literacy, integrated models of care, serving underserved and high risk patients, risk stratification-based care, population health management, and collective impact as a framework for community health improvement.



  • Carpenter DM, Hastings T, Westrick S, Kiser SN, et al. Rural Community Pharmacists’ Ability and Interest in Administering COVID-19 Vaccines in the Southern United States. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Published online January 19, 2022. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2022.01.013 


  • Kiser S, Ramsaur E, Williams CR. Impact of a Regional Campus on the Placements of Students at Rural Pharmacy Experiential Sites. Pharmacy. 2021; 9(4):195.
  • Wolcott MD, McLaughlin JE, Hubbard DK, Williams CR, Kiser SN. Using Design Thinking to Explore Rural Experiential Education Barriers and Opportunities. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. 2021;8:2382120521992333. doi:10.1177/2382120521992333
  • Carpenter DM, Hastings T, Westrick S, et al. Rural community pharmacies’ preparedness for and responses to COVID-19. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2021;17(7):1327-1331. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.10.008
  • Alexander DS, Kiser S, North S, Roberts CA, Carpenter DM. Exploring community members’ perceptions to adopt a Tele-COPD program in rural counties. Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy. 2021; 2:100023. doi: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2021.100023


  • Zeeman J, Kiser S, Steeb D, Hubal R. Identifying Priority Student Leadership and Professionalism Attributes Among Faculty, Preceptors, and Students via Modified Delphi. AJPE, November 2020, 84 (11) 8076; DOI:


  • Steeb D, Dascanio S, Kiser S.  Connecting rural and global health education for workforce development. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 101, Issue 3, 4 Sep 2019, p. 479 – 481
  • Kiser S, Peterson C, Steers R, Bach K.  Rural Pharmacy Practice Offers Professional Satisfaction with Rewarding Patient Relationships. New York State Pharmacist Century II, Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. September, Volume 92, Issue 4, 2019


International Presentations

  • “Rural Pharmacy Health”. PharmAlliance Chapel Hill, NC. December 2017. Kiser S

National Presentations

  • “Disconnected”: Using creative problem-solving strategies to identify and address barriers to rural experiential education. AACP Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX. July 2022. An ACPE accredited program. Wolcott M, Kiser S.
  • Preparing Learners for Rural Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice, National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NC, May 2022. Kiser SN, Thach S, Hodge B.

  • Telehealth in Small and Rural Hospitals: Pandemic Acceleration and Beyond. ASHP Midyear, December 2021. Kiser SN, Stone K, Grandy R. An ACPE accredited program.

  • Lightning Talk Live Discussions: Learning in Practice Track – A Rural Interprofessional Education Response to Covid in Western NC, Rapidly Addressing the Needs of Our Community, An Unexpected Interprofessional Team, Designing Team-Based Clinical, Rapid Implementation. Nexxus Virtual Summit, August 2020. Kiser S, Gilmer B, Hodge G, Macon T, Bemis R. An ACPE accredited program.
  • Are We Talking About the Same Thing? Evaluating Priority Leadership and Professionalism Traits Across Stakeholders. AACP Virtual Annual Meeting, July 2020. Zeeman J, Kiser S. An ACPE accredited program.
  • “The Camera Does Add 10lbs’’, and Other Important Teaching Considerations in a Video Connected Classroom. AACP Virtual Annual Meeting, July 2020. Kiser S, Franks A, Farland M. An ACPE accredited program.

  • Leveraging Community Stakeholders to Develop PharmD Students as Trained Volunteers and Leaders in Disaster Preparedness. AACP Annual Meeting, July 2019, Chicago, IL. Kiser S, Shepherd G.
  • Global to Local: Connecting Global Health to Local Practice, AACP Annual Meeting, July 2019, Chicago, IL. Jonkman L, Miller M, Steeb D, Kiser S, Schellhase E, Connor S. An ACPE accredited program.
  • “Rural Communities, Stakeholder Engagement, and the Pursuit of Educational Aspirations”; The Journey to Grow and Sustain a Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative on a Distance Campus. Invited presentation for Marinar Scholar Program. University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, April 2019, Duluth, MN.

  • UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • B.S. Pharmacy 1992
  • Registered Pharmacist