Academic Affairs Biographies

Dr. Anna RatkaAnna Ratka, Ph.D., Pharm.D., RPh, CPE, is the Interim Associate Dean of Pharmacy Academic Affairs and a Professorat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Ratka graduated with M.S. in pharmacy (1981) and Ph.D. in pharmacology (1985) from Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland, and with Pharm.D. from Idaho State University (2000). She completed two post-doctoral fellowships, in neuropharmacology at Rudolf Magnus Institute for Pharmacology at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (1985-1988), and in neuroendocrinology at the University of Florida in the Department of Pharmacodynamics (1988-1991). In 1992, she became a faculty member at the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University (ISU). While at ISU, she completed sabbatical training on cancer pain management at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. In 2003, she joined the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at University of North Texas Health Science Center and served as a founding Director of Clinical Research at the Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research. In 2006, she joined Texas A&M Health Science Center as a founding chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and made contributions to development and accreditation of Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. In 2013, Dr. Ratka came to Chicago State University College of Pharmacy as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Ratka is a Certified Pain Educator. She is a board-certified pharmacist with experience in community and hospital pharmacy practice. Dr. Ratka is a graduate from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program. As a pharmacy faculty, Dr. Ratka has taught and mentored pharmacy professional students and graduate students, conducted research/scholarship, and has been engaged in service to the community and national professional organizations.

Dr. Ratka’s teaching expertise is in pharmacology, pain pharmacotherapy and pain management, basic pharmacokinetics, and compounding of sterile preparations. She is engaged in scholarship of teaching. Dr. Ratka research expertise is in neuroscience/neuropharmacology with special emphasis on pain. In her research she has designed and performed basic and clinical studies. Her current research focus is on the effects of oxidative damage, neuronal degeneration and aging on opioid receptors and pain-relieving effects of opioids. Dr. Ratka has authored about 100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and presentations, is a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals and funding agencies, and serves on editorial boards. She received awards for teaching and research from her students and peers.
Currently, Dr. Ratka is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Pain Society (APS), American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE), and pharmacy honor societies Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity, Rho Chi Honor Society, and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. At the AACP, she has held leadership positions at the Global Pharmacy Education Special Interest Group, and is a member of the faculty Affairs Committee at the Council of Faculties. She serves as the on-site team evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


Nancy C. Grim Hunter, Ph.DNancy C. Grim Hunter, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of Assessment for the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Grim Hunter received her B.S. Chemistry from Ohio University (1993), M.S. Chemistry (Physical Organic and Education) from Miami University of Ohio (1996), and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education) from University of Illinois at Chicago (1997).

Prior to serving in the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Grim was faculty in both the College of Arts & Sciences in the Department of Chemistry and Physics and the College of Education in the Elementary and Middle School Programs, where she holds the rank of Professor and has earned tenure. As the former Associate Dean in the College of Education, Dr. Grim led the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences through many accreditation and approval site visits. The Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education cited her work in assessment and accreditation as exemplary models. Dr. Grim has earned numerous teaching awards including the CSU Faculty Excellence Award in Research and in Teaching, the CSU College of Education Distinguished Educator Award, and the National Science Teachers Association Super Key Leader Award.

She has been the principal investor / co-PI on numerous grant projects including the CSU Teacher Quality Enhancement Middle School Project.  In addition, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Grim Hunter is an ordained clergy member in the United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Conference.