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Portrait of Sara Trovinger

Sara N. Trovinger, Pharm.D., M.S.Ed.

Associate Professor, Doctor of Pharmacy
Distance Pathway Program Director
Interim Director of Experiential Education

Following graduation with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Dr. Trovinger spent 6 months as a staff pharmacist at Walgreens.  She then moved to hospital practice, first at Select Specialty Hospital and then at Lutheran Hospital, both in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  After 2 years precepting PharmD Candidate students at Lutheran Hospital, she joined the Purdue University pharmacy faculty as a co-funded faculty member with both Purdue University and Lutheran Hospital.  During her 2.5 years in this cofunded position, she created an emergency department pharmacy service and specialized in cardiac critical care. 

While working at both Lutheran Hospital and Purdue University, Dr. Trovinger enrolled in The Graduate School at Purdue University focusing on learning design and technology.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Education in May of 2018.

In July of 2015 she moved to full time academia, joining the faculty of Manchester University as their Assistant Director of Experiential Education and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.  In the summer of 2018, Dr. Trovinger was promoted to Director of Experiential Education.  During her time at Manchester University, Dr. Trovinger founded their international experiential education rotations and created a required experiential experience in underserved clinics. 

She joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in May of 2020 and served there as the Chair of Experiential Education until the Spring of 2021, when she returned to Manchester University.

Dr. Trovinger’s research focuses in the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically in preceptor development.  She speaks both locally and nationally on topics related to experiential education, as well as presenting posters and publishing in peer-reviewed pharmacy education journals and publications.  She is deeply involved in the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and recently served as the Chair of the Women Faculty Special Interest Group.