The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) has named Creighton University professor Naser Zaki Alsharif, PhD’92, PharmD, the 2016 AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar.
The annual award goes to a gifted teacher, scholar and academic leader for contributions to pharmacy education, based on nominations and selections by AACP members. Alsharif, who has been a member of AACP since 1995, received the award at the annual AACP meeting July 24.
“The pursuit of original discovery is not limited to our main expertise gained in graduate schools or clinical residencies,” Alsharif said. “As educators, original discovery is very much part of what we do on a daily, quarterly, semester, yearly and career basis in our classrooms or programs.”
Alsharif, a professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions since 1994, 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, meeting ability-based outcomes, integration of knowledge and interdisciplinary teaching strategies.
In the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Alsharif teaches chemical basis of drug action (commonly known as medicinal chemistry), clinical toxicology and cultural proficiency for health care professionals. He also contributes to the communication skills course; the course sequence in skills lab for PharmD students; and the graduate course, analytical aspects of pharmaceutical sciences.
Alsharif’s research focuses on innovative methods for curriculum integration, instructional methodology, distance education and technology and student learning. Other research includes projects to sensitize healthcare providers to beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, which could negatively impact delivery of services to diverse populations and contribute to health care disparities. Alsharif also conducted a research project on factors that influence health and healing practices for the Muslim patient. He has presented numerous times on his research locally, nationally and internationally. Alsharif was chosen for the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award Competition in 2000 and 2006. He received the Creighton University Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship in 2014.
A longstanding advocate for Palestinian-American and Muslim-American issues, he has served on various civic organizations to promote understanding and acceptance among people and has given many presentations to various groups for more than 25 years.