A strong commitment to PharmD and graduate education is exemplified by recent awards, nominations and ACE evaluations for teaching over the last few years.

Nominations and Awards for A.K. Salem:

2012 Collegiate Teacher of the Year

2011 Nominated for College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (College Level Award)

2010 Nominated for College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (College Level Award)

2009 Nominated for College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (College Level Award)

2008 Council of Teaching Instructional Improvement Award (University Level Award)

2008 Nominated for College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (College Level Award)

2007 Nominated for College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (College Level Award)

2006 College of Pharmacy P1 Teacher of the Year (College Level Teaching Award)

ACE and E-value Evaluations for PharmD Teaching:

E-value evaluations for 2012: 95.85%

E-value evaluations for 2011: 97.3%

E-value evaluations for 2010: 93.7%

E-value evaluations for 2009: 90%

ACE evaluations for 2008: 91.12%

ACE evaluations for 2007: 97.78%

ACE evaluations for 2006: 92.65%

ACE evaluations for 2005: 96.22%

Courses Taught:

PharmD program

46:123 Pharmaceutics I


PharmD program

46: 101: 093 - Pharmacy Projects

The group routinely accepts 2-3 PharmD students every year to carry out research projects in the lab. Graduate students are assigned to a PharmD student to act as a mentor and guide during the research period.


PharmD program

PHAR_015 - 46:001 Introductory Practice Experience Class of 2011


PharmD program

College of Pharmacy North PODS faculty advisor.



Biomaterials module at West Branch High School, Iowa (In collaboration with Jessica Taylor, High School Biology Teacher)

NSF AGEP Summer Research Opportunities Program for Under-Represented Summer Students - Projects available

Summer Research Opportunities Program, Iowa - The CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program is a program to expose talented undergraduates to professional and educational opportunities in the academy. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers by enhancing their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. Projects Available.

Iowa Biosciences Advantage Program


Graduate program

46:233 Pharmacy Research, Pharmacy

051:199:022 Research Biomedical Engineering MS Thesis

052:199:019 MS Thesis Research Chem & Biochem Engr

052:299:019 Research Chem/Biochem Engr PhD Dissertation


052:195:001 Spr06 Contemporary Topics: Chem & Biochem Engr 1 s.h.


046:231:001 Pharmacy Seminar (with Flanagan)

                    External Seminar Program Coordinator


46:232 Drug Delivery Graduate Course: Lectures on the use of microparticles in drug, gene and vaccine delivery


NANBIO:001 Research Staff Professional Development Program Biomedical Series: Core Discipline: Nanomedicine


46:290:001 Materials in Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery 3 s.h.

051:175:001 Materials in Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery 3 s.h.

052:227:001 Materials in Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery 3 s.h.


Cross-listed with Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Engineering.

Time & Location: 3:00P - 4:00P M 226 PHAR

Time & Location: 2:00P - 4:00P T 226 PHAR


The course will be evaluated in three ways:

1. Presentation of a key paper in advanced drug delivery in 2007 and 2008. Paper must be one that stimulates your interest. Both A.K. Salem and two other students will evaluate each presentation according to the criteria listed in the evaluation sheet. In addition to providing a background to the research and highlighting strengths in the work, you will be expected to present weaknesses of the paper. Total Marks: 33%

2. Preparation of a 10 page proposal linked to your presentation. Format is NIH, Ariel Font size 12 and single spaced. General structure should be 1 page Abstract and Specific Aims, 4 pages Background and Significance, 4 pages Experimental Design and Methodology and 1 page References. The background and significance section should establish the rationale for your proposed experiments. The Experimental Design and Methodology section should include objective criteria for determining the success of an experiment. This section should also discuss anticipated outcomes, potential problems and alternative strategies. Marks will be lost for errors in grammar and spelling. Marks will be lost for poor flow. All proposed experiments should be feasible and the background and significance section should be strongly referenced. 33% Total Marks

PDF iconClick here for an example presentation evaluation sheet

3. Comprehensive Exam - Multiple choice. Total Percentage Marks: 34%