Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Feik School of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Lila P. LaGrange is an active member of the American Physiological Society (APS) and is currently serving a 3-year term on the APS Education Committee. She also contributes to the advancement of pharmacy education through her role as an invited evaluation team member for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She has been selected twice as Teacher of the Year at the School of Pharmacy and she received the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) Legacy Teaching Award UIW in 2010.
Dr. LaGrange completed her doctoral studies (2002) and 4 years of postdoctoral training (2006) at the UT Health San Antonio in the Department of Physiology. Although she had no training in teaching, she developed an interest in pursuing a teaching-focused career at an undergraduate or professional school level.
In 2006 the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), a private liberal arts university, began a Doctor of Pharmacy program and she joined the School of Pharmacy as a tenure-track assistant professor. She has since been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure. Dr. LaGrange's efforts are distributed among teaching (60 percent), scholarship (20 percent), and service (20 percent).
In addition to coordinating and teaching a 10-hour credit physiology course in the professional pharmacy program, Dr. LaGrange has been actively involved in designing, implementing, and revising the School of Pharmacy’s curriculum.
At the university level, she served on a 4-year task force that developed a model for evaluating teaching effectiveness with the goal of assisting faculty in measuring and improving their teaching. This model has been adopted as the foundation for teaching evaluation at UIW and is the basis for annual teaching evaluations and awarding of promotion and tenure.