R. Francis Schlemmer PhD, R.Ph., is the Jesse Stewart Service Award Winner, 2018
The Jesse Stewart Service Award is named in honor of a former faculty member and recognizes a person who has been generous in her or his service to the profession, the community, and the College. Dr. Fran Schlemmer is the 2018 recipient, and he has certainly exemplified all three throughout his long career.
Dr. Schlemmer was raised in downstate Pontiac, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his pre-pharmacy training, then attended the University of Illinois at the Medical Center (presently UIC) College of Pharmacy where he graduated with a B.S. in 1973. He continued on for his graduate studies at the University of Illinois Medical Center where he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1977. He would complete his post-doctoral training, in psychopharmacology, with John M. Davis, M.D., at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, in Chicago, and became a Research Scientist there upon finishing his post-doctoral fellowship. He started his tenure at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy in 1985. He is currently Associate Professor, Emeritus in the College of Pharmacy.
During his time on the faculty, Fran contributed extensively as an instructor and co-coordinator in professional and graduate courses in the College, as a researcher and served on numerous departmental college and university committees. He served as Acting Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacodynamics from Fall 1998 to Spring 2000. Fran was one of the first to introduce innovative teaching methods into the curriculum including animation in 1994 and the audience response system (clickers) in 2005. He also served as the advisor to three doctoral students. His research focused on the pharmacology of psychotherapeutic agents and drugs of abuse which he studied in nonhuman primate social colonies for 40 years which included collaborative research on the development of psychopharmacological agents with several pharmaceutical companies. Fran has served as a member of the college’s Educational Policy Committee, for more than 20 years, and chairs the college’s Bylaws Committee. Since his retirement, Fran has returned part-time in an active role in teaching and assisting in programs within the College, serving as the chair for the New Curriculum Implementation Subcommittee and served as the liaison between faculty, students, administration and information technology for the start-up of the Rockford campus. He presently serves as Student-Faculty Liaison in the College.
Fran is a member of several professional societies including the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy where he has served as one of the two Faculty Delegates for UIC for the past several years. Fran received the Golden Apple Award for teaching, from the Class of 2012; the University’s Teacher Recognition Award in 2008; and has twice received the Teacher of the Year Award from pharmacy classes. He worked as a registered pharmacist, part-time, in a community pharmacy in Berwyn from 1974-1988. In his community, Fran served on his local Board of Education, Maercker District 60, for more than 15 years until 2007. He and his wife Jan have three adult children – a daughter and two sons along with two granddaughters.