May 17, 2017
By Sydney DuPriest
JACKSON, Miss. – Joshua Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was inducted last week into the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Named for the former vice chancellor for health affairs Norman C. Nelson, the award honors faculty at UMMC who demonstrate commitment to innovative teaching, the ability to engage students in the classroom and an example of professionalism. A panel from each of the six schools at UMMC, including a campus of the School of Pharmacy, nominates faculty members to be inducted.
Fleming said he was “honored” to be inducted into the Nelson Order.
“I am thankful to have the opportunity to interact with residents and students on a daily basis, but what they don’t realize is that I learn more from them than they will ever learn from me,” Fleming said. “I am also grateful for the support of our administrators in providing the time and resources necessary to provide impactful learning experiences for our learners.”
Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs at the pharmacy school’s UMMC campus, has worked closely with Fleming in developing a pharmacy residency program.
“In these and other education-related activities, Dr. Fleming has demonstrated a commitment to instill professionalism in residents and create innovative learning opportunities,” Ross said. “The Nelson Order is a significant achievement and well-deserved recognition of Dr. Fleming’s many contributions to education on the UMMC campus.”
Nominees for membership in the Nelson Order were inducted at a luncheon on May 8 where each received a stole from UMMC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs LouAnn Woodward to be worn during the medical center’s commencement ceremony on May 26.
“I am thrilled that Josh has been inducted into the ranks of the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence,” said Seena Haines, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. “The pursuit of teaching excellence and passion to foster engaged learning is evident in his professional and academic achievements.”
Fleming is also the winner of a 2017 Preceptor of the Year Award, given by the pharmacy student body.