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Dr. A. Wade Boykin

Dr. Clarence E. Curry, Jr.
November 2004

Dr. Clarence E. Curry, Jr., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He has contributed to patient care in various Howard University Hospital Clinics and clinical services, including family practice, neurology, and the Center for Sickle Cell Disease. Because of his outstanding contributions, in 1998, he was named Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (NAP).

Dr. Curry has also distinguished himself as a leader of pharmacy education. He believes that students learn more deeply when they take ownership of their personal growth. As a result, he has structured the five-week Professional Practice rotation in Pharmacy around students’ personal learning objectives as well as his (see a description of his assignment). His dedication to enhancing student learning has led him to explore contemporary learning methodology such as problem-based learning (PBL) and the application of technology in curriculum design. For instance, in the summer of 2000, he was invited to participate as a Summer Scholar at New York University focusing on integrating technology with student-centered learning methods. More recently, he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Delaware’s Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education.

Dr. A. Wade BoykinThe experiences in New York and Delaware have enabled Dr. Curry to collaborate with his colleagues in using technology to support large class format PBL techniques to develop pharmacy practice-related skills. Supported by a Fund for Academic Excellence Grant, he and his colleague, Dr. Valerie Hogue, redesigned their Pharmacy Dispensing course, submitted the results to the Samford University PBL Peer-Reviewed Course Portfolio Project, and won a grant. With Dr. Hogue, Dr. Curry is also directing The Teaching and Learning Faculty Scholars Program, whose primary goal is to provide Pharmacy faculty with an opportunity to enhance learning through the scholarly application of teaching and learning methodology.

Because of his scholarly teaching, Dr. Curry has received a 1993 Searle Fellowship in Pharmacy Program Mentor Award and the 1995 Howard University College of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences Alumni Association Faculty Recognition Award. He has received three honored faculty awards from students during his years at Howard, and in 1998, he was named to the Sigma Xi College of Distinguished Lecturers.

 

 

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