2003 UW Honorary Citation Report – Mason

The 2003 Citation recipients: Dr. Holly Mason, Pamela Ploetz, Dr. Charles Sih, and Dr. Leon Lachman, with Dean Emeritus Mel Weinswig and Dean Jeanette Roberts

The 2003 Citation recipients: Dr. Holly Mason, Pamela Ploetz, Dr. Charles Sih,
and Dr. Leon Lachman, with Dean Emeritus Mel Weinswig (left) and
Dean Jeanette Roberts (right).

Holly L. Mason, BS ’72, MS ’75, PhD ’79, is Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Professor of Pharmacy Administration in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has been an extraordinary member of the Purdue faculty for the last 24 years.

Mason’s career has been typified by excellence in research, teaching, and service. His research interests have focused on the effects of education and practice on the career development of pharmacists, the delivery of patient-oriented pharmacy services, and in the assessment of performance-based student outcomes in pharmacy education. He has received funding totaling more than $1,000,000 as a principal or co-principal investigator for some 30 projects and has been an author for some 70 publications. Among recent research honors, Mason was the recipient of two Rufus Lyman Awards for papers published in the 1996 and 2000 volumes of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

In 2001, he received the Robert Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award for excellence in pharmaceutical education, presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He was also inducted as a Purdue Teaching Academy Fellow that same year, a recognition given for exceptional teaching. In 1997, he was selected and served as an Academic Leadership Fellow by the Committee for Institutional Cooperation — Big 10 Conference Universities. He has been especially involved in graduate education during his academic career, chairing Purdue’s graduate programs in pharmacy administration and clinical pharmacy for 12 years. He has served as a major professor for 16 doctoral students who have made significant contributions in their own right and on a number of national committees that have addressed topics related to graduate education.

His service to the profession has also extended to other organizational work, highlighted by chairmanship of AACP’s Social and Administrative Sciences Section, and educational policy development for the American Pharmacists Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy and is Secretary-Elect for the AACP Council of Deans. He has consulted for the AACP, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Health Professions, and a number of hospitals, both in Indiana and in Madison.