Monash University names its first Ware Fellow in Pharmacy Education and Leadership
After a worldwide search, Doctor Kayley Lyons has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious John and Nariel Ware Fellowship in Pharmacy Education and Leadership.
The Ware Fellowship is a novel two-year postdoctoral position. It focuses on investigations of contemporary instructional practices alongside a leadership development program. Endowed by long-time friends and patrons of the Faculty, John and Nariel Ware, the program is designed to accelerate the Fellow’s career trajectory, building the capacity of future academic pharmacy leaders.
Lyons is a “double doctor,” holding both Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from several renowned universities in North America. In fact, Doctor Lyons’ PhD in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the Faculty’s PharmAlliance partners. Doctor Lyons also holds a Master of Science in Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Her thesis project characterised student and group motivation during collaborative learning experiences.
The Ware Fellow’s major project will be the evaluation of the Faculty’s BPharm(Hons)/MPharm course. Working with Professor Tina Brock and key members of the educational team, Doctor Lyons’ experience with models for investigating collaboration behaviours will be key for assessing the core skills of the new course. In addition, her expertise examining highly motivated teams will be valuable to the Faculty’s key educational collaborations, such as the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE), PharmAlliance, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Professor Brock commented on this important recruitment by stating, “Kayley’s skills in pharmacy, leadership, and education will be a tremendous asset to the Monash pharmacy education team. I am excited about the opportunity to amplify her fellowship experience through the connection to John and Nariel, who have been such amazing supporters of the Faculty and the profession.”
Doctor Lyons will join the Faculty from January 2019.