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School of Pharmacy's Dr. Kerr is IPhA Educator of the Year

October 14, 2015

A Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) faculty member and an alumnus were honored at the Illinois Pharmacists Association’s (IPhA) annual conference in Chicago in late September. Dr. Jessica Kerr, assistant chair and associate professor in the SOP, received the Educator of the Year Award for her leadership in education and involvement in IPhA.

Kerr said her involvement with IPhA has not only made her a better educator, but also a better pharmacist, as well. Her IPhA membership has created opportunities for her to deliver regional, state and national educational materials to pharmacists, pharmacy students and technicians in order to enhance their continued professional development.

“As faculty members, we strive to create new futures for our students,” said Gireesh Gupchup, SOP dean. “Dr. Kerr embodies this philosophy. She is not only an excellent teacher, but also serves as a role model for young student pharmacists. She encourages students to challenge the boundaries of current practice and strive for excellence.”

Dr. Goldie Peters, a graduate of the SOP 2009 inaugural class, was presented with the Distinguished Young Pharmacist/Edmond Barcus Award.

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