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 with a Pharm.D. degree 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 will be located 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.

Each fellow will be involved in four 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.
  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.

  4. Self-reflection: Each fellow will maintain a teaching portfolio.

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.


Stipend and benefits

Each fellow will be paid a competitive stipend and will receive a benefits package. The preferred start date will be July 1 but may be earlier depending on fellow availability and preference. Applicants must note their preferred campus (Spokane or Yakima) within their application.


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 is midway through implementing 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.

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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.) 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.
    • Pharm.D. graduates must have an active license or must earn Washington state pharmacy licensure within 60 days of the fellowship start date.
  3. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, professionalism and leadership.


How to apply

Please send the following to Connie Remsberg at cremsberg@wsu.edu.

  1. A cover letter containing:
    • A personal statement detailing, 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.
    • Preferred campus (Spokane or Yakima).
  2. Current CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation sent directly to Connie Remsberg via email at cremsberg@wsu.edu. 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
    • Applicant motivation, initiative and perseverance
    • Ability of the applicant to work independently
    • Ability of the applicant to work as part of a team
    • Potential of the applicant as a future teacher

The application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017.

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

 

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