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Professors Honored at Faculty Awards Dinner

Four faculty members honored for Teaching and Scholarship
Nov 1, 2012

The annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner was held October 9 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center. During the event, Susan Sample and Xin Guo received the Eberhardt Teacher Scholar award, and Rajul Patel received the United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. Robert Halliwell was also honored as the Faculty Research Lecturer.

Eberhardt Teacher Scholar Award

Through the generosity of the Eberhardt family, the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Awards were established in 1989 to recognize exemplary teaching and scholarship. The award recognizes faculty from the entire University who fulfill the highest aspirations of scholarship and service to students, colleagues and the profession. Only five are awarded each year.

Professor Xin GuoXin Guo is Associate Professor in the Department of  Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has been at Pacific since 2003. Dr. Guo demonstrates a passion for teaching as well as a desire to explore new areas of research. His students appreciate his ability to make complex mathematical concepts understandable. He encourages faculty scholarship and cultivates opportunities for collaboration, with research projects funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. He received the Holmok Cancer Research Grant and is the principal investigator of Teva USA Scholars Grants. Graduate students have praised his mentoring them as researchers and are highly sought by pharmaceutical industry companies upon graduation.

Susan Sample is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science. She has been at Pacific since 1999. Dr. Sample is a talented educator who demonstrates high expectations in the classroom and a dedication to her students that continues far beyond their graduation.  Her research contributions in intercultural relations and peace science have received high recognition. Her 1997 article on arms races is considered a standard work in the field and was designated a "must-read" article in the discipline of International Relations in Oxford Bibliographies (2011). Her 2010 paper on assessing intercultural competence won the Distinguished Paper Award at the national Intercultural Development Inventory Conference.

United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award

The University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. Selection is based on exceptional teaching, concern for students and colleagues, scholarly contribution and high professional and personal standards.

Rajul Patel '01, '06 is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has been Pacific faculty since 2005. Dr. Patel teaches Biostatistics, Pharmacoeconomics, Medicare Part D and Clinical Therapeutics at the School. He is also heavily involved as a faculty coordinator and preceptor of the health care outreach introductory pharmacy practice experiences. Specifically, he is in charge of the Medicare Part D community outreach efforts that help Medicare beneficiaries lower the out-of-pocket prescription medication costs, improve drug therapy outcomes, and enhance the quality-of-life of assisted beneficiaries.

Faculty Research Lecturer

This award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at Pacific.  Nominated and selected by peers, recipients of this prestigious award also receive a monetary award. Dr. Robert Halliwell presented the lecture "Stem Cells in Drug Discovery" as the faculty research lecturer at the awards dinner.

Robert Halliwell is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has been at Pacific since 2002. His primary research interests include work in the neuropharmacology of stem cells. He has developed a high quality neuropharmacology laboratory that has attracted scholars worldwide for collaboration. He is a recognized leader in professional and graduate education.

"These Pacific teacher scholars are exemplars of the teacher scholar model in which high quality undergraduate education and research/scholarship contribute to the creativity, inquisitiveness and deep learning that prepares our students for success," said Provost Maria Pallavicini.