Fusco honored with 2020 AACP Emerging Teaching Scholar Award

Nicholas Fusco.

By Kara Sweet

Published May 8, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nicholas Fusco, PharmD ’10, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, is the recipient of a 2020 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Emerging Teaching Scholar Award.


The award recognizes excellence of academic pharmacy faculty engaged in and supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

“Nick’s commitment to teaching and learning is evident in the classroom, at his practice site, through involvement in curricular planning, and through engagement in educational research relating to interprofessional education,” says William Prescott, chair and clinical professor, pharmacy practice.

A member of the faculty since 2013, his teaching focuses on acute care pediatrics and interprofessional education, and his clinical scholarship concentrates on pediatric infectious diseases.

Fusco also serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Experiential Education at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). Since 2016, he has been a key member of the University at Buffalo’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) leadership team and in 2019 was appointed the school’s Director of Interprofessional Education.

A leader in IPE scholarship, over the past three years he has published nine abstracts and six manuscripts in the areas of teaching and learning. He has also presented locally, regionally and nationally on the topics of IPE education, simulated learning and precepting.

He is the Class of 2020 Faculty Member of the Year, chosen for his approachability and for helping the class navigate through challenging times. Fusco previously received the 2019 UB SPPS Department of Pharmacy Practice Faculty Service Award, the 2018 UB SPPS Rho Chi Teaching Excellence Award and was a 2017 AACP Teacher of the Year.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.