Dr. Melissa Holland recognized as CPHS Educator of the Year

Dr. Melissa Holland

Dr. Melissa Holland (’07 PharmD/MSCR), associate professor and vice chair of Curriculum & Education Development for Clinical Research, has been honored with the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ Educator of the Year Award for work done in the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who are distinguished as educators by their provision of outstanding intellectual, moral, and social instructions to learners, including students, residents, fellows and faculty peers. The recipient of the Educator Award demonstrates a concern for education and evidence of distinguished accomplishments as an educator.

Holland commented, “I am truly grateful to have been nominated and awarded the CPHS Educator of the Year Award. To be recognized as a distinguished educator for the College is such an honor! Everything we do as educators is for the good of our students. My role with the Clinical Research curriculum has afforded me the opportunity to ensure we are delivering a product that will best serve them, aligned with the CPHS mission dedicated to their growth, development, achievements and educational outcomes.  We are all called to be servant leaders for our students to prepare them for purposeful lives and meaningful service.”

She is the faculty advisor for the dual PharmD/MSCR program and co-faculty advisor for the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP-ACCP) chapter. She serves as vice chair of the CPHS Curriculum & Education Development Committee and also serves on the IPE Education Steering Committee, the IPE Continuing Education Committee, and the IPE Research Subcommittee. Holland has also earned the Mabel Powell Excellence in Online Course Design certification.

Comments from students about Dr. Holland:

“I really enjoyed this professor’s enthusiasm and understanding of the material.” 

 “Dr. Holland was great to work with. She was always available whenever I needed her.”

 “I have become a better writer and my thinking skills have improved greatly while working with her.”

Holland was previously recognized with the 2019 CPHS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.