Nicole D. Avant, Pharm.D., BCACP is the clinical assistant professor and chief diversity officer for the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. In 2015, she was hired as the first black woman faculty member at the College.
Dr. Avant earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She then completed two years of post-graduate residency training at the University of Oklahoma (OU).
She has over a decade of experience teaching students of all ages. During her training at OU, she acquired foundational and advanced teaching certificates. Currently at UC, she teaches Cultural Awareness, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, and Inclusive Leadership in Health to pharmacy students.
She has clinical experience in multiple practice settings from pharmacist-run clinics to inter-professional clinics. She has managed diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia in the context of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and warfarin therapy.
In addition to her clinical experience, she has held many national leadership positions. Currently she serves as the Minority Faculty SIG Chair-Elect for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Locally, she functions as UC’s Diversity and Inclusion Resource Liaison, UC’s Scholars Academy Liaison, the Chair for the College’s Council on Diversity, and the faculty adviser for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.
In addition to teaching, leadership, and clinical accomplishments, Dr. Avant is working on several research initiatives involving inclusion such as microaggressions and implicit bias in pharmacy. She has delivered national presentations from Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom to 5 Critical Pressures for Diversity in Pharmacy.
She resides with her husband, Darold, and their 4 children aged 3-19 years old.