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Nicholas Denton, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Pharmacy Education and Innovation
(614) 292-9917

Professional Interests

Dr. Denton's teaching includes various pharmaceutical science laboratory and research survey-based courses along with previous experience in writing courses. His teaching philosophy is that advancing inclusive and inquiry-based teaching is required to train the innovative and diverse research teams needed to solve wicked problems in pharmacy practice. Dr. Denton's research group investigations include professional identity formation, teamwork development, inquiry-based learning, metacognitive coaching, healthcare disparity elucidation, course-based undergraduate research experiences, community-based teaching, information/research literacy, social annotation, education technology practices, and various projects advancing discipline-based education research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Denton’s primary service efforts include promoting undergraduate research, professional development in education research, and maintaining an inclusive environment through various committees and affiliation with the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.


Dr. Denton earned his PhD and BS in biomedical science from The Ohio State University, accumulating nearly a decade of experience investigating oncolytic virus therapy, tumor angiogenesis, and cancer immunology at Ohio State and Nationwide Children's Hospital before joining the teaching faculty. He directs the Pharmaceutical Sciences Teaching Laboratory and the lab courses offered at the College of Pharmacy in addition to instructing survey courses in pharmaceutical science research and cancer research. Dr. Denton advocacy for undergraduate research experiences extends beyond didactic teaching to administrating undergraduate research fellowships, serving under the research programs committee, judging research forums, and advising undergraduate research apprenticeships. As a Senior Affiliate to the Drake Institute of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Denton provides professional development to faculty and trainees on education research and evidence-based teaching practices. Dr. Denton is nationally recognized by the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for early career contributions to pharmacology education (2023) and from as an innovator in social annotation for health science education (2023). 

Dr. Denton's teaching practice is primarily in the Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. In directing the pharmaceutical sciences training laboratory, he develops authentic course-based research experiences to develop metacognition, inquiry, and teamwork skills in addition to pharmaceutical science content. As an advocate for undergraduate research, Dr. Denton teaches research survey courses in pharmaceutical science research and cancer research to elucidate the research process to students and develop students' scientist identity through research literacy and career exposure. Dr. Denton's non-didactic teaching practice includes facilitating workshops for interprofessional experiences, DEI professional development, new faculty orientation and communities of practice such as the Teaching as Research cohort. 

Dr. Denton's research interests in discipline-based education research and the scholarship of teaching and learning reflects his teaching philosophy to empower student innovation and advance inclusive teaching practices. This includes regular talks at national conferences on subjects ranging from educational technology applications, to metacognitive coaching, to inquiry-team-based learning, to curricular learning analytics, to student wellness, and cultural competency. Dr. Denton's service on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy also includes scholarship committees investigating social determinants of health educational tools, DEI curricular mapping, and other climate surveys. 


  • 2013, BS Health and Rehabilitation (Biomedical Science), The Ohio State University
  • 2018, PhD, Biomedical Sciences, The Ohio State University


  • 2023, OSU Undergraduate Research Access Innovation Seed Grant
  • 2023, Social Innovator- Health Sciences Award
  • 2023, OSU College of Pharmacy Cassady Hale Award
  • 2023, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Early Career Award in Pharmacology Education
  • 2023, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy SoTL Grant
  • 2022, OSU Interdisciplinary Innovation Team Development Award
  • 2022, OSU Student Academic Success Research Grant
  • 2021, OSU Instructional Redesign Teaching Support Program Award
  • 2021, OSU College of Pharmacy Teaching PEARL Award
  • 2020, OSU Writing Across the Curriculum Meaningful Inquiry Grant
  • 2020, OSU Drake Institute of Teaching and Learning Research and Implementation Grant
  • 2019, OSU UITL Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community Fellowship