Teaching Fellows Program

The Teaching Fellows Program at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy is a mentored post-graduate training program that prepares fellows for a career in pharmacy education delivery and research.


Purpose

Prepare pharmacy fellows for a potential career in pharmacy education in a Doctor of Pharmacy program through a mentored experience in teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Structure

The Teaching Fellows Program is structured as a two-year experience, accommodating four fellows per year. Two fellows will be located on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, and two fellows at the Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima. One fellow per site will be recruited each year to allow the senior fellow to assist in mentoring the junior fellow. Each fellow will be assigned a primary mentor and will be involved in the selection of a mentoring team. At the beginning of the program, each fellow will reflect on his or her goals for the program and communicate these goals to the mentoring team. An individualized plan will be established for each fellow that aligns with these goals.

Each fellow will be involved in three main activities:

  1. Teaching: Each fellow will deliver selected coursework (required, elective, and/or laboratory-based) in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.
    • Fellows with a Pharm.D. degree may elect to participate in rotational residency experiences where they will have the opportunity to precept IPPE and/or APPE students.
  2. Professional development: Each fellow will engage in mentored activities (education-based journal clubs, attend department meetings and regular fellows’ meetings) outside of the instructional setting.
    • Fellows will be expected to lead predetermined teaching and learning development sessions open to faculty members.
    • Each fellow will maintain a teaching portfolio.
  3. Scholarship: Each fellow will pursue an independent project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning and represent the college at selected professional meetings. Fellows will be expected to present their project as a poster and/or oral presentation and submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal prior to the end of the fellowship. Submission of grant proposals will also be encouraged.


Stipend and benefits

Each fellow will be paid a competitive stipend and will receive a benefits package. The start date will be July 1 but is flexible based on fellow availability. Applicants must note their preferred campus (Spokane, Yakima or either) within their application. The indicated campus cannot be guaranteed.


Why WSU College of Pharmacy?

The WSU College of Pharmacy is leading the way in innovative pharmacy education. The college has adopted a competency-based assessment method that provides students with multiple attempts to demonstrate competence and provides a framework for student re-engagement. In addition, the college has implemented an active learning classroom approach to distance education. In our model, students in Spokane and Yakima complete the same pre-class materials and then attend class at their respective location. These in class sessions are facilitated by either Spokane or Yakima based faculty and focus on application of knowledge delivered in the pre-class materials. Outside of our innovative assessment and curricular delivery approaches, the college provides numerous faculty development opportunities around teaching and learning. Additionally, faculty within the college are nationally recognized for their scholarship of teaching and learning.

Click here for additional information about our Pharm.D. program.

Requirements of applicants

  1. Must meet all the requirements for employment at Washington State University, which will include a background check.
     
  2. Must be a graduate of a doctoral degree program (Pharm.D., Ph.D.) by fellowship start date. A residency or post-graduate training experience is not required for acceptance into the program. Those with residency experience are encouraged to apply.
    • Spokane: Applicants for the Spokane campus must have a Pharm.D. degree and must be eligible for Washington state pharmacist licensure within 60 days of the fellowship start date.
    • Yakima: Applicants for the Yakima campus are encouraged to have a Pharm.D. degree and be eligible for Washington state pharmacist licensure within 60 days of fellowship start date. Applicants with a Ph.D. in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics or other similar training will be considered for the Yakima position.
  3. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, professionalism and leadership.


How to apply

Please send the following to the college’s Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning Excellence at pharmacy.teachlearn@wsu.edu.

  1. A completed application form. Click here to download the form.
  2. A cover letter noting the following: 1) future career goals and interest in pharmacy education delivery and research, 2) a description of how the fellowship program aligns with these career goals, and 3) a description of past teaching experiences.
  3. Current CV
  4. Official transcript from Pharm.D. or Ph.D. granting institution that can be emailed to pharmacy.teachlearn@wsu.edu or mailed directly to Connie Remsberg, WSU Spokane, Pharmaceutical Sciences/PBS 313, PO Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210.
  5. Three letters of recommendation sent directly to pharmacy.teachlearn@wsu.edu. All letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline. References should provide an overall percentile ranking or class ranking of the applicant and comment on the following attributes within their letter of recommendation:
    • Written and verbal communication skills of the applicant
    • Ability of the applicant to work independently and as part of a team
    • Potential of the applicant as a future teacher

The priority application deadline is February 16, 2018. The final application deadline is March 30, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to meet the priority deadline.

Fellowship candidates will complete a telephone interview initially and may be invited for an on-site interview.


Profiles of current teaching fellows


Taylor Bertsch, Pharm.D.

Second-year teaching fellow, Spokane
Graduate of Washington State University College of Pharmacy

Teaching roles:

  • Instructor of Record for applied patient care: physical assessment
  • Participating instructor for applied patient care labs (APC II and III)
  • Guest lecturer within the College of Pharmacy for pharmacotherapy and healthcare systems
  • Guest lecturer for University of Washington School of Medicine and Fort Mukogawa international pharmacy students
  • Continuing Education (CE) development for Spokane Pharmacy Association

Scholarship projects:

  • Training student pharmacists to perform tuberculin skin testing utilizing team-based learning
  • Teaching drug discovery and development utilizing team based learning
  • Needs based assessment of Naloxone training in the rural population
  • Clinical community pharmacy course assessment
Primary mentor: Kimberly McKeirnan


Yili Zhong, Ph.D.

Second-year teaching fellow, Yakima
Graduate of Washington State University College of Pharmacy

Teaching roles:

  • Participating instructor for pharmacokinetics
  • Participating instructor for integrated pharmacology series
  • Participating instructor for drug development and discovery

Scholarship projects:

  • Best practices for creating and utilizing course materials to study pharmacokinetics in an active learning classroom
Primary mentor: Angela Stewart


Micah Miller, Pharm.D.

First-year teaching fellow, Yakima
Graduate of University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Teaching roles:

  • Participating instructor for applied patient care labs (APC II, APC III, APC IV, APC V)
  • Participating instructor for professional communications lab

Scholarship projects:

  • Development of a group-based cooperative card game as a novel study tool
  • Creation of an escape-the-room simulation lab activity for interprofessional education
Primary mentor: Christina Buchman


Nicole Perea, Pharm.D.

First-year teaching fellow, Spokane
Graduate of University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Teaching roles:

  • Participating instructor for applied patient care labs (APC II and III)
  • Guest lecturer within the College of Pharmacy for pharmacotherapy, healthcare systems and point of care and clinical services
  • Guest lecturer for WSU College of Nursing and MEDEX Physician’s Assistant Program
  • CE development for Spokane Pharmacy Association

Scholarship projects:

  • Needs based assessment of Naloxone training in the rural population
  • Teaching drug discovery and development utilizing team based learning
Primary mentor: Kimberly McKeirnan

 

Teaching Fellows Program

Any questions regarding the Teaching Fellows Program should be addressed to the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Connie Remsberg, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
cremsberg@wsu.edu
509-358-7752