Paul Doering: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

Paul Doering has been teaching students in Gainesville since his days as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 1972. At that time, having just finished his degree in pharmacy, Doering quickly learned that he cherished the idea of being able to share information with just about anyone who would listen.


Paul Doering


Category: Education

About Paul Doering

Occupation: Pharmacy, Emeritus Prof of Pharmacy

Years in Gainesville: 45

Spouse Cheryl Rainey Doering

Children Chris, Tracy, and Jennie

Professor Doering has won the College of Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year Award 5 times and has been given two Teacher Recognition Awards. In 1997 – 1999 he was named by the UF National Alumni Association as the outstanding professor for the entire university, nominated by one of its Alumni. He was honored by Florida Blue Key with a Distinguished Faculty award as an outstanding faculty member campus- wide.

Paul is a favorite with the media, both locally and on a national scale. He welcomes the chance to comment on the news of the day, whether regarding the latest drug of abuse, a newly detected side-effect of a drug, or news about the latest “miracle drug” to be approved.

Similarly, Paul is a frequent source for Journalism students to interview, partially because of his easy accessibility and his patience with student-reporters. Over the years he has given interviews with at least a hundred of tomorrow’s writers and newscasters.

When he is not in the classrooms, Doering can be found at local churches, schools, and senior centers where he presents age-appropriate messages about drugs. Likewise, he teaches law enforcement personnel through the Crisis Intervention Training program. Through the latter, he has helped keep nearly 600 police and correctional officers up to date on the latest trends in the use of street drugs. He teaches first-responders about trends in street drug use and also lectures to drug abuse treatment and prevention professionals.

But above all, Paul’s favorite thing to do is to teach up-and-coming pharmacy students the things they will need to have a successful and fulfilling career. He is dedicated to injecting his own “experiences” (or stories, as he calls them) into the conversation, trying to link the academic world of pharmacy to the realities of a modern professional practice.

Although in January 2011, he officially retired as Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Emeritus after 35 years in the classroom, he soon missed his office and his students so much that he asked if he could return, and since has been invited back to the college. His course load is the same as in the past, only this time he doesn’t get a paycheck. Or if you ask him he would say, “Oh yes, I get paid, but it’s not the monetary kind!!

Professor Doering has a life-long passion for pharmacy practice and teaching has been such a gift to, not only the Gainesville community, but to communites all over. The college is fortunate to have him for the example that he shows to the students and faculty alike.

Nominated by Julie L. Knight

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