On October 25, 2015, Xiaoling Li, PhD, was recognized by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for his outstanding leadership. The honor of the AAPS Outstanding Educator Award, sponsored by Biogen Idec, is bestowed upon individuals “who have made extensive contributions to the teaching of pharmaceutical sciences.” The award, which is presented every two years, brings national recognition to the quality of education provided by the dedicated Pacific faculty.
Bhaskara Jasti ’95, MPharm, PhD proudly extended congratulations to his colleague. Dr. Jasti explains that “Dr. Li was chosen for this award based on the his effectiveness as an educator in both professional and graduate programs, curriculum development, and creativity in pedagogical methodologies and strategies. The demonstrated successes of his former graduate students and Professor Li’s honors and awards bestowed upon him for teaching excellence, his zest and passion for international educational outreach, only a few can duplicate his magnitude of impact in this area, are great examples of fostering an institutional culture conducive to professional learning. Creative, caring, and quiet, Dr. Li richly deserves this AAPS recognition.”
In attendance in Orlando, Florida, was Dean Oppenheimer who expressed that he was “bursting with pride.” Oppenheimer added, “This well deserved recognition notes his leadership in both his research and his mentorship of not only his students, but also many graduate students, through his leadership in our PCSP graduate program.”
Dr. Li expressed that he was both humbled and honored to receive this award. He believes this award not only recognizes his efforts, but is also “a recognition to the students, post docs, and visiting scholars who have worked with me in my career. My colleagues and Dean Oppenheimer at Pacific are significant part of this award. They create an enjoyable environment for me to teach and conduct scientific research.”
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold