Shirley A. Blanchard, Ph. D., associate professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, will receive the Creighton Students Union Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement at Creighton University’s commencement on May 14.
Blanchard, a faculty member or instructor at the University for more than 14 years, also holds an appointment as associate professor in the School of Medicine. She is known for her ability to bring real-life circumstances to the classroom, exposing students to situations that stimulate maximum learning.
Her involvement in the University extends beyond teaching and includes membership on the Status of Women Committee, the coordinating committee for Health Professions Partnership Initiative, University Interprofessional Committee and the Health Services Research Program.
She has received numerous national, state and community award, including the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association Practitioner of the Year for Leadership in Occupational Therapy Education Award in 2000; the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows, Faith-Based Empowerment for Community Health Disparities Award in 2009; and the University’s Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award in 2004.