Brie Dunn MUSC '08 R '09 '10, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences on the University of South Carolina (USC) campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP), was named the 2014 ACCP New Educator of the Year and will receive the award during the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, October 12-15, 2014.
The ACCP New Educator Award is given to recognize and honor a new educator for outstanding contributions to the discipline of teaching and to the education of health care practitioners. Dunn, who specializes in cardiology at the Dorn VA Medical Center, received her PharmD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and completed two years of residency training at MUSC. She has excelled in both didactic and experiential teaching and serves as a leader in faculty development, particularly in the area of instructional technology.
In his recommendation letter, Brandon Bookstaver identified her leadership in USC’s efforts to transition from paper-based assessment to electronic (online) testing, serving as SCCP’s liaison with the University IT department. She also created and facilitated a number of faculty development sessions to ease the transition to a Blackboard platform for e-testing, which the College is increasingly incorporating into the curriculum.
“Now labeled as CPOS’s ‘IT and Blackboard guru,’ Brie unofficially has become the expert and “go to” person when anyone has questions of implementation,” said Bookstaver, vice-chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences (CPOS). Her push with technology also recently included implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) system into CPOS’s clinical assessment and laboratory sequence.
“She has consistently received positive evaluations from both students and residents and received two teaching awards from pharmacy students last year – including campus teacher of the year," said Kelly Ragucci, chair of the CPOS department. "In addition, her yearly peer evaluations from faculty colleagues are excellent. It is clear that she brings energy and enthusiasm to all of her teaching efforts, most notably coordinating one of our rigorous pharmacotherapy courses and incorporating a simulated electronic medical record into our courses. Dr. Dunn has developed an online complementary and alternative medicine course as well as a course titled ‘Preventing Childhood Obesity’ on the USC campus. I cannot think of any junior faculty member more dedicated to teaching pharmacy students and making certain that our curriculum continues to progress effectively.”
In addition to being honored as 2012–13 Teacher of the Year and 2013 P2 Professor of the Year, Dunn has been recognized as an MUSC College of Medicine Teacher of the Month. She is also actively engaged in pedagogical research and scholarship and has presented her work at national professional and scientific meetings.