AACP Announces 20 Students as Inaugural Aspiring Academics

AACP Article

The new program facilitates a deeper understanding of career paths in academic pharmacy.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Maureen Thielemans, 703-408-6140

Arlington, Va.—The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has selected 20 student pharmacists from across the country for the inaugural cohort of the AACP Aspiring Academics Program. 

The program, designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of career paths in academic pharmacy, engages the chosen students through asynchronous learning modules, mentorship, networking, a group project, involvement with AACP, and attendance at Pharmacy Education 2024 and the Teachers’ Seminar in Boston.

The 2023 Aspiring Academics are:

  • Ivann Agapito, University of California, Irvine
  • Esther Albuquerque, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lama Almutairi, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Diego Benavides, The University of Tennessee
  • Theodore Blum, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Milton Childs, Roosevelt University
  • Mira Haddad, The Ohio State University
  • Donald Hagen, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Kaitlyn Healy, University at Buffalo–SUNY
  • Peter Hiller, University of South Carolina
  • Haley Morrill, University of New England
  • Andrea Perez, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Emerson Rafuse, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Boston
  • Holly Seyler, University of Washington
  • Michal Stout, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Tamanna Talwar, University of Colorado
  • Tazche Turner, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Joshua Wilson, Samford University
  • Alyssa Woodall, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Sarah Zamiela, South College

Aspiring Academics will have the opportunity to learn from two distinct faculty member mentors, one from within their own institution (the home mentor) and one assigned by AACP (the AACP group mentor)—all while building a national network of peers interested in academia.

AACP received more than 200 applicants from student pharmacists across the country, and selected 20 based on their credentials, a statement of experience and future career goals, and their faculty mentor's support.

By the completion of the program, students will be able to understand the various types of pharmacy faculty positions; state the expectations of faculty regarding scholarship, teaching and service; describe the process and skills needed to advance in a career in pharmacy academia; and more.