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Creighton’s Victoria Roche to Receive Distinguished Educator Award

Creighton’s Victoria Roche to Receive Distinguished Educator Award

Victoria F. Roche, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy sciences and senior associate dean at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, will receive the 2007 Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award.

The award will be presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) during its annual meeting, July 14-18.

“Outstanding educators uniquely blend our mission of discovering, learning and caring for students and society,” said Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., AACP executive vice president and chief executive officer. “The field as a whole is celebrating (Dr. Roche’s) outstanding work and achievement. And, by telling her story, we are educating others about the important role pharmacy educators play in improving the health of people all across the country.”

Roche has been instructing Creighton students in medicinal chemistry; pharmaceutical sciences principles; independent research; and Native American culture, health, and service learning for the past 25 years. She also is involved in educational research, focusing on the effective instruction of medicinal chemistry to professional students and fostering interest in careers focused on underserved populations.

She served as AACP president, 2000-2001; and national president of the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, 1998-2000. Roche has earned AACP Innovations in Teaching awards twice as well as two honorable mentions for chemistry education and service-learning innovations. She earned the association’s Lyman Award for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2000.

The Chalmers award is named for the late Robert K. Chalmers, a former AACP president and distinguished educator.