Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD
Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD

Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD

Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Expertise/Specializations

  • Drugs mechanism of action, clinical toxicology, cultural competency, ethics, pharmacy practice, distance education

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Pharmacy Sciences

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • Ethics for healthcare Professionals, Chemical Basis of Drug Action, Clinical Toxicology

Biography

Dr. Alsharif received his Ph.D. from Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Toxicology, 1992; M.S. degree in pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), 1988 and Pharm.D. from UNMC, 1987.  He joined CUMC in 1994.  Dr. Alsharif is currently a full Professor of Pharmacy Sciences.  He served as the Associate Director of the Web-Based Pharmacy Pathway (2001-2006). Dr. Alsharif was acknowledged by his students in winning outstanding teacher award and by his colleagues in the school of pharmacy and health professions by winning scholarly, teaching and service awards.  Dr. Alsharif was also the recipient of Creighton University John P. Schlegel Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation (2013) and the Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship (2014). In 2016, he received the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Dr. Alsharif is instructor of record for courses in Clinical Toxicology, ethics for healthcare professionals and Cultural Proficiency for Health Care Professionals.  He is also co-coordinator of the Chemical Basis of Drug Actions courses.  In addition, he contributes lectures in communication skills and provides support in the skills lab courses.  He is a certified immunizer and an immunization trainer. Dr. Alsharif has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) since 1995.  He is a winner of the Innovation in Teaching Award Competition, 2000, 2006 and received an honorable mention for the same Award in 2002 and 2004 from AACP.  He served as a member and officer of several Sections and SIGs in AACP.  In 2013, he was elected as chair elect for the Global Pharmacy Education (GPE-SIG).  As chair in 2014, he led a group of colleagues to author four special papers on current practices in Global/International APPE, hosting international pharmacy Students at U.S. Institutions and Service Trips.  He also coordinated webinars on different aspects of the above topics and finalized a strategic plan for the SIG to promote the vision and mission of the GPE SIG.  Dr. Alsharif is the originator of the Structurally Based Therapeutic Evaluation concept in teaching Medicinal Chemistry.  He has published several manuscripts and presented nationally and internationally on the use of this concept in the classroom to provide clinical relevance to the teaching of medicinal chemistry and other science courses.  Other research interests include projects to measure how provider bias (pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technician) affect how services are provided to patients from diverse cultures and how provider bias may contribute to health care disparities.  He also conducted a research project on factors that influence health and healing practices for the Muslim Patient.  He has presented numerous presentations on his research locally, nationally and internationally.

Education

  • B.A. (UNO); Pharm.D. (UNMC); M.S. (UNMC); PhD (Creighton University)

Certifications

Immunizer and immunization trainer

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Alsharif, Naser Z., Qi, Yongyue A Three-Year Study of the Impact of Instructor Attitude, Enthusiasm, and Teaching Style on Student Learning in a Medicinal Chemistry Course, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78, Article 132 (13 pages), 2014
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. Knowledge, Skills-and Accountability?, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78, Article 159 (2 pages), 2014
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. Curriculum Integration: A Self-Driven Continuum, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78, Article 2 (2 pages), 2014
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. Intraprofessional Sensitivity: A Must for the Academy and the Profession, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77, 42, 2013
  • Alsharif, N. Z. Globalization of Pharmacy Education: What is Needed?, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 76, 77, 2012
  • Alsharif, N. Z. Cultural humility and interprofessional education and practice: a winning combination, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 76, 120, 2012
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. Faculty Members' Enthusiasm: A Blessing or a Curse?, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75, 23-23, 2011
  • Alsharif, Naser Z., Roche, Victoria F. Promoting key interactions in a distance medicinal chemistry course, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2, 114-125, 2010
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. A Winning Combination: Basic/Clinical Science Research and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74, 112-112, 2010
  • Alsharif, Naser Z. Drug structure and treatment algorithms: treatment of hypertension, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2, 52-66, 2010
  • Hamilton, W. R., Padron, V. A., Turner, P. D., Walters, R. W., Alsharif, N. Z., Griess, A. L., Shafer, A. L., Makoid, M. C. An instructional model for a nonprescription therapeutics course., American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73, 131, 2009
  • Alsharif, Naser Z., Henriksen, Brian Electronic Integration of Prerequisite Course Content, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73, 150, 2009
  • Hamilton, William R., Padron, Victor A., Turner, Paul D., Walters, Ryan W., Alsharif, Naser Z., Griess, Andrea L., Shafer, Amanda L., Makoid, Michael C. An Instructional Model for a Nonprescription Therapeutics Course, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73, 131, 2009
  • Alsharif, N. Z., Galt, K. A. Evaluation of an instructional model to teach clinically relevant medicinal chemistry in a campus and a distance pathway, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72, 31, 2008
  • Alsharif, N. Z. Medicinal chemistry and therapeutic relevance of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 71, 123-123, 2007
  • Alsharif, N. Z., Galt, K. A., Mehanna, A., Chapman, R., Ogunbadeniyi, A. M. Instructional model to teach clinically relevant medicinal chemistry, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 70, 91, 2006
  • Alsharif, N. Z., Schwartz, A. H., Malone, P. M., Jensen, G., Chapman, T., Winters, A. Educational mentor program in a Web-based doctor of pharmacy degree pathway, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 70, 31, 2006
  • Alsharif, N. Z., Roche, V. F., Ogunbadeniyi, A. M., Chapman, R., Bramble, J. D. Evaluation of performance and learning parity between campus-based and web-based medicinal chemistry courses, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 69, 33, 2005
  • Alsharif, N. Z., Hassoun, E. A. Protective effects of vitamin A and vitamin E succinate against 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-induced body wasting, hepatomegaly, thymic atrophy, production of reactive oxygen species and DNA damage in C57BL/6J mice, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, 95, 131-138, 2004

Presentations

  • Faculty enthusiasm and student learning. Time out for lunch session sponsored by the Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment. -Podium presentation, 2012
  • Facilitation and evaluation of online discussions. Time out for lunch session sponsored by the Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment. -Podium presentation, 2012
  • Culture Competency and the Muslim Woman. Diversity Series. University of Nebraska at Omaha. -Podium presentation, 2011
  • Generational Learning Styles: Working with Millenial Students. One of four faculty members on a panel presentation and discussion. Creighton University. -Podium presentation, 2011
  • Islamic Perspectives on Bioethics. Mercy Medical Center Ethics Conference. Sioux City, Iowa. -Podium presentation, 2011
  • Medicine, Ethics and Islam. Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Creighton University. -Podium presentaton, 2011
  • Death and Dying in Islam. University of Nebraska Omaha, Hospice Course. -Podium presentation, 2011
  • Teaching as inquiry: SoTL in practice: Examples of educational scholarship. 2011 Summer Initiative for Teaching Excellence in the Health Sciences (SITE). One of two faculty members on a panel discussion. -Podium presentation, 2011
  • SoftChalk: Supporting Pedagogy and Student Learning. Creighton University, SPAHP -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Cultural Considerations for the Muslim Patient. Dental Cultural Awareness Seminar. Creighton University, Skutt Student Center. -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Islam and Arab Culture: What healthcare professionals need to know? Pharmacy Department. UNMC -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Islam and Arab Culture: What Do Healthcare Professionals Need to Know? Pathology Department. UNMC -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Promoting the Four Important Interactions in Distance Education Creighton University, Skutt Student Center -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Facilitation and Evaluation of On-line Discussion. Creighton University, Skutt Student Center. -Podium presentation, 2010
  • Distance Education: The ABC’s of Distance Course Development. Creighton University, Harper Center -Podium presentation, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  •    Acute and Chronic Toxicity of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons
       Culture Proficiency, provider bias and Health Care Disparities
       Distance Education
       Educational Research (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)
       Effective Instructional Methodology
       Learning and Performance Parity between Campus and Distance Students
       Oxidative Stress in the Toxicity of Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)
       Service Learning

Current Research Projects

  • Provider bias, healtcare disparity, healh and healing practices of people of faith; distance education; scholarship of teaching and elarning