Dr. Lauren O'Donnell Receives 2019 President's Award For Excellence In Teaching

President's Award Dr. Lauren O'Donnell, associate professor of pharmacology, received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Duquesne University President Ken Gormley at the Annual Faculty Reception on Sept. 17.

The President's Faculty Award for Excellence is the highest award that the University grants to faculty members and recognizes distinguished contributions to the University in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service to the mission of the University.

The recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching must be teaching a full course load or its equivalent and demonstrate a consistent pattern of excellence in teaching based on endorsements from the Dean. Additionally, the recipient must be aligned with the Duquesne University mission, providing evidence of effectiveness in the balance of this with other faculty expectations.

Dr. O'Donnell is the third School of Pharmacy faculty member to win the award in the past seven years and the first female faculty member from the School of Pharmacy to win the award.

"I am honored to receive this award, especially when I consider the pharmacy colleagues and mentors who have won this before me (Drs. Harrold, Gangee, and Wildfong)," she said. "But mostly, I am so pleased to be able to work with our Pharm.D. students, whose engagement and enthusiasm for science have led me to become a better educator.

25 Years

Dr. O'Donnell is active in educational initiatives for the American Society of Virology and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). In 2017, she won the AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award.

Also at the reception, School of Pharmacy faculty members Robert Laux, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Dr. Christine O'Neil, assistant dean of curricular development and interprofessional education, were recognized for 25 years of service to Duquesne University.

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