CHS Outstanding Teacher Award
Bruce Culver, Ph.D., R.Ph., Professor of Pharmacology
A new faculty member describes Dr. Culver this way, "He is kind of like Professor Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series because he is wise, soft spoken, and he has an influential presence that makes you feel comfortable. When he speaks, I know I need to pay attention."
When the nominator interviewed students about Dr. Culver’s teaching style, the following themes emerged consistently: 1) He knows his material; 2) he is organized; 3) he is able to explain complex material in terms we understand; and 4) he helps us make connections between previously covered material and material from other courses.
A colleague writes, "Dr. Culver is a truly remarkable person and his exceptional teaching ability is surpassed only by his integrity, humility, warmth, good humor and a broad perspective of life - all of which he brings to his classroom. Therefore, when I support the nomination for Dr. Culver for the outstanding teacher award, I am voicing the opinion of a host of his colleagues, a number of researchers and thousands of his students who were fortunate to be benefited by his knowledge and generosity."
Dr. Culver has been teaching at the University of Wyoming for over 35 years. He has been actively teaching in Pharmacy…but also Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, the Biomedical Science graduate programs; the WWAMI program; and does a tremendous amount of teaching with Outreach in teaching courses for nursing and other health profession students.
The following comment from a student echoes the feelings of many of Dr. Culver's students: "He is one of the best instructors in campus. I wish I had him for all of my classes."
CHS Teaching in Geriatrics Award
Janelle L. Krueger, M.S., R.Ph., Experiential Education Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
"Janelle, in cooperation with a former faculty member, took an opportunity to serve the Cheyenne Family Practice Residency Program and a curricular need for the Doctor of Pharmacy program and turn it into a unique geriatric learning opportunity," a nominator writes. "The course that evolved, PHCY 6270 Intermediate Pharmacy Practicum, incorporates all of the components of an outstanding course—team-based learning, interprofessional health care, reflection, communication skills (both oral and written), service to the community (in this case, the community of vulnerable older adults), and application of a knowledge base."
After visiting patients, students wrote SOAP notes and then were scheduled in groups to give a verbal patient presentation or "rounds" type presentations. Not only was this design excellent for student learning, it also provided patient care and created a multidisciplinary team that was desperately needed. Recommendations from the students were taken back to the physicians at the residency program—creating a "virtual team" of learners and professionals working together. In one year alone, over 200 recommendations to improve patient medication therapy were made regarding the 25-30 patients seen.
A colleague said in her letter of support, "This project was able to fill void in the care of the UWFM-Cheyenne nursing home patients and create a robust IPPE for the P2 class to experience the challenges of caring for geriatric patients through direct patient care. Ms Krueger’s efforts to create and maintain this course have not only educated future pharmacists and family medicine physicians, but have actually impacted the lives of patients living in Cheyenne-area nursing homes."
CHS Meritorious Service Award
Jennifer L. Petrie, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
"Dr. Jennifer Petrie has always been a valuable member of our faculty and is considered by her colleagues as a 'work horse' within the School of Pharmacy and at her practice at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado," a colleague writes. "She is always willing to step forward and take on additional work in times of need and more importantly, can be counted on to get the work done. Jennifer spearheaded the development of a standalone Admissions Committee which has been a large undertaking and she has done a great job in making the committee successful."
"She has chaired several major and time-intensive committees at the school level. She contributes as a faculty mentor to incoming junior faculty members and also serves on faculty search committees and chairs search committees whenever needed. Students know that they can always count on her when service projects (i.e. Health Fair) come up. She is an invaluable resource for training them on patient care activities, and is selfless about offering her time (often on the weekends) to be there for them to help them advance their skills and providing services to patients."
Dr. Petrie has contributed in service engagements at the college level as well, but more recently became involved at the University level. She currently serves as Chair of the Faculty Development Committee (has been a member since 2008) and is an ex-officio member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The chair of Faculty Senate, Michael Barker writes, "It pleases me that Jennifer is being considered for this award because I have rarely seen a faculty member so interested in and dedicated to serving the faculty senate. Jennifer is the Chair of the Senate Faculty Development Committee. Her leadership and timely work on this committee has been exemplary. She is destined to be a leader in the Faculty Senate. Apart from the Faculty Senate, it is clear Jennifer has a passion for service. Her involvement in the many committees, both in the education and professional areas, demonstrates her commitment to students, UW and the community."
CHS Outstanding Staff Award (more than five years of service)
Chloe Jones, Data and Communications Manager
"Chloe has served as an excellent example of professionalism, dedication, graciousness, adaptability and resourcefulness," a colleague writes. "What is normally considered above and beyond is just normal operating procedure for Chloe. What I admire most about Chloe is her ability to develop whatever skill is needed to get the job done. Thanks to Chloe's work on Wyoming Scripts, the school's annual report, she has increased our alumni network, received praise from stakeholders, and is directly responsible for a large alumni donation! No one really knows how much work is put into the website because she makes it look effortless. She has highlighted and promoted the professional program, students, faculty and alumni and has made the website one of our most effective recruitment tools."
In a letter of support, a nominator writes, "Chloe has two full-time positions in the School of Pharmacy. She maintains the programmatic assessment data including administering the surveys and sending out the reports, for the first position. The second position is maintaining the face of the School – the publications, website, and events. In many cases, a person with these responsibilities just handles the logistics. The skill that Chloe possesses that keeps me and others in line is her project and time management ability. She outlines the project and creates drop-dead timelines that always work. She is in charge of maintaining the confidentiality of all of our data. This includes numerous comments made by faculty and students. Not one person is concerned about that trust given to her."