BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor of Teaching, Director
Dr. Simon Albon has completed a bachelor of science in chemistry, a master of science in chemistry, and a faculty certificate in higher education at UBC. In 2014 he completed a PhD in curriculum studies in the Faculty of Education at UBC and most recently, a certificate from UBC’s Academic Leadership Development Program. Dr. Albon is a senior instructor and associate director of the Faculty’s Office of Educational Support and Development. He teaches medicinal chemistry in the BSc(Pharm) and new Entry-to-Practice PharmD program and has research interests in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Dr. Albon is a proud member of UBC’s Quarter Century Club.
Current research interests include examining the scientific foundations of pharmacy education and in particular, the role, status and integration of the basic pharmaceutical sciences in contemporary learning-centered Entry-to-Practice pharmacy programs. Dr. Albon is also exploring the “teaching-scholarly teaching-SoTL-SoTL leadership” continuum with pharmacy educators to attempt to build educational scholarship and SoTL as a legitimate scholarly discipline in pharmaceutical sciences at UBC and beyond. His most recent research study is focused on examining threshold concepts in educational scholarship in pharmacy education and related faculty development opportunities necessary to build SoTL capacity in the Faculty.
"First Year Teaching Prize." Albon S. P. UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2011.
"AFPC Woods - Hughes Special Service Award." Albon S. P. Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. 2010.
"AFPC/Bristol Meyers Squibb National Award for Excellence in Education." Albon S. P. Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. 2003.
"UBC Helen MacCrea Award for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Peer Teaching Initiative." Albon S. P. University of British Columbia. 2000.
"Killam Teaching Prize.” Albon S. P. University of British Columbia. 1997.
"Strategic planning in an educational development centre: Motivation, management and messiness." Iqbal I, Albon S. P, Pearson, M. L. Round table discussion at the STLHE 2015 Conference, Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice. Vancover, BC. June 18, 2015.
"Grading Practices of Entry-to-Practice Pharmacy Programs in Canada." Lee M, Pachev G, Albon S. P. Poster presentation at the UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2015. Vancouver, BC. March 21, 2015.
"Educational leadership and scholarship at UBC and in Pharmacy." Albon S. P. Invited presentation at the UBC SoTL Leadership Program. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Vancouver, BC. November 21, 2014.
"Role and status of the basic pharmaceutical sciences in pharmacy education: A UBC case study." Albon S. P. Podium presentation at the 5th Annual Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference (CPERC). Saskatoon, SK. May 31, 2014.
"No Easy Answers: Attempting to improve the student evaluation of teaching process in a Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences." Pearson M. P., Lee J, Iqbal I, Albon S. P. Podium presentation at the 16th Annual Ottawa Conference. Ottawa, ON. April 25, 2014.