Dr. Kimberly Lewis
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
B.S., Biology, Tougaloo College
Pharm.D., University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
Community Care Residency, Nationwide Children's Hospital (Formerly Columbus Children's Hospital)
Location: Southern Regional Area Health Education Center
As a child, Kim Lewis’s mother, a high school math teacher, always told her daughter to never become a teacher, but for some reason Lewis always found herself in an “educator’s role.”
After graduating from pharmacy school, Lewis completed a pediatric ambulatory care residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a component of the position was a teaching certificate from The Ohio State University. During the residency, she was a teacher’s assistant for the drug information course. Against her mother’s advice, Lewis was hoping for a positive experience, and to her surprise, that is exactly what she received.
“Looking back over my life, I feel that being an educator was my calling and becoming a faculty member was the best decision I ever made,” Lewis says, who is currently an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS).
As a practice-based faculty member, Lewis practices at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) and has a full panel of students eight months out of the academic year. She is also a lecturer in the third-year therapeutics series and an evaluator in the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) elective.
“I feel that it is essential to play a huge part in students’ professional development because as faculty members we are challenged to develop and mold students into individuals that we will be proud to call colleagues,” Lewis says. “I feel the only way to do this is to be very involved in their development.”
One way Lewis is engaged with students is serving as an advisor for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). From her first day in pharmacy school as a student, she was an active member of the organization eventually serving as the local chapter’s president and national officer.
“I wanted to serve as an advisor because of the type of students that Campbell University generates and because of what the organization strives for, the hardest part is remembering that I am an advisor and not a student member,” Lewis says.
Teaching at Campbell University helps Lewis remain humble and truly appreciate her journey as a pharmacist and an educator. She looks forward to the challenges and continued growth in her career ahead, “My student’s keep me on my toes. I have to continually read and research to stay at least one step ahead of them.”
Lewis completed her BS degree in biology at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss. in 2001 and earned her PharmD from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn. in 2006. Lewis is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist as well as a Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider.