(BALTIMORE, Md.) – A Notre Dame of Maryland University pharmacy professor, who embraces service learning and community practice, was named the 2022-23 Mullan Distinguished Teacher, the University’s highest faculty honor.
Dr. Ashley Moody, an assistant professor of clinical & administrative sciences, joined the NDMU School of Pharmacy in 2012, balancing the responsibilities of teaching doctoral students while maintaining a successful community pharmacy practice. Since then, she has designed courses to provide real-world learning opportunities, as well as an additional location for fourth-year students to complete their rotation at her community pharmacy site.
“Dr. Ashley Moody’s work both in and out of the classroom has had a profound impact on her students,” said Sharon Slear, SSND, provost of NDMU.
Dr. Moody’s courses introduce her students to the realities of working as a community pharmacist. She integrates service learning in her Advanced Pharmacy Services course, where students perform medication reviews for patients. She has also developed interactive learning scenarios for advanced practice students, helping them expand their skills to deliver effective patient care. In an elective course, she guides students through creating a business plan for a community pharmacy. Her Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice course pairs fourth-year students with other healthcare professionals to provide pharmacy services with patient visits in homes and assisted living facilities, opening students’ eyes to the future of community pharmacy.
Her work as a pharmacist has helped advance the profession and provide access to much needed community healthcare services. She leads NDMU’s grant-funded diabetes education initiative, connecting the School of Pharmacy with the Maryland Department of Health to help more people in the state to learn how to manage the disease. In early 2021, she led NDMU pharmacy students in serving thousands of Baltimore residents in weekly COVID-19 community vaccination clinics.
In addition to the Mullan award, Dr. Moody was also recognized as the School of Pharmacy’s 2021-22 Teacher of the Year. She was also named the Mentor of the Year by the Class of 2022.
The Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching and contributions to NDMU and the community. Every year since 1976, the University has selected one faculty member for the award, nominated by the NDMU administration, faculty, and students.
Established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) is a private, Catholic institution in Baltimore, Maryland, with the mission to educate leaders to transform the world. Notre Dame has been named one of the best "Regional Universities North" by U.S. News & World Report.