Doyle and Peters Receive 2021 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

Published on 04 February 2022

Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., associate professor of history (shown right), and Golden “Goldie” Peters, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice (shown left), have earned 2021 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Emerson.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Emerson created its Excellence in Teaching program to promote quality education throughout St. Louis.

In November 2021, the program honored 85 educators from across the St. Louis metropolitan area who demonstrated excellence in the field of education. Those recognized represent a wide range of educators from the elementary, secondary and collegiate level who have shown outstanding dedication to their students and the teaching profession.

Dennis Doyle, Ph.D.

Doyle has taught at the University for 11 years and been a favorite professor among students for his captivating storytelling and ability to explain how health care, social factors and history influence patient care.

For the bulk of his career, Doyle has studied the history of psychiatry and its engagement with race in civil rights era Harlem. He has used his research expertise to educate students on the intersection of illness, identity and inequality.

Additionally, Doyle along with Bob Zebroski, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the Department of Liberal Arts, co-authored the University’s history book, “Pharmacy Pioneers: The First 150 Years of St. Louis College of Pharmacy.”

When asked about what excellence in teaching means to him, Doyle explained that Zebroski has had a positive influence on his teaching career.

“It’s not just about Bob’s teaching style, it’s the fact that he puts students above all else and I strive to match that example,” he said. “For our students interested in health care, presenting the information in the form of a story helps activate different parts of the brain, and this will help them support patients holistically in their future careers.”

Golden "Goldie" Peters, Pharm.D.

Peters has served as a preceptor and professor at the University since 2010. His passion for mentoring student pharmacists paired with his innovative teaching style has made him an award-winning faculty member.

Peters received the 2020 APPE Clinical Pharmacy Excellence Award as a preceptor and was recognized as the 2019 Educator of the Year Award by the Illinois Pharmacists Association.

When it comes to his work in the classroom, Peters embraces an inclusive approach to teaching that empowers  students to embrace their individual methods of learning and flourish in the classroom.

"It's not about me," said Peters. "It's about the students. Not everybody learns the same way. I try to use unique approaches to help educate all of our students, no matter their learning style."

The award-winning faculty and staff at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis play a key role in providing students with an exceptional educational experience.

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