Educator of the Year

A lifetime mentor. An exceptional lecturer and public speaker. An innovator who sees the connection between research and teaching.

Those are just some of the things students, colleagues, and industry leaders have to say about Joseph Barone, acting dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, who was named Educator of the Year by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.


In presenting the honor, the organization cited one of Barone’s signature accomplishments—the Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program, which provides a pathway for pharmacists seeking careers in the pharmaceutical industry. “This program is internationally recognized as the premiere postdoctoral program for this industry,” said Ian Shankland, chair of the council and vice president and chief technology officer of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. “His foresight in reaching out to the industry in this state and providing exceptional doctorates to meet the demand for this sophisticated industry made his accomplishments a natural selection for Educator of the Year.”

Barone said the award was particularly meaningful because it was a recognition from a research organization going to an educator. “You can’t really have one without the other,” said Barone. “If you don’t have good educators, you can’t build a platform for research. Each one is a platform for the other. If you have a good education, you're going to breed discovery.”

Stellar teaching and educational innovation have been a hallmark of Barone’s career. Just ask his students.

“Dean Barone’s dedication and enthusiasm are what make him stand out as a teacher,” said pharmacy student Teresa Cicci. “It’s obvious that he truly cares about students and their education.”

Abhay Patel says Barone is notable for really trying to get to know his students. “His amiability and approachability not only make him a fantastic professor and dean, but a lifetime mentor who will always be there to help and guide you,” he said.

And what’s particularly gratifying to Barone? “When graduates from 20 to 25 years ago come to information sessions at the university and introduce me to their kids,” said Barone. “The memories they have are so good that they want their kids to come to Rutgers. It’s the whole circle coming back.”