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Surveying the Field

Published on 22 July 2016

A brief conversation at a national conference sparked a question for Abby Yancey, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice. She began thinking about how colleges of pharmacy use external reviews in promotion and tenure decisions. Once back on campus, she went looking for answers along with Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Jamie Woodyard Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

The answers they found will be presented in the poster “Use of External Reviews During the Promotion and Tenure Process” at the upcoming American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting.

“It’s important to get those outside eyes a look at what faculty have accomplished during their time at an institution,” Yancey said.

The group surveyed pharmacy practice department heads at all 112 colleges of pharmacy with several questions. They asked how external reviewers were chosen, what areas of a faculty member’s work were chosen and what materials were given over to the reviewer. They found most of the responding institutions utilized external reviews. Yancey sees this as baseline research to begin a conversation because there is very limited scholarship on the topic.

“Consistency amongst colleges of pharmacy is important,” Yancey said. “I don’t think we need step-by-step instructions, but I do believe there is a desire for a standardized approach to the process.”

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