EOH's Aaron Barchowsky receives 2018 Craig Teaching Award


Congratulations to EOH's AARON BARCHOWSKY on winning this year's award honoring faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. Barchowsky was nominated by students and chosen by a committee of students and past Craig awardees.

Here are just a few of the comments made by students who nominated Barchowsky for the 2018 Craig Award: 

  • Dr. Barchowsky puts much effort into teaching his class, and he always teaches the class with the same passion and interest, encouraging students to understand the real meaning of public health and the problems that we face every day. He respects students and he is the best professor I’ve known.  
  • Students ask for his help with their studies and projects, and no matter how busy he is, his door is always open to those with troubles, scientific or personal. He is always available and willing to help all students, not just his own. He cares about all of the students and I know that I can always count on him for support and inspiration. 
  • He constantly works to improve his teaching and also the curriculum and the program, to create the best possible learning environment. He is a teacher and mentor advisor without equal. He deserves to be recognized for his outstanding qualities.

Aaron Barchowsky received his BS in zoology from North Carolina State University. He then followed a passion for understanding the interface between the environment and chemicals with biological systems and disease to a PhD in pharmacology from Duke University. 

Following post-doctoral training in toxicology Barchowsky found his first faculty position in clinical pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. There, he directed the Laboratory for Investigative Medicine, studying first time in man drug actions and interactions, while he began teaching pharmacology and toxicology. His career went on at Dartmouth Medical School where he mentored PhD students and post-docs toward their own successful careers, worked with undergraduates towards careers in pharmacology, directed pharmacology courses for medical students, and served as the chair of the education committee, and as a founding member of the MD/PhD training program. 

From there, Barchowsky joined Pitt Public Health as faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in 2003 and continued to develop active research in investigating the mechanisms for environmentally-derived disease. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. While continuing to mentor students and postdocs, he also has directed the environmental health sciences PhD/MS program and has chaired the graduate program committee since 2005. He also established a summer research internship program for regional undergraduate students. 

Barchowsky is active in the Society of Toxicology, the largest professional society of toxicologists in the world. He led their educational programming as chair of the education committee, organizing a society-wide educational summit that brought members from academia, industry, and government together to strategically plan for the future of toxicology education. 

Barchowsky’s research continues to develop, and his passion for new discovery sustains enthusiasm for teaching new concepts and methods to the next generation of environmental health scientists. His passion for environmental health is also translated through educating MPH students from multiple disciplines in the importance of environment in public health and resolving critical environmental health problems.

Established by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumnus James L. Craig, MD, (EOH ’63), this award recognizes faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. Read more at


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