LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2018) – University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Professor Joseph L. Fink III has received the award for sustained contributions to scholarship in the field of social and administrative pharmacy from the Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Section of the American Association of College of Pharmacy.
The Sustained Scholarship Award recognizes a member of the SAS Section for sustained contributions to scholarship in social and administrative pharmacy. The intent of the award is to encourage mastery of a subject and sustained scholarly contributions to one’s field. While more traditional activities like research grants and publications are relevant, this award is designed to recognize scholarship in the broader sense, such as editing textbooks or scholarly journals and meaningful contributions to the training of future pharmacists and pharmacy scholars, in addition to more research-focused activities like research grants and publications.
Fink is Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy as well as the Kentucky Pharmacists Association Endowed Professor of Leadership at the UK College of Pharmacy. He also holds appointments as professor of Health Management and Policy in the UK College of Public Health; professor in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; and professor in the Clinical Leadership and Management and the Human Health Sciences programs at the UK College of Health Sciences.
Fink’s research and scholarship, spanning more than four decades in academic pharmacy, focuses on exploring and explaining how pharmacy and the law interact. He puts law into context, making it understandable and relevant to practitioners in a wide variety of settings. This integration of the two professions has served to inform practitioners in both realms, pharmacy and law. These scholarly works at time have addressed various topics related to pharmacists, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticals of interest to pharmacists practicing in a community pharmacy setting, in hospitals and in pharmacies serving patients in extended care facilities.
His published scholarly works exceed 550 with outlets including books and monographs in addition to refereed and practitioner-oriented scholarly works. More than 70 of those have been from collaborations with students.
Those nominated for the Sustained Scholarship Award must be a current member in good standing of the SAS Section. There is no minimum number of years of membership required for nominees; however, evidence of sustained contribution to the literature over at least a 15-year period in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching and learning must be demonstrated. Nominees are expected to have played a meaningful role in mentoring student pharmacists, post-graduate trainees, and/or practicing pharmacists to engage in scholarship within their field of study.
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