Dr. Ina Lee Calligaro to Retire at Year's End
Ina Lee Calligaro, PharmD, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, has announced her intention to retire from the Temple University School of Pharmacy effective December 31, 2021. Dr. Calligaro has served the school for 32 years.
An academic pioneer, Dr. Calligaro led numerous curriculum evolutions that have resulted in the dynamic professional curriculum grounded in continuous quality improvement that the school offers today. She spearheaded five self-studies leading to the successful accreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program through June 2025. Her contributions to pharmacy during her tenure have helped to define contemporary standards of care and professionalism. She has mentored countless students, residents, and faculty members, including her colleagues in leadership, many of whom have become accomplished changemakers.
A second-generation graduate of Temple’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program in 1979, Dr. Calligaro previously received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Boston University and subsequently received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). She joined Temple’s faculty as Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in 1989 charged with developing a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The first class entered the post-baccalaureate PharmD program in Fall 2000. This was the first program of its kind to offer a part-time option in the tri-state area.
Dr. Calligaro served as Director of the PharmD and Experiential Education programs and was promoted to Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 1993. She was promoted to Assistant Dean for Education in 1998 and then to Senior Associate Dean for Professional Programs in 2016. She also supported the school’s affiliation with Temple Health as a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until 2000 and continued as the Coordinator of the Teaching Certificate program since joining the school. In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Calligaro was named a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Awards for Distinguished Teaching in 1995.
Among her contributions to the pharmacy practice body of knowledge, Dr. Calligaro authored the textbook Drugs Used with Neonates and During Pregnancy. Her articles focused on pediatric pharmacy and pharmacy education have been published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Journal of Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Calligaro has been the Pediatric Pharmacy Reviewer for the Merck Manuals since 1999.
Dr. Calligaro has advanced the pharmacy profession and academia on a broader scale. She held offices in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, including Secretary of the Pharmacy Practice Academic Section, Chair of the Council of Faculties, and Member of the Board of Directors. For Temple University, she served on various curriculum, accreditation, and recruitment committees throughout her tenure. Most notably, she is a Founding Member of the Health Science Interprofessional Education Committee and a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Advancement of Teaching.
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A national search for Dr. Calligaro’s successor will be announced in the coming months.