Holdford receives inaugural distinguished scholar award


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
By: Cynthia McMullen

 

David Holdford (left), recipient of 2016 AACP Distinguished Teacher Scholar Award, and VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

Professor David Holdford (left), recipient of 2016 AACP Distinguished Teacher Scholar Award, and VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

VCU School of Pharmacy professor David Holdford has received an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award. The newly established award was presented during the opening general session of AACP’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

“This selection by your peers signifies their recognition of you as a gifted teacher, scholar and academic leader,” wrote Lucinda Maine, executive vice president and CEO of the national organization. AACP represents more than 130 pharmacy schools and colleges across the country, including more than 6,400 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 graduate students.

The Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award was designed to recognize excellence in academic pharmacy faculty who engage in and/or support scholarly teaching and advance the scholarship of teaching and learning.

“Certainly your contributions to pharmacy education are worthy of such recognition,” added Maine.

Holdford, one of four recipients of the award nationwide, has been asked to helm the 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award selection committee. All recipients will be asked to submit a Viewpoint article for publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Among Holdford’s recent recognitions are the 2015 AACP Rufus A. Lyman Award  for best paper published in the AJPE: “Is a Pharmacy Student the Customer or the Product?” He also received the 2015 APhA-APRS Wiederholt Prize for best paper published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association in economic, social or administrative sciences: “Adherence and Persistence Associated With an Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization Program.” His book “Marketing for Pharmacists: Providing and Promoting Professional Services” is in its third edition.

In addition to his responsibilities in teaching and advising on the Pharm.D. and graduate degree levels, Holdford serves as director of international programs for the School of Pharmacy. His published research ranges from health outcomes and pharmaceutical marketing to leadership development.