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Nancy Cintron, MSW
Assistant Dean for Student Development and Founding Director for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ms. Nancy Cintron is the assistant dean for student development and founding director for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Her career in higher education spans a period of more than 26 years. Under her leadership, the Office for Student Development, more affectionately known as “OSD,” has become an important advocate and home base for the educational needs of ALL students at the school.

Cintron’s vision leadership and endearing personal style have allowed her to cultivate valuable and important relationships with faculty, university administrators, alumni and the community at large. As an alumnus of Rutgers, she readily identifies and has a solid understanding of what are the obstacles commonly encountered by students. Her compassion and genuine concern for students is apparent by the sheer number who seek her out for support and guidance. Cintron always goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students receive the encouragement they need to succeed.

In addition to her responsibilities at the school, Cintron has been very active in the community as well. She has served on numerous boards and committees such as the New Jersey Jazz Institute, The Middlesex County Cultural Heritage Commission, The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association and on the Executive Board of the Rutgers Parents Association, just to mention a few. Cintron earned her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College and her master’s degree in administration, policy & planning from the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University.


Margarita V. DiVall, Pharm.D.
Director of Assessment and Associate Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy
Northeastern University

Dr. Margarita V. DiVall is the director of assessment and an associate clinical professor at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. She received her Pharm.D. in 1999 from Northeastern University and went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Since joining Northeastern University School of Pharmacy faculty in 2000, she has taught and coordinated multiple courses including therapeutics series and an elective course focused on leadership and advocacy. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with an active practice in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she precepts student pharmacists and residents. In her role as the director of assessment, she chairs the assessment committee and oversees all assessment activities at the school.

DiVall’s scholarly interests are in the areas of experiential education, curricular development, assessment, and the impact of clinical pharmacy services on patients. She has published and presented on these topics nationally. Her work on developing and evaluating a comprehensive peer evaluation program was recognized by the 2011 AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment.

As a member of AACP, DiVall chaired the Institutional Research and Assessment Committee and the Council of Faculties Quorum Committee. She is an active member of the Assessment SIG and is currently serving on its executive/ planning committee. DiVall completed AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2011. She also serves as a faculty liaison with ASHP.  


Ann H. Franke, Esq. 
Wise Results, LLC 
Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Ann H. Franke consults nationally with colleges and universities on issues ranging from academic freedom to student affairs. She founded her firm, Wise Results, LLC, in 2005, after holding senior management positions with United Educators Insurance (1997-2005) and the American Association of University Professors (1982-1997). Her consulting engagements have included reviewing policies, conducting investigations, presenting campus workshops, and improving campus governance. She has also served as an expert witness. 

Franke speaks often to national groups. She has been published in, among other periodicals, Trusteeship, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, Change, Minerva, and The Review of Litigation. Franke is a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a trustee of AAUP’s Academic Freedom Fund, and a member of the editorial advisory board for Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment

She earned her bachelor's (magna cum laude), master's (linguistics), and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. from Georgetown University. During her service to AAUP, Franke received tenure. She spent a sabbatical in Australia studying the development of private universities, funded by a Fulbright senior scholar award. By avocation, she is an amateur cellist and chamber music zealot. She resides in Washington, D.C. Franke can be reached at 


Patrick T. Jackson, Ph.D.
Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
School of International Service
American University

Dr. Patrick T. Jackson is currently professor of international relations and associate dean for undergraduate education in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC. He previously taught at Columbia University and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 2001. In 2003-2004, he served as president of the International Studies Association-Northeast; in 2012-2013, he did so again. He is presently the series editor of the University of Michigan Press' book series Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics, and blogs at The Duck of Minerva.

Jackson's research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilizations in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, science fiction, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere. He teaches courses on IR theory, political philosophy, research methodology, the philosophy of social science, and the intersection of popular culture and international politics. He has three times received university awards for the innovative use of technology in the classroom, and was the AU Honors Program's Faculty Member of the Year for 2004-5. He received the School of International Service's Scholar/Teacher of the Year award in 2011, and was named the 2012 Professor of the Year for Washington, DC by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


Melissa S. Medina, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation and Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
The University of Oklahoma

Dr. Melissa S. Medina is the assistant dean for assessment and evaluation and an associate professor at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. She also serves as the director of preparing future faculty for The University of Oklahoma Graduate College. Medina earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology, and master’s and doctorate degree in educational psychology, from Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Medina joined the faculty at The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in August 2000 and directs and coordinates several teaching method courses and teaching certificate programs for faculty, residents, and graduate and professional students nationally, across campus and within the College of Pharmacy. Medina has delivered more than 80 teaching-related presentations, workshops and retreats locally and nationally for faculty and students, and written over 20 peer-reviewed articles on instructional design topics. 

Medina has received The University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment, the AACP Innovations in Teaching award, six teaching awards at the OUHSC College of Pharmacy, including Teacher of the Year in 2005, and received the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education dissertation proposal award. 

Medina’s professional service has been focused on AACP where she currently serves as the chair for the CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) Outcomes Revision Committee. She has also served as the chair of the AACP Academic Affairs committee, chair of the AACP inaugural Assessment SIG, and chair and member of the Women’s Faculty SIG Communications Committee.


Livia R. Macedo, Pharm.D.
Instructional Design and Evaluation Fellow
School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland

Dr. Livia R. Macedo is the instructional design and evaluation fellow at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. She is originally from Brazil. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University in south Florida in 2011, and completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. Currently, Macedo is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in instructional systems development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Macedo assists in teaching abilities lab, PP&T, educational theory and practice, and cultural competence and medical Spanish. She currently practices at the ambulatory care practice at the Antithrombosis Clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and is a preceptor for fourth-year students on their experiential training. Macedo’s scholarly interests include education, instructional design and ambulatory care.

Deborah A. Sturpe, Pharm.D., M.A., BCPS
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland

Dr. Deborah A. Sturpe is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, and completed a specialty residency in family medicine at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy/Mercy Family. Most recently, she earned a Master of Arts degree in instructional systems development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Sturpe leads the School of Pharmacy’s efforts in designing and implementing teaching and assessment activities using standardized patients and objective structured clinical examinations. She has also assisted with redesign of the school’s didactic and experiential curriculums. Her teaching responsibilities include coordination of practice lab coursework, women’s health content throughout the curriculum, and co-coordination of the elective course “Educational Theory and Practice,” which is taught through distance education techniques. She also precepts fourth-year students on their ambulatory care rotations. Sturpe was voted Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Mentor of the Year in 2006. Her scholarly efforts focus in the area of education, instructional design and assessment.

In addition to her teaching and scholarly responsibilities, Sturpe maintains an active ambulatory care practice through work at the University of Maryland Antithrombosis Clinic.


Daniel Willingham, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Virginia

Dr. Daniel Willingham earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Harvard University in 1990. He is currently professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on the brain basis of learning and memory. Today, all of his research concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for American Educator magazine, and is an associate editor of Mind, Brain, and Education. He is also the author of Why Don't Students Like School? (Jossey-Bass) and When Can You Trust the Experts? (Jossey-Bass). His writing on education has been translated into 11 languages.

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