The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, CPCC, associate dean of academic and professional affairs on the Phoenix campus, associate professor of pharmacy practice and science, and director of diversity, equity and inclusion, has received the 2021 Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP).
“APhA-ASP was an integral part of my student pharmacist years nearly 30 years ago – a ‘silent mentor’ providing me a window through which to see the larger pharmacy profession and find my initial place post-graduation,” Dr. Alvarez said. “To learn that I have had impact upon student pharmacists simply by who I am daily is a tremendous gift. To be recognized by student pharmacists is deeply meaningful.”
Dr. Alvarez is a 1992 graduate of the UArizona College of Pharmacy and is a board‐certified pharmacotherapy specialist. She belongs to the American Pharmacists Association, served as its 162nd president, and was named a fellow for the organization. She joined the College of Pharmacy in 2019.
Her teaching interests are pain medicine and advocacy for appropriate use of opioids, and medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Alvarez is deeply involved in leader and program development and delivery, including personal assessment, communication and professional advocacy. She also focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and leads the college in these efforts. She is a certified Co-Active Coach, supporting student discovery and cultivation of elements that lead to a satisfying career as part of a fulfilled life.
The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the pharmacy profession. The Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award was established in 1988 to recognize an individual whose long-term services and contributions have benefited the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, thereby having a positive impact on student pharmacists.