Dr. Jason Zastre, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, was named the UGA College of Pharmacy’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Zastre attributes his success to his “pseudo flip model” of teaching. Last year, he coordinated the revision of one of the college’s graduate courses by facilitating an approach that implements more critical thinking and learning on the students’ part rather than didactically lecturing and expecting them to memorize everything. “We’re engaging students more in their learning, and they’re having to critically think about it and self-direct their learning,” Dr. Zastre said.
Dr. Zastre is in excellent company; other CoP faculty members nominated for the honor were Trisha Branan, Mandi Murph and Singh Rekhi. “There are many great teachers here in our college, and to be recognized as ‘it’ definitely is very humbling,” Dr. Zastre said. “Being selected was surprising considering the field of applicants.”
Dr. Zastre’s teaching philosophy along with his outstanding contributions to the college’s instructional programs allow him to be more than deserving of this award. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Dr. Zastre!