SPOKANE, Wash. — Clarke St.Dennis, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has been awarded the 2002 Washington State University Spokane Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching, research and community service.

St.Dennis, who has been with WSU since 1994, is recognized as the regional expert in central and eastern Washington in psychopharmacology, the use of medication in the control and/or treatment of mental or emotional disturbances. In addition to teaching courses to doctor of pharmacy students at WSU Spokane and nursing students at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, he holds appointments in the University of Washington School of Medicine, Eastern Washington University School of Social Work, and the Washington Institute of Mental Illness Research and Training at WSU Spokane.

He provides consultation to providers and patients in the psychiatry unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center, and has been praised for his efforts to educate physicians in the proper use of medications in patients with mental disorders.

In presenting the award, Bill Gray, WSU Spokane campus executive officer and dean, cited St.Dennis’s glowing teaching evaluations, contribution to improved quality of local medical practice through the continuing education courses he teaches, and work to integrate pharmacy into education and practice in the local hospitals.

St.Dennis holds a bachelor of pharmacy and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science from WSU. He is a registered pharmacist, and has been a registered counselor, certified chemical dependency counselor and designated mental health professional. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Patient Teaching Excellence Award from Sacred Heart Medical Center and Distinguished Lecturer for Bristol Myers Squibb.

The award will be presented at the WSU Spokane commencement ceremonies May 10. St.Dennis receives an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000. Sterling Savings of Spokane is the sponsor of this year’s award.