CIPhER’s mission is to improve the practice of pharmacy education and enhance the scholarship of and research on pharmacy education within the UNC Eshelman School, nationally, and internationally. More specifically, CIPhER aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of curricula and instruction by providing professional development and support to faculty, clinical preceptors, postgraduate fellows, residents and teaching assistants. CIPhER also aims to help faculty and others design, implement, present and publish educational research and scholarship. In addition, the Center helps faculty compete for education-related grants – and generate income by commercializing education-related products such as: surveys, inventories, tests, teaching materials, online instruction, and digital applications. To achieve these aims, CIPhER offers onsite and online training workshops and institutes, hosts the School’s Teaching and Learning Certificate program, provides consultation, and coordinates relevant, mutually beneficial efforts with entities such as the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, other UNC health science schools, the UNC School of Education, ACCP, and the PharmAlliance.
CIPhER will transform strategically targeted, high-value areas of pharmacy education practice and research through the application of innovative best practices, powerful research methods, and advanced technologies from higher education, health professions education, cognitive science, implementation science and other related fields. While CIPhER’s primary colleagues and clients are the UNC Eshelman School’s extended academic community, our aspiration is to influence and improve pharmacy education practice, scholarship and research locally, nationally, and globally.