Dr. Reza Mehvar
of Chapman University’s two-year-old School of Pharmacy is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)  Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award.

“I am so thrilled and also bursting with pride, to announce that Professor and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Dr. Reza Mehvar has been selected as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2016 Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award recipient,” said Ron Jordan, R.Ph. FAPhA, founding dean of the Chapman’s School of Pharmacy (CUSP). “For our young school to have an awardee on the national stage so soon is tremendously gratifying to me and another indication of the wonderful team we have been so fortunate to have brought to CUSP.”

Dr. Mehvar was selected by his peers in the AACP signifying their recognition of him as a gifted teacher, scholar and academic leader. He served many years as a professor at multiple institutions and was a founding faculty member at CUSP. He innovated active learning within his classrooms long before arriving at CUSP and was instrumental in leading the plan to use the flipped classroom model of curriculum delivery.


Dr. Mehar is a professor and chair of the department of biomedical and pharmaceutical science at CUSP. He previously taught at Texas Tech University and Drake University; having originally earned his Ph.D at the University of Alberta and his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Tehran.

The award will be presented at the AACP Pharmacy Education 2016 meeting at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA, at 8 a.m., on Sunday, July 24.

According to the AACP website: The AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award is designed to recognize excellence of our academic pharmacy faculty engaged in and/or supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholars will serve as models for advancing the profession of pharmacy through education by enhancing student learning and the knowledge base of teaching and learning in professional and/or graduate pharmacy education.

This news comes on the heels of the recent announcement of
CUSP receiving Candidate status
by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – the next to final step in the school receiving full accreditation.

About AACP

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with our members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,400 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in a professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. More info can be found at


As Orange County’s first school of pharmacy with entry of its first professional degree cohort of students in September of 2015, CUSP empowers graduates and faculty to develop a deep scientific foundation for pharmacy, the drive for lifelong learning, and the compassion to optimize delivery of health care for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County and beyond through inter-professional practice models and community outreach and research. CUSP creates the culture and environment necessary to conduct collaborative basic, translational, clinical education and outcomes research and learning that make a difference in people’s lives.  CUSP intends to become a leader in innovative, inter-professional and personalized education of future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators, while being recognized for excellence in collaborative, impactful research, scholarship and practice models that advance global health. The program delivers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree governed by the ACPE that leads to a license to practice pharmacy as governed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).  CUSP also delivers Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Degrees. The school is located in Chapman University’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. For more information, visit

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