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

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 her master's and doctorate degrees in educational psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Medina joined the faculty at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy in August 2000 and directs and coordinates several teaching methods 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 over 80 teaching-related presentations, workshops, and retreats locally and nationally for faculty and students and written over 30 peer-reviewed articles related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Medina has received the University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Assessment Award, the AACP Teaching Innovation 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 concentrated in AACP, where she is the chair-elect for the Women's Faculty SIG. She also served as the 2013 chair for the CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) Outcomes Revision Committee, the 2012 chair of the AACP Academic Affairs committee focused on scholarly teaching, the 2011 chair of the AACP inaugural Assessment SIG, 2011 chair of the Women's Faculty SIG Communications Committee, a member of IRAC (Institutional Research and Assessment Committee), and a member of the AAMS accreditation software pilot program.

Cecilia M. Plaza, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Senior Director of Academic Affairs
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Cecilia M. Plaza is currently the senior director of academic affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Her activities in the area of academic affairs focus on curricular and institutional quality improvement, instructional design, and assessment. She has program development responsibilities focusing on faculty development in teaching and assessment. Plaza is the head of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) which is responsible for producing educational outcomes for pharmacy graduates and associated resources. Plaza received her Pharm.D. in 2000, her master's in pharmaceutical sciences in 2003, and her doctor of philosophy degree in 2006 from the University of Arizona. Her M.S. and Ph.D. have a concentration in pharmaceutical education with a minor in educational psychology and included research in experiential education and curricular evaluation. She is a 2000–2002 Kappa Epsilon-American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Nellie Wakeman Graduate Fellowship Scholar, as well as a 2005–2006 AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellow.



Brenda L. Gleason, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean
Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow, Office of the President
Associate Professor
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Dr. Brenda Gleason is the associate dean for academic affairs, faculty fellow in the Office of the President, and associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She earned her bachelor's degree in pharmacy in 1997 and her Pharm.D. in 1998 from STLCOP. She completed an ASHP-accredited primary care residency at the John Cochran VAMC in 1999. In her administrative role, Gleason led faculty in the design and development of a new Pharm.D. curriculum at STLCOP, is responsible for implementing and assessing the curriculum, and leads accreditation efforts at her college. Gleason has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 1999 and completed the organization's Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2011–2012. Gleason is also a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy where she is a faculty member in the Academy Teaching and Learning Certificate Program and formerly served as secretary/treasurer of ACCP's Education and Training Practice and Research Network. She was ACCP's appointee to the 2013 CAPE Outcomes Advisory Panel. Gleason serves as an accreditation site evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She is the co-author of the textbook, Contemporary Drug Information–An Evidence-Based Approach and has several publications and presentations in the areas of ability-based education and curriculum design and assessment.

Anita N. Jackson, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Rhode Island

Dr. Anita N. Jackson completed her Pharm.D. in 1998 at The University of Rhode Island, followed by two post-graduate residencies, a PGY-1 in pharmacy practice at The University of Rhode Island (1999) and a PGY-2 in primary care at Coastal Medical (2000). She is currently a clinical assistant professor at The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Her main area of teaching is in the Integrated Pharmacy Laboratory I, II and III, which center around case-based learning, patient simulation activities, objective structured clinical examination and patient counseling. Didactically, she delivers content in the Pharm.D. curriculum in the areas of renal assessment, acute renal insufficiency and drug-induced renal disease, fluid electrolyte and acid-base disorders, chronic kidney disease, GERD and peptic ulcer disease, and cultural competence and health disparities. Jackson's clinical practice site is Eleanor Slater Hospital, which is part of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Jackson currently serves as chair-elect of the Health Disparities and Cultural Competence SIG for AACP and president-elect of the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association. She also serves as the faculty advisor for URI COP's Chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), a student organization dedicated to community outreach programs and to the promotion/advancement of minority representation in pharmacy, and as the faculty advisor for URI COP's Spanish club, a student group dedicated to developing patient counseling and interviewing skills in Spanish.

Nanci Murphy
Associate Dean and Executive Head, Office of Academic Student Programs
School of Pharmacy
University of Washington

Dr. Nanci Murphy is associate dean and executive head of the Office of Academic and Student Programs at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She is a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy with practice interests in geriatrics, interprofessional education, and healthcare leadership. Murphy has completed the University of Washington's Geriatrics Pharmacy Practice Certificate Program, the Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics Teaching Scholars Program, the University of Toronto's Educating Health Professions in Interprofessional Care Certificate Program, and is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. She has served as faculty mentor and advisor for several award-winning projects (e.g., AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award, AACP Transformative Community Service Award, Project CHANCE, PLS Leadership Challenge), and received the APhA-ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award, the Gibaldi Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Washington State Pharmacy Association's Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award. Murphy founded the Center for Pharmacy Leadership and Professional Excellence and the Bridges to Health Patient Advocacy Center, both of which foster student leadership and advocacy in the community. She is the current chair of the AACP Leadership Development SIG and a member of the Council of Deans Task Force on Professional Identity Formation. Past service to AACP includes: Council of Deans Administrative Board, Student Services SIG chair, Curriculum SIG chair, chair of the Council of Deans-Council of Faculties Healthy Student Task Force, member of the Academic Affairs Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the Assessment SIG Executive Planning Committee, the APhA-ASP AACP Joint Committee on Student Professionalism, the Council of Deans Innovations in Health Care Education Task Force, the Institutional Research Advisory Committee, and the CAPE Outcomes (Public Health) Pharmacy Practice Committee. Murphy co-directs the University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice, and is a member of the WWAMI/AHEC Advisory Board and the Health Sciences Service Learning Committee. She has served on the Washington State Pharmacy Association's Board of Directors and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy Task Force on Practitioner Competency.

Evan T. Robinson, R.Ph., Ph.D.

College of Pharmacy
Western New England University

Dr. Evan T. Robinson is the dean at the Western New England University College of Pharmacy where he has served since 2008. As the founding dean for the College of Pharmacy, Robinson has been involved in a variety of the foundational considerations of the program's development including accreditation, assembly of the leadership team, facilities design, academic master plan development and implementation, marketing and advancement activities, and faculty, staff, and learner recruitment. Robinson received his B.S. in pharmacy and M.S. in pharmacy administration from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from Auburn University, the Department of Pharmacy Care Systems. Robinson participated in the development of two new schools of pharmacy prior to joining Western New England University. He was the director of the Division of Technology and Education at Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. Within this role, Robinson led the launch of a non-traditional, online Pharm.D. program delivered nationally, as well as contributed to the implementation of the entry-level Pharm.D. program. In 2004, Robinson joined the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy as the founding assistant dean for academic affairs to assist in the development of that program, focusing on the academic and technology aspects of the implementation. Robinson has published over 40 peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, as well as engaged in over 50 presentations and posters on a variety of topics; many in the area of the impact of technology on teaching, learning and assessment.

Elena M. Umland
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Jefferson School of Pharmacy
Thomas Jefferson University 

Elena M. Umland is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of pharmacy practice at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. Throughout her academic career, she has held elected leadership positions for the ACCP Women’s Health PRN (1998–2001) and the AACP Women’s Faculty SIG (2013–present). In 2005, she received the Barbara H. Korberly Endowed Professorship in Women’s Health and Leadership by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is a 2007 AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program graduate, has served on the AACP Dean’s Task Force on Achieving Institutional Excellence (2009), and chaired the Sub-Task Force that developed the AACP preceptor survey as a member of the Institutional Research Advisory Committee (2006). In her time at TJU, she has focused much attention on the development and delivery of interprofessional education. Specifically, she has been actively involved in assessment at TJU by serving as member and recently Chair on the Research and Evaluation Committee of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education and an invited member of the JCIPE Advisory Committee as well as the planning committee for the Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Collaborative Practice conference in the fall of 2014. In addition to publications in the area of IPE, she has been invited to present the results of TJU’s IPE assessment activities, as well as her involvement in the development of IPE at TJU at national meetings including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Indian University Purdue University Annual Assessment Institute, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care: 3rd Annual Innovations Conference. She has also presented consistently at the International IPE Collaborating Across Borders meetings.

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