Campbell grad wins prestigious alumni award for teaching excellence

Jennifer Dixon Smith, PharmD, was recognized by Campbell University with the D.P. Russ, Jr. and Walter S. Jones, Sr. Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence at the university’s Senior & Faculty Awards Banquet on April 22 at the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center.


Smith, an associate professor of pharmacy practice, joined the faculty at Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in 2003 after completing a specialty residency in primary care with an emphasis in diabetes.


A specialist in diabetes management, she has earned a number of national recognitions including certification as a Diabetes Educator, Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management, and received the American Diabetes Association’s Patient Care Award. Smith integrates her research and passion for diabetes care into creative teaching methods which result in some of the most cutting-edge courses in the program. In addition to her work as professor and residency director, she regularly offers American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certification courses on diabetes to pharmacists across the country, from Florida to California.  And for practicing pharmacists in North Carolina, she secured a grant in order to make these national certification courses available.  Smith lectures regularly at the Duke PA Program and the Winston-Salem State University Nurse Practitioner Program and at continuing education programs for practicing pharmacists at local, state, and national meetings.


“Dr. Jennifer Smith is a passionate, innovative and extremely well respected teacher and clinician,” said Byron May, PharmD, chair of the department of pharmacy practice. “She is dedicated to the education of our students and is a true role model for our faculty to emulate in the classroom.”


Smith earned her doctor of pharmacy from Campbell University’s then School of Pharmacy. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as the director of the pharmacotherapy clinic at the Wilson Community Health Center in Wilson, North Carolina.