Profile of a Professor: Dr. Livia McCutcheon, Pharmacy

Dr. Livia McCutcheon, an assistant professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, is one of the newest professors to join the Wilkes University community.

McCutcheon, who works in Stark Learning Center, joined the University last August.

Hailing from Florida, Dr. McCutcheon attended Florida Atlantic University for her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.

She continued her academic career as she pursued her doctor of pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University, a pharmacy practice residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center, and then an instructional design and evaluation fellowship at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Lastly, she attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for her masters in instructional systems development.

Prior to teaching at Wilkes,  McCutcheon taught at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

McCutcheon became interested in the field of pharmacy when, as a high schooler, she had the chance to work at a local pharmacy.

“I really liked the work I did,” McCutcheon said. “Both helping patients and what there was to learn in the field of pharmacy was very interesting to me”.

McCutcheon had the opportunity to teach as a teaching assistant to pharmacy students, while at pharmacy school, and found it very rewarding. She developed a liking for teaching, as well as for researching, which led her to the conclusion that academia was her ideal occupation.

She also has had several opportunities to work as a clinical pharmacist in numerous medical centers.

“I was attracted to Wilkes because of the small-class sized environment that it offered,” said McCutcheon. “Having a small class would improve the dynamic between my students and I, and allow for better instruction.”

McCutcheon is an avid researcher, her interests being interprofessional education, interprofessional practice, medical Spanish, instructional design and assessment.

“I love doing research” McCutcheon said. As of now, she is investigating how and where people from different health care professions can better work, teach and research together.

While working at Wilkes, McCutcheon divides her time teaching in the classroom, aswell as being both a clinician and a clinical instructor at St. Luke’s Family Medicine

Clinic–where she takes students on her clinical rotation.

Whenever she has free time, she likes to work out, spend time with her family and friends, and watch a good movie.