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Clara U. Okorie-Awe

Clinical Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Systems Outcomes and Policy
Director of the Urban Pharmacy (UPHARM) Program, Office of the Dean
Faculty Fellow, Honors College
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy
Director of the Urban Health Program, University of Illinois at Chicago



833 South Wood Street M/C 874, Chicago, Illinois

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3516 (work)


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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Director of the Urban Pharmacy (UPHARM) Concentration Program

Director of the Urban Health Program

Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

M.SC. Marketing Communication, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

B.S. Business Administration, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

Research Interests:
The philosophical foundations and social contexts of postsecondary education, including critical policy studies; cultural analyses of educational opportunities, particularly how politics, leadership, and implementation of educational policies impact outcomes related to equity, diversity, racial/ethnic, gender, and class disparities, including healthcare disparities through the lens of the social determinants of health; critical and post qualitative inquiry.

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Critical Dialogue (CD) Prof (PSOP 387), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Res in Pharm Syst Outcomes Pol (PSOP 380), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Capstone Project Urban Health (PSOP 397), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Foundations in Urban Health 5 (PSOP 395), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Foundations in Urban Health 1 (PSOP 391), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Foundations in Urban Health 3 (PSOP 393), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Projects Pharm Syst Outcomes (PSOP 390), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Foundations in Urban Health 2 (PSOP 392), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
Critical Dialogue (CD) Prof (PSOP 387), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022

Selected Publications

Okorie-Awé, C, Crawford, SY, Sharp, LK, Jaki, BU, Kachlic, MD. (2021). A faculty and staff workshop on microaggression and implicit bias: Knowledge and awareness of student, faculty, and staff experiences. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 13, (9), 1200-1209. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2021.06.031.

Fitzsimmons, William E, Okorie-Awe, Clara. (2021). Ensuring Black Lives Matter in Drug Development. THERAPEUTIC INNOVATION & REGULATORY SCIENCE, 55, (1), 245-246. doi:10.1007/s43441-020-00232-1.

Popovich, NG, Okorie-Awé, C, Crawford, SY, Balcazar, FE, Vellurattil, RP, Moore, TW, Schriever, AE. (2018). Assessing students’ impressions of the cultural awareness of pharmacy faculty and students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 82, (1), 28-40. doi:10.5688/ajpe6161.

Awé, C, Gaither, CA, Crawford, SY, Tieman, J. (2016). A comparative analysis of perceptions of pharmacy students’ stress and stressors across two multicampus universities. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80, (5). doi:10.5688/ajpe80582.

Crawford, SY, Awé, C, Tawk, RH, Pickard, AS. (2016). A cross sectional and longitudinal study of pharmacy student perceptions of readiness to serve diverse populations. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80, (4). doi:10.5688/ajpe80462.

Awé, C, Bauman, J. (2010). Theoretical and conceptual framework for a high school pathways to pharmacy program. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74, (8). doi:10.5688/aj7408149.

Awe, Clara. (2006). The Retention of African American Faculty Members in Research Universities. .

Awé, C, Lin, SJ. (2003). A Patient Empowerment Model to Prevent Medication Errors. Journal of Medical Systems, 27, (6), 503-517. doi:10.1023/A:1025929714386.

Awé, C, Crawford, SY. (2003). Perceptions of campus experiences by African-American pharmacy students based on institutional type. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 67, (1), 80-90. doi:10.5688/aj670113.

Notable Honors

2020, Black History Maker, The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks

2019, The Lyman Award, The Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

2001, UIC Woman of the Year,

2000, Phi DElta Kappa International, The University of Illinois Chapter


PhD, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2002
EdD, Northern Illinois University, United States, 1995
M.Sc, Roosevelt University, United States, 1983
BS, Roosevelt University, United States, 1981

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), The Society for Diversity and Inclusion Institute for Diversity Certification, 2017 - Present
Masters in Faculty Online Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Online Network, 8/2008 - Present
Management Develop Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2003 - Present