April 25, 2014
Dr. Bostwick, Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry, received the College of Pharmacy's 2014 Teaching Excellence Award.

Jolene Bostwick, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, has been selected as the recipient for the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award. 

Dr. Bostwick is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her PharmD degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, Dr. Bostwick completed a specialty residency in psychiatry with Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colorado. Within a few years of leaving Ann Arbor, she returned home to her alma mater. Since returning, she has developed clinical services in both inpatient and ambulatory psychiatry.

Dr. Bostwick uses her passion and enthusiasm for psychiatric pharmacy to engage and motivate her students and aspires to apply what she has learned in clinical practice to enhance her effectiveness as a teacher. She strives to embed students in her clinical practice, and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications, many of which were co-authored by students or other trainees, including pharmacy residents. Dr. Bostwick is an active leader in the the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, serving as Chair of the Student Committee at the national level. 

The College’s Teaching Excellence Award recognizes exceptional teaching in the PharmD and PhD programs. Selection criteria include: clear and logical presentation of material, fair and appropriate evaluations of student performance, ability to motivate students, responsiveness to students’ needs, and innovation in teaching methods or content.

"Teaching, whether formal or informal, didactic or clinical, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, and I am incredibly grateful to the students and colleagues who nominated me for this honor," states Dr. Bostwick.  

Dr. Bostwick also received the P1 Student Appreciation Award in 2013 and 2014, which acknowledges the efforts and dedication of chosen faculty members. The annual Student Appreciation Awards, sponsored by Phi Delta Chi, are awarded every year at the end of the winter semester. Students are asked to nominate professors that have helped or influenced them in any significant way. Votes are then tallied by class, and the winner of votes from each class receives an award. 

"I strive to teach the importance of considering other people's perspectives. The ability to empathize with others can help so many aspects of our personal and professional lives. This is what I try to practice myself, and what I try to impart on my students. I have learned that sharing my enthusiasm and passion for pharmacy are keys to being a successful teacher. What matters most to me is how I make students feel when they interact with me, whether we are inside or outside of the classroom," ends Dr. Bostwick. 

Congratulations to Dr. Bostwick on this wonderful accomplishment!