Motivating lessons make drug information
specialist Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year

News release (June 24, 2013)

Robert Beckett is passionate about sharing drug information with students, faculty, northeast Indiana and even other schools. That joy of career motivates everyone around him, say his colleagues and students at Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy.

Beckett is the College’s first Teacher of the Year, nominated by his peers and students at the Fort Wayne campus. He joined the faculty in August 2011 as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and interim director of the Drug Information Center.

“He gives off a genuine vibe of caring and non-judgmental attitude toward the students, regardless of their circumstances, because his goal is to help them learn,” says Pearl Pfiester, a Dean’s List student from Fort Wayne. In August, she’ll enter her second year of the four-year professional doctoral (Pharm.D.) program.

Beckett developed and taught the first-year course in Drug Information, filling it with frequent active learning and team-based exercises. He also helped his colleagues incorporate drug information activities into Pharmacy Practice Lab and other courses, integrating knowledge and skills across the curriculum.

“It is especially clear that Dr. Beckett possesses a passion for his chosen field of drug information and that excitement motivates, instructs and inspires his students and colleagues,” says Michael DeBisschop, Pharm.D., associate dean for academic affairs.

Students praise Beckett as approachable and helpful in and out of the classroom. He also personally engages in significant scholarship in teaching and learning, authoring three textbook chapters and an article on liberal arts faculty’s perceptions of pharmacy practice. He earned his Pharm.D. at Purdue University.

While the Drug Information Center primarily provides timely responses for the MU Pharmacy faculty and experiential leaders, it also responds to health care professionals and conducts original research. Beckett also mentors several advanced pharmacy practice students from other pharmacy schools.

For more about the Manchester University College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, visit the website at or call 260-470-2700.

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