Harding University

July 10, 2014

Pharmacy professor selected for scholars program

Dr. Ashley Earley, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was selected by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation as a participant in the foundation’s 2014-15 Faculty Scholar’s Program.

Earley was one of eight faculty members from pharmacy schools and colleges across the nation chosen for the program, which is in its third year. The program is designed to educate faculty at pharmacy schools and colleges of pharmacy about effective and meaningful community pharmacy-based patient care research. The program also connects participants with community pharmacy and research experts to aid in the furthering of their knowledge.

“We are excited to have this group of highly-qualified pharmacy professors as the 2014-2015 NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars,” said NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger. “We are confident that they will provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of patient care, while enhancing their research skills to further the greater goal of improving public health.” 

In addition to working with research mentors from University of Pittsburgh, Earley will receive research support on campus from Harding University College of Pharmacy faculty including Associate Professor Rodney Richmond, Assistant Professor Jean Anne Mire, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice Julie Kissack.

As a faculty scholar, Earley, who is the only participant in the state, will receive a research grant to launch a patient-focused research project created in a community pharmacy setting. She will be conducting her research project at Joe’s Pharmacy Express in Searcy, which is her clinical practice site.

The yearlong program will incorporate a variety of teaching methods including Web-based lecture content, online discussion forms, frequent conference call conversations, individual mentoring and in-person meetings. The program will provide Earley with the opportunity to work alongside well-seasoned researchers and gain invaluable knowledge and resources to strengthen the University’s College of Pharmacy.