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The Principal Global Citizenship Award

Principal Global Citizenship Award nominations are invited from Drake faculty and staff for the Principal Global Citizenship Award recognizing outstanding contributions to global engagement and internationalization of the campus and curriculum on the part of faculty or staff. The selected awardee will receive a plaque, up to $3,000, and will be announced at annual Learning Symposium. A screening committee, appointed by the Provost, reviews all nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Pursuant to the University’s mission to develop “responsible global citizens,”  nominees have made outstanding contributions toward realizing the three main goals of the Internationalization and Global Engagement Strategic Plan, 2015-2020:

Goal 1: Serve as a global knowledge hub that brings value to external partners in local, national and international settings.

Goal 2: Infuse global and multicultural perspectives across the campus and curriculum.

Goal 3: Develop infrastructure, resources and communication systems to support internationalization and global engagement.

Nominees must be faculty or staff members in at least their fourth year of service at the University. Nominees cannot have won this award within the past five years. Faculty and staff members who work directly for Drake International are ineligible.

Letters of nomination are due May 1. Nominees who indicate a willingness to be considered will be invited to submit a c.v. and a statement discussing their contributions to the above goals. One or two letters of support from faculty, staff or students will be accepted (this is optional). The deadline for submitting supporting materials is May 22.

Any individual who was nominated for the award in 2015 or 2016 may be re-nominated if the nominator resubmits a letter offering the individual for consideration this year. Files of previous nominees are maintained for two years. If a faculty member is re-nominated, the nominator will be invited to review the file from the previous year to ensure that the nomination is as current as possible.

Nominations should be sent to Denise Ganpat (denise.ganpat@drake.edu). Questions may be directed to David Skidmore (david.skidmore@drake.edu) or Denise Ganpat (denise.ganpat@drake.edu).  

Principal Global Citizenship Award Winners:
2016:  Professor John P. Rovers, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
2015: Professor Ellen Yee, School of Law

John P. Rovers, Professor of Pharmacy Practice
John serves as a passionate and effective champion of internationalization at Drake strengthening partnerships between the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) and other units and between Drake and institutions abroad. His contributions span teaching, curriculum development, partnership development, advising students, administration, community involvement, research, co-curricular activities, consulting, fundraising, and service.

All of John's didactic, experiential and co-curricular activities with students intentionally reflect a global view of pharmacy, health care and the world.  Such activities include:  Creating P4 experiential learning sites in Australia, New Zealand, France, South Africa and assisting with establishing India and Belize sites; Serving as an experiential faculty member leading students on these P4 experiences including Belize (2015 and 2016); Serving as a team pharmacist and faculty preceptor for P2 early experiential students in Honduras (2012, 2013) and Dominican Republic (2015).  

He chaired a CPHS committee that oversees the college’s international initiatives, represents CPHS on the Global and International Implementation Team, and has assisted in planning for Drake’s annual Global and Comparative Public Health Week.  John was a founding member of the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and played a central role in developing and sustaining the Global and Comparative Public Health concentration. He also is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium of colleges and universities across Iowa with Global Health Interests.

John hosted Fatima Suleman from the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a Global Practitioner at Drake for Fall 2015.  He assisted her with teaching a new course on Drug Policy and Medication Availability, a major concern in the developing world. 

He has carried out teaching, research and consulting in Vietnam to help modernize their curriculum and study drug distribution logistics in the Vietnamese hospital sector (Hanoi University of Pharmacy); assisted with creating experiential learning curriculum (Monash University, Australia); benchmarked Chinese pharmacy teaching and practice models with American models (Hebei Medical University, China).

Rovers mentors students interested in graduate studies in public/global health, assisting 1-2 students a year who are accepted into highly ranked MPH programs. He has mentored many other students who hope to serve on medical missions or other trips to ensure their service is consistent with best practices in aid and development.  He also hass done extensive collaboration with Des Moines University and its students.

Rovers has worked on fundraising for McCord Hospital (Durban, South Africa), a partner for Drake’s South Africa P4 rotation and for Medicine for Mali (Des Moines based non-governmental organization).  He also served as team pharmacist for Medicine for Mali medical mission trips in 2011, 2012 and a water program trip in 2014.

His research focuses on Global Health issues and has resulted in many peer-reviewed publications with student researchers as co-investigators on all projects.  He serves as a peer reviewer for Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (a WHO publication) and National Research Foundation (South Africa). In 2017, he will be on sabbatical leave in Belize creating partnerships in global health that will allow Drake faculty and students to collaborate with Belizeans on identifying, prioritizing and resolving public health problems in Belize. 

2016 Nominees

2015 Award Winner and Nominees

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