Tuesday, July 27, 2021

At the end of each spring and fall semester, P1, P2 and P3 pharmacy students are asked to identify their choice for Teacher of the Year. The annual award was established to acknowledge the importance of student opinion and ensure that the award has particular meaning for students. 

We are pleased to announce the Teacher of the Year award recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations to these outstanding teachers!

Mike Farley

Mike Farley
Class of 2022 Teacher of the Year

Clinical Associate Professor T. Michael Farley grew up near Indianola, Iowa and received both his Bachelor's and PharmD degrees from the University of Iowa. He completed a PGY1 general hospital residency at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky and a PGY2 internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Farley currently practices as a member of the hospitalist team at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and teaches in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UI College of Pharmacy. His practice interests include diabetes, anticoagulation, gastrointestinal and infectious diseases.

One student commented he nominated Farley for the award "because it was obvious how much he cared about teaching us his material to the point where we are confident to apply it in practice. He truly wants us to succeed."

Other students said about Farley, "He provided great insight into real clinical practice when he taught. He combined the theoretical with the actual...He is always my favorite teacher! He taught us all the necessary information needed in clinical practice."

Jeff Reist

Jeff Reist
Class of 2023 Teacher of the Year

Jeffrey Reist is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and director of the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory at the UI College of Pharmacy. He maintains a practice site as the clinical pharmacist on the interprofessional team at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Family Medicine Geriatric Clinic. He is a graduate of the UI College of Pharmacy (BSPh) and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (PharmD). Reist is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Prior to returning to teach at the University of Iowa in 2003, he practiced in hospital, community, and long-term care pharmacy practices and served as a preceptor to pharmacy students.

"Reist is a wonderful teacher and mentor. He engages students in a way that pushes and challenges us, he encourages us to think critically rather than passively absorbing information..." commented a student.

Another student said, "He always is available to answer questions and you can tell he is concerned with whether we learn the material. He works hard to make sure that we have the best experience possible to prepare us to be practicing pharmacists...He is one of the best and most caring professors!"

Vern Duba

Vern Duba
Class of 2024 Teacher of the Year

Vern Duba is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and instructional services specialist in the Office of Professional Education at the UI College of Pharmacy. He was educated in English and Speech/Theatre at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska (BA 1983) and Library and Informational Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MA 1987). His academic interests include the librarian’s collaborative role in curriculum-based learning as well as the challenges and opportunities of electronic drug information sources, mobile technologies, and the Internet. Duba is a member of the AACP, APhA, ASHP and the Medical Library Association. 

"Professor Duba always goes out of his way to make sure his students are doing well...He really cares about his students, and that message is made clear to us every lecture," wrote one student.

Another student commented they nominated Duba "because throughout this semester he truly showed how much he is committed to not only our learning, but also to supporting our mental health. Even over Zoom, his empathy and perseverance was obvious and he always went out of his way to help us. His commitment to his students and the college as a whole inspired myself and other students to learn and strive to be our best."