Associate Dean Robert Emerson received a B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Kansas. He has more than 20 years of pharmacy practice experience in both community and ambulatory care practice settings.
Emerson began his academic career with KU as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and coordinator of the pharmacy skills laboratory. Emerson taught various aspects of the skills lab curriculum including fundamentals of dispensing, extemporaneous compounding, patient counseling and a variety of disease state management labs. In 1997, Emerson was appointed Director of the school’s Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Program. He worked closely with off-campus adjunct clinical faculty preceptors and was responsible for the development of a network of early experiential education opportunities for students, in both community and institutional practice settings, across the state of Kansas.
Courses and Rotations
- PHAR 500, Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Learning (Course Coordinator)
- PHAR 505, Immunization Theory and Practice
- PHAR 510, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory I
- PHAR 515, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory II
- PHAR 520, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory III
- PHAR 525, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory IV
- PHAR 530, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory V
- PHAR 550, Introductory Practice Experience-Community (Course Coordinator)
- PHAR 560, Introductory Practice Experience-Institutional (Course Coordinator)
- PHPR 513, Chemical Dependency & Drugs of Abuse (Course Coordinator)
- PHPR 667, Clerkship in Academic Pharmacy
- PHPR 670, Physical Assessment for Pharmacists
Professional Leadership and Service
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
- American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
- American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA)
Emerson serves on numerous school committees. He served as faculty advisor to the KU Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) from 2000 to 2010 where he provided leadership in the development and implementation of numerous academy patient care initiatives including Operation Immunization: Greensburg and Operation Immunization: Wichita among others. He also served as Director of the Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program from 2004 to 2010.
Emerson has an academic interest in the area of rural health and works collaboratively with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita to facilitate research interests in this area. He also has an interest in the area of chemical dependency and substance abuse and has served as co-instructor of a pharmacy practice elective course on this topic.
Recent Awards and Honors
- University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence Award, 2002
- Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honors Society Teaching Excellence Award, 2002
- Davidow, L and Emerson, R, Companion CD-ROM to “A Practical Guide to Contemporary Pharmacy Practice,” Lippencott, Williams & Wilkins Publishing, Baltimore, MD.
- Emerson, R, “Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Student Workbook,” University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
- Emerson, R, “Institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Student Workbook,” University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
- Chapter Reviewer, Chapter 30 – Otic Disorders, “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs – An Interactive Approach to Self-Care 15th Edition,” American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC.
- Chapter Reviewer, Chapter 30 – Otic Disorders, “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs – An Interactive Approach to Self-Care 14th Edition,” American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC.
- Chapter Reviewer, Chapter 30 – Otic Disorders, “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs – An Interactive Approach to Self-Care 13th Edition,” American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC.
- Moeller, K. and Emerson, R., “A Model to Teach Addiction to Pharmacy Students,” AACP Annual Meeting, July 2008, Chicago, IL.
- Davidow, L. and Emerson, R., “Integration of Self-Study and Active-Learning Methodologies to Teach Pharmaceutical Care Skills.” AACP Annual Meeting, July 2002, Kansas City, MO.
- Davidow, L. and Emerson, R., “Integrated Laboratory at KU: Combining General and Professional Abilities with Service-Learning and Early Practice Experiences.” AACP Annual Meeting, July 2001, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Davidow, L. and Emerson, R., “Development of a Companion Multimedia CD-ROM to Aid in Teaching Prescription Compounding.” AACP Annual Meeting, July 2001, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.