Faculty and Staff Biography

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Patrick Fontane

Professor, Sociology
Department of Liberal Arts


Ph.D. (Sociology) State University of New York at Buffalo

M.A. (Sociology) State University of New York at Buffalo

B.A. (Sociology) University of Connecticut


Social Gerontology; Sociology of Religion; Occupations & Professions;

Current Research

Patient Experiences With Compounded Medications (with T. McPherson and R. Bilger)

Pharmacists as Professionals? (with T. McPherson and H. Kindermann)

Women Participants in the Early Days of the Senior Olympics (U.S. Senior Games) (with Katherine Beaucamp)

Current Courses, Activities, and Scholarly Interest

Favorite Courses: Social Gerontology; Sociology of Religion; Introduction to Sociology

Favorite Activities: Physical fitness; yard work; model railroading; USA Track & Field competitor & official

Scholarly Interest(s): active, community-dwelling older persons; social context of compounded medications; contemporary religious belonging;

Vita Highlights

2015 “Compound Medications: Cost and Utilization Patterns.” T. McPherson, R. Henderson, R. Iyengar (forthcoming, Feb. 2016). Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

2014 “Toward Pharmacy as a Profession” (with Timothy B. McPherson and Heather M. Kindermann). Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting. Omaha, NB. 3-6 April.

2013 “Patient-centered Care as Value-added Service by Compounding Pharmacists.” Timothy B. McPherson, Patrick E. Fontane, Jonathan R. Day. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, 17(4):339-343.

2011 "Pharmacists' Social Authority to Transform Community Pharmacy Practice." Timothy B. McPherson, Patrick E. Fontane. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy. Vol.2, No. 2, Article 42.


I enjoy making things "work." This includes gardening and modeling (railroads). This is why I enjoy physical fitness activities and engaging in intellectual problems. The challenge is discover how something works ---to understand and predict, . . . and to use.