Kimberley J. Begley, PharmD, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, received the Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship award during Creighton’s annual Founders Week Convocation on Feb. 7.
The award, given in recognition of Creighton’s long history of advancing teaching as a scholarly endeavor, celebrates Creighton’s Jesuit pedagogical traditions and educational “best practices.” It is an all-University award that recognizes excellence based on “evidence of effective teaching.”
Recipients must hold a full-time faculty appointment, with the rank of at least associate professor, and must evidence: an established body of work as an educator scholar; an active and consistent contribution to the instruction in his/her own discipline; and most importantly, a demonstrated impact on (educational) practices in one’s discipline(s).
Begley was cited for her outstanding work in both the Pharmacy Practice Skills Laboratories and her Interprofessional Education efforts. Begley’s goal “has always been to make students’ laboratory experience as ‘real world’ as possible,” one of her nominators noted. Another said, “Dr. Begley has developed innovative teaching and assessment methods within the lab courses, and she incorporated medication therapy management and QS1 pharmacy management systems software into the labs so students can gain valuable experience and be workforce-ready to provide pharmacy services.”
Having developed literally hundreds of “up-to-date lab exercises,” some in consultation with her former students, Begley’s longitudinal skills-development experiences offer a curricular structure for the use of embedded assessments. Over five years of data demonstrate that there “were significant improvements in student learning (and scores), despite the increasing difficulty and complexity of the medication problems presented,” one of her nominators said.
“At Creighton University, we are called as educators to incorporate the teachings of St. Ignatius in our interactions with students, both inside and outside the classroom. Underpinning Ignatian spirituality is the conviction that God is present in everything,” reflected Begley after being selected for the award.
“We must endeavor to engage our students in an educational process that provides robust academic instruction, while helping them find God in their everyday lives. By example, we motivate them to embrace service as a means to effect positive changes that bring about social justice and the greater good, or magis, in our world.”
She added, “I am honored to be the recipient of the Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award, and I look forward to the continued privilege of providing a Jesuit education to my students.”
Begley was also cited for having a recognized impact on national disciplinary practices and pedagogies and an overall impressive body of work as an educator and scholar.