Faculty Mentoring Program
An Introduction to the Bill and Karen Campbell Faculty Mentoring Program
The Bill and Karen Campbell Faculty Mentoring Program is a powerful asset for new faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Through the program, experienced, insightful, and trusted senior faculty serve as guides, allies, and advocates of junior faculty. The program, which is completely voluntary, aims to help new faculty adjust to life at Carolina and to succeed professionally and personally. The effort is supported by funds generated by the $1 million endowment of the Bill and Karen Campbell Distinguished Professorship.
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty-mentoring program is the first such sponsored program among the nation’s pharmacy schools. We have found that this junior-faculty-development initiative has helped us to attract outstanding faculty to UNC, has encouraged the professional growth of our faculty, has aided in retaining faculty, and has enlisted talented senior faculty in this endeavor. We continually assess our program to determine its effectiveness, identify potential improvements, and share with others what we have learned.
- Assist in recruitment of junior faculty
- Help new faculty reach their full potential as quickly as possible
- Assist in the retention of new faculty (ending at promotion and tenure)
- Take advantage of the unique and valuable talent of senior faculty
- Engage mentors from outside UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and academia
- Keep it simple: minimize paperwork, no added administrative layer, highly individualized
- Program is voluntary: no one is required to participate
- Faculty ownership: arm’s-length relationship to administration, mentorship is, at its core, a faculty value
In July 2006, the School of Pharmacy launched the Bill and Karen Campbell Faculty Mentoring Program to assist in the professional and personal development of the School’s junior faculty who are on a scholarship-intensive track.The mentoring program serves as a testimony to Bill Campbell’s strong advocacy of the importance of mentorship to faculty development. Since its inception, 23 junior faculty members from the School’s five academic divisions have elected to become fellows of the Campbell Mentoring Program.
Previously, the mentoring of junior faculty at the School was conducted informally under the guidance of senior faculty. This arrangement was effective in most cases because of the shared interests among faculty and the collaborative and the nurturing environment at UNC. However, in recent years the mission and scope of contemporary pharmacy programs have changed. We have seen a need for new skills to meet today’s health challenges. In the pharmaceutical sciences, which include medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and drug delivery, our faculty develops genetic-based therapies and examines the structure and dynamics of therapeutic targets. They collect, mine, and use vast repositories of chemical, biochemical, and medical information. They design novel chemical and biological drug-delivery systems, exploit the role of pharmacogenomics in medicine, and delineate the role of transporters and the impact of the human metabolic machinery for drug treatment. This breadth of science has led the School to hire faculty trained in disciplines other than pharmacy. Similarly, translating new therapies and diagnostic procedures to the clinic represents the culmination of the pharmaceutical experience wherein science and medicine merge to provide beneficial health outcomes. The integration of these disciplines requires broadly based, trained faculty who can interface with research scientists and clinicians. Further, the need to provide quality managed care to our citizens has caused us to examine healthcare economics and policies from a pharmacy perspective. Thus, new skills are needed to develop comprehensive and innovative solutions, based on analysis of vast databases, and to implement them into policy. Lastly, educating today’s professional pharmacist has changed. The information explosion and the changing classroom has mandated innovative teaching methods and restructured curricula. These dynamic changes in the mission of the School have led us to hire individuals with diverse backgrounds and to reevaluate our approach to junior faculty mentoring.
Team Mentoring: A New Approach
Formal efforts to devise a new approach to junior faculty mentoring began in 2003 upon the retirement of Bill Campbell as dean of the UNC School of Pharmacy. Supporters and friends of Campbell and the School established the Bill and Karen Campbell Fund through the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina to honor the retiring dean and his wife. In 2004-2005, the School Committee of Faculty Mentoring and Development under the chairmanship of Bill Campbell created a blueprint for junior faculty mentoring and a roadmap for its implementation. Key to the program is the mentoring team, who assist the junior faculty. Support for this program would come from the fund. This mentoring program was endorsed and strengthened by the School under the leadership of Dean Robert Blouin.
Aaron C. Anselmo, Ph.D.
Education: Aaron Anselmo, Ph.D., received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He then went on to receive his Ph.D., also in chemical engineering, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then completed his postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Experience: Aaron is faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on developing technologies to modulate the microbiome.
Fun Fact: When he’s not in the lab, Aaron enjoys spending his time with his family and traveling.
Alan Kinlaw, Ph.D.
Education: He completed his master’s and PhD training in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health at UNC, followed by a post-doc at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. His research focuses mostly on leveraging large and high-dimensional secondary data (e.g., claims, clinical registries, and electronic health records) to conduct pharmaco-epidemiologic studies of the utilization, safety, and effectiveness of antibiotics. (He collaborates in several other therapeutic areas too.)
Experience: Alan Kinlaw is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina.
Fun Fact: When he’s not working, Alan likes hanging out with his wife and loved ones, playing soccer, and running around with his dog George.
Amanda Seyerle, Ph.D.
Education: Amanda Seyerle, Ph.D., is from Grand Blanc, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from UNC.
Experience: Amanda is now a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular and genomic mechanisms of disease and drug response in chronic disease.
Fun Fact: When not working, Amanda and her husband are avid Michigan Wolverines fans and spend all their weekends in the fall watching college football with their puppy, Bailey.
Benyam Muluneh, Pharm.D., BCOP, CPP
Education: Benyam Muluneh, Pharm.D., is originally from Ethiopia, but grew up in Northern Virginia. He completed his Pharm.D. and residency training at UNC.
Experience: Benyam is now a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His scholarship is focused on optimizing leukemia pharmacotherapy to mitigate toxicities and improve adherence and dose intensity. He also leads the School’s global health efforts in Ethiopia.
Fun Fact: Benyam and his wife Mimi enjoy spending time at kid-friendly museums (Museum of Life and Sciences, Marbles Kids Museum) and exploring unique eateries in the area with their two kids, Lukas and Sofia. Benyam also directs the Youth Sunday School Program at his local Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Durham, N.C.
Carter Cao, Ph.D.
Research: Cao’s lab combines molecular imaging and computational modeling tools to study cancer, the immune system, cancer evolution, and the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of immunotherapy. Specifically, we have designed several molecular imaging techniques to track immunotherapeutic antibodies or effector cells (NK or T) in the living systems to understand their pharmacokinetics and dispositional behaviors, interactions with the target cells, and the mechanism of actions and resistance. We are also interest in developing cell tracing techniques to disclose the dynamics of the immune system in response to the constantly evolving tumors. We use computational models to deconvolute the multiplex and multilateral interactions among tumor, the immune system, and immunotherapy.
Casey R. Tak, Ph.D.
Education: Casey received his PhD from the University of Utah and his MPH from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.
Experience: He is now a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and is based at the Asheville campus. His research focuses on perinatal substance use treatment, access to contraception, and the value of clinical pharmacy services.
Fun Fact: Outside of his research, Casey and his wife Jessica enjoy spending their weekends hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with their two children and enjoying all that Asheville has to offer.
Craig Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Education: Craig R. Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Craig received his Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degrees from UNC.
Experience: He is now a tenured associate professor of pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research focuses on drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics, and their application to developing and evaluating more precise drug selection and dosing strategies that reduce inter-individual variability and improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease. He also directs the School’s recently developed Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy pathway in the Pharm.D. program, which was inspired by his own experience as an Honors student in the Pharm.D. program (under Dean Bill Campbell’s direction).
Fun Fact: When he’s not at the School, Craig enjoys spending time at home with his wife Amanda and daughter Bennett, and cheering for the Steelers and Tar Heels.
Daniel Gonzalez, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Education: Daniel Gonzalez, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is originally from Miami, FL. He obtained his Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, FL.
Experience: Upon completing training through the UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in 2014, he transitioned into a faculty position in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research interests include pediatric clinical pharmacology and the application of mathematical modeling and simulation techniques to characterize the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, guide dosage selection, and improve drug safety in children.
Fun Fact: When he is not on campus, Danny enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, going to the gym, and reading.
David Steeb, Pharm.D., M.P.H.
Education: David Steeb, Pharm.D., MPH is originally from Jensen Beach, FL. He received both his PharmD and MPH at UNC.
Experience: David is now a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Global Engagement at UNC. His research focusses around global health education and training as well as implementation science and quality improvement in developing countries. David also co-directs PharmD courses on leadership and professional development as well as global and rural health.
Fun Fact: When not at work, David enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Andrea and son William. David is also a dedicated college football fan cheering for his alma mater, the University of Miami.
Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D.
Education: Jackie Zeeman, PharmD, received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and her PharmD degree at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. After earning her PharmD, Zeeman completed a pharmacy practice residency at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Assessment of Student Learning and the Scholarship of Education at UNC.
Experience; Jackie is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) and an assistant director in the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment (OSPA) at UNC. She currently maintains a part-time pediatric clinical pharmacy practice at Duke University Children’s Hospital. In the scholarship of education, her primary research interests focus on assessment efforts extending across the student experience, including curricular and co-curricular experiences, and social, behavioral, and professional competency development.
Fun Fact: Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling the world, and adventuring to delicious restaurants.
Julie Dumond, Pharm.D., M.S.
Education: Julie Dumond, Pharm.D., MS is originally from the Detroit area. She earned her PharmD from the University of Michigan and her MS from SUNY Buffalo.
Experience: She is now faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on using clinical pharmacology to improve treatment for people living with HIV, especially older patients and women.
Fun Fact: She enjoys baking, working out at Burn Bootcamp, and being outdoors with her husband and two sons.
Kathleen C. Thomas, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Education: Kathleen grew up in California, received her PhD from UNC, her MPH from Yale, and did a BA in classical languages, reading Latin and Greek at Pomona College.
Experience: Kathleen Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. She is a behavioral economist conducting research to enrich the knowledge-base for ways to improve access to care for underserved populations with mental health needs, ranging from minority populations, to disability policy and childhood autism.
Fun Fact: She likes to kayak at home and wherever she goes for work meetings.
Kathryn Fuller, Pharm.D.
Education: Kathryn Fuller, PharmD., is from Miami, Florida. Kathryn received her PharmD from UNC.
Experience: Kathryn is now a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. As the Director of Practice Experiences for Health Systems, her faculty role focuses on experiential education in the PharmD program.
Fun Fact: When she is not in the office or visiting affiliated Health systems, Kathryn and her fiancé Adam spend their time traveling and spoiling their two fur children, Daisy and Louis.
Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S.
Education: Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., is from Plymouth, Michigan. Kathryn received her Pharm.D. from Wayne State University and M.S. from UNC.
Experience: Kathryn is now a faculty member at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her research areas include pharmacy education and medication use optimization.
Fun Fact: Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys traveling with family and friends and spending time with her dog.
Klarissa Jackson, Ph.D.
Education: Klarissa Jackson, Ph.D., is from Tyler, Texas. Klarissa received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and completed a UNCF-Merck postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington.
Experience: In July 2019, she joined the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. Prior to joining UNC, Klarissa was as an assistant professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on drug metabolism and toxicity to better understand the mechanisms and risk factors of adverse drug reactions in diverse patient populations.
Fun Fact: When she is not in the lab, she enjoys reading, singing, and scrapbooking.
Lindsey James, Ph.D.
Education: She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UNC. Although staying at Carolina long term wasn’t the plan that she had initially drawn up, she couldn’t be happier to still be a part of the UNC community.
Experience: Lindsey James is an Assistant Professor in the division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her laboratory integrates expertise in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and chromatin biology in order to discover novel epigenetic inhibitors, while applying these inhibitors to develop an improved understanding of chromatin regulation and better define the role of epigenetic proteins in disease. She is also the Director of Chemical Biology within the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (CICBDD) where she collaborates closely with UNC faculty from various departments to provide medicinal chemistry and chemical biology expertise to bear on biological targets of therapeutic relevance.
Fun Fact: She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two young Tar Heels and loves to ski.
Mollie Ashe Scott, Pharm.D., BCACP, CPP, FASHP
Education: Mollie Scott is an Asheville native who received her BS in biology from Meredith College and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Experience: She completed a Specialized Residency in Geriatrics at the Durham VA, and has practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at MAHEC Family Health Center for almost 20 years, and currently serves as the Regional Associate Dean for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy on our Asheville Campus. Her interests include developing innovative, interprofessional practice models in ambulatory care practices. She teaches women’s health and leadership topics in the Pharm.D. curriculum and precepts pharmacy residents during academic leadership experiences. Mollie has served in a variety of leadership roles for ASHP’s Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners.
Fun Fact: She enjoys musical theater, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Nate Hathaway, Ph.D.
Education: Originally from Wisconsin, Nate received his Ph.D. training from Harvard University, and completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University.
Experience: Nate is now on the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research team utilizes cutting-edge chemical tools and approaches to study the way that mammalian genes are regulated by epigenetic processes. Nate also employs his expertise to drive the discovery of new small molecules that inhibit epigenetic pathways both for research purposes and as potential future therapeutics.
Fun Fact: In his leisure time you can find him enjoying some of the beautiful outdoors and music Carolina has to offer with his wife and two sons.
Robert McGinty, M.D., Ph.D.
Education: Robert (Rob) McGinty, M.D., Ph.D., is from Portland, OR. Rob received his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University and M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical School as part of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.
Experience: He joined the faculty in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016. The McGinty lab uses structural biology and proteomics to discover molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation our genome in health and disease.
Fun Fact: Outside of the lab, Rob enjoys spending time cycling, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing with his wife Katrina and their two children.
Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D.
Education: Shawn Hingtgen, Ph.D. is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shawn received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa before doing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.
Experience: He joined UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2012 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Working with a team of clinicians and interdisciplinary scientists, Shawn’s work focuses on developing novel cell therapy approaches for treating a variety of cancers. He is also the founder of Falcon Therapeutics, which is advancing personalized tumor-homing cell technology to patients.
Fun Fact: When not in the lab, Shawn enjoy’s spending time with his wife Anne and their two children.