Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria and Instructions

AACP Resource

The Lifetime Achievement Award consists of a sculpture/plaque. This Award recognizes and promotes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and to pharmacy education through instruction, leadership/service and research/scholarship over a minimum of 25 years.


  1. Nominees must hold a faculty appointment with a primary commitment to an AACP member college or school of pharmacy or be retired from a faculty appointment.
  2. Nominees must be members of AACP, and have shown a commitment to the Association and mission and objectives of pharmacy education. A nominee’s name may not be submitted posthumously.
  3. Nominees will be evaluated based upon contributions in the following areas:
    • Instruction including, but not limited to, effectiveness in undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, professional and graduate instruction; curriculum development and innovation; accomplishments of former students; special student educational projects; honors and awards for excellence in teaching and invited lectureships; and assessment of national educational involvement including active participation in AACP meetings, committees, teachers seminars and national workshops. Among the most important qualities are inspiration, leadership and quality of contributions and the impact on educational programs and professional growth of individuals;
    • Advancement of the profession of pharmacy, can be documented in terms of the following examples but not limited to: contributing to the development of the ACPE Standards, transforming the delivery of pedagogy, serving at the forefront of technology and/or innovation, advancing interprofessional education, significant contributions in pharmacy education administration that lead to improved patient outcomes and or improvements in pharmacy education, creating new knowledge such as, a pharmaceutical science discovery that enhances drug therapy for improved patient outcomes, or developing new care delivery models that improve patient outcomes, or developing patient interventions that improve outcomes, and modeled excellence of pharmacy;
    • Leadership/Service to AACP: Sustained service/leadership to with American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (consideration should be given to the breadth of service to AACP elected and all other forms of volunteer service).
    • Leadership/Service on behalf of Academic Pharmacy: Sustained contributions externally on behalf of academic pharmacy, outside of AACP and one's own institution, such as but not limited to active involvement in local, state and/or national pharmacy organizations and other health-related organizations through elected office, committee participation and contributions to program development; and
    • Evidence of research and creative scholarship activities relative to the respective discipline and/or to the quality of patient outcomes that can be documented in terms of publications (number and type) and grants/contracts.


Disclosure Required

AACP’s Board of Directors has adopted a policy affirming AACP’s right to grant, defer or decline to grant an honor or award, including a leadership position, to any person. AACP expects all recipients of honors and awards to embody the highest standards of professional and personal ethical behavior, therefore, AACP will not confer any honor, award or leadership position when, in its discretion, there has been a determination or credible question of unethical behavior. 

To implement this policy, AACP is instituting a disclosure process for nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The required disclosure form must be completed, signed and submitted by December 4, 2023 to


  1. Nominations will be brought forth by members of the Board of Directors, but recommendations may be made by any AACP member, including self-nominations and are encouraged from faculty members of colleges and schools of pharmacy and from all segments of the Association (e.g., sections, special interest groups, affiliate members).
  2. Any AACP member intending to recommend a nomination must submit a Letter of Intent by October 12, 2023, followed by a full dossier received by December 4, 2023. The dossier’s contents shall be presented to include the following separate sections, each beginning on a new page:
    • Cover letter from the nominator summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and commitment to the Association;
    • Résumé (CV) detailing education, appointments, activities, memberships, awards and honors, and other relevant data;
    • Reflection on contributions to instruction;
    • Reflection on contributions to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy;
    • Reflection on contributions to leadership/service to Association, local, state and/or national pharmacy organizations and other health-related organizations;
    • Reflection on evidence of research and creative scholarship activities; and
    • An additional three to five letters of support with reflections on the nominee’s contributions including those endorsements from individuals outside of the nominee’s home institution (supporting letters should interpret the impact that the nominee has had on his/her field and pharmacy education and provide evidence of contributions to instruction, to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy, leadership/service, and evidence of research and creative scholarship activities).
  3. The dossier should be submitted by email by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, December 4, 2023. Materials will be reviewed by the Board of Directors during their meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2024 after a screening for completeness by AACP Staff.

Recommendations of nominations or questions regarding the nomination or submission process should be directed to Adam Jackson, AACP Manager of Governance .


  1. Dossiers will be screened for completeness by staff upon receipt. If time permits, staff will notify nominators of missing items. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline for submission will not be evaluated.
  2. The AACP Board of Directors will serve as the Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee and will conduct peer review of nominations in light of the established criteria for the award.
  3. At the conclusion of the evaluation process, the AACP Board of Directors will select and notify a single recipient.
  4. The AACP Board of Directors will present this Award based on qualified applicants only and reserves the right not to present the Award on an annual basis.