Grant Targets Pharmacy Education Innovation

by Hannah Fair, Student Public Relations Writer

Dr. Andrew Straw, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Cedarville University, received one of 10 $4,000 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grants offered from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The SOTL grants are sponsored by AACP and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). They provide research funding grants for active members of AACP engaging in educational research.

Other schools whose professors earned an AACP SOTL grant were the University of Georgia, Mercer University, University of Texas and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“They were specifically looking for research that addressed one of the association's strategic priorities, which is ‘Innovation in Education,’”noted Straw. “With my use of peer instruction in the classroom to deliver course content, this opportunity was a great fit.”

The grant will be used to fund software used for this teaching method, pay for a research assistant and cover travel expenses to present research findings. “I think this grant reflects the importance of innovation in the school of pharmacy — from clinical practice to each day in the classroom,” Straw said.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.