New faculty spotlight: Shelby Bennett, PharmD

February 04, 2021

Image with caption: Shelby Bennett, PharmD

Shelby Bennett, PharmD

Shelby Bennett, PharmD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Shelby Bennett, PharmD
  • Hometown: Galva, Iowa
  • Title and department at UNMC: Clinical assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Office of Experiential Programs, College of Pharmacy

Research/professional interests:

  • Pharmacist-provided clinical services in the community setting
  • Improving communication (especially as it relates to providing effective feedback)
  • Workplace authenticity
  • Methods of learning

How I fell in love with pharmacy:

I got interested in pharmacy after seeing an independent pharmacist counsel an older patient on a new inhaler device. The way the patient's mindset changed from anxious and unsure to grateful and confident as a result of her interaction with the pharmacist had me hooked. I started shadowing area pharmacies, and spending a day with a compounding pharmacist sealed the deal. I was intrigued by the compounding process itself, but I also loved how personalized compounded products could be for both human and pet patients.

My love for hands-on pharmacy education came a few years later. My first rotation P4 year was an academic rotation in the skills lab (newly renamed Dispensing and Patient Care course) at Creighton University. The incredibly grateful feedback I received from those distance pathway students for sharing my time and knowledge was so rewarding (and surprising!), and the culture of learning made me feel right at home. I enjoyed the team atmosphere, and I'd finally found a useful outlet for my love of writing.

Several months later I flipped my post-grad plans upside down and pursued a community-based pharmacy residency with a focus on teaching, and I haven't looked back.


  • PharmD pre-requisites, Creighton University
  • PharmD, Creighton University
  • Residency, community-based pharmacy practice, University of Kansas and Balls Food Stores, Overland Park, Kansas


  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Nebraska Pharmacists Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I am on a mission to visit all 50 states by the end of 2021.
  • Many of my hobbies include music.
  • I love to try new foods and eventually try making them myself!


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Travis J Gayer
February 06, 2021 at 7:07 AM

Congrats Shelby, very proud of you.

Maegan Easter
February 05, 2021 at 10:07 PM

What an accomplishment! So proud of you!

Val Green
February 04, 2021 at 7:38 AM

Congrats, Shelby! Best wishes on your new adventures.