Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacy Education


The Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacy Education at the Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy provides an opportunity for a highly motivated and interested professional to train in a unique and progressive academic environment. Training primarily focuses on the tripartite mission of pharmacy faculty (i.e. teaching, scholarship and service). Fellows also gain exposure to critical leadership and management issues facing the academy.

The recent growth in existing and new pharmacy schools, in combination with a general shortage of pharmacists, has resulted in a major shortage of prepared and qualified pharmacy faculty members. To further complicate this issue, few if any Pharm.D. or Ph.D. programs prepare graduates for the challenges associated with entering a career in academic pharmacy.

The program’s experiences are designed to provide new practitioners and/or scientists with a solid foundation to begin an effective and productive academic career in pharmacy.

The fellowship is a 12-month, post-doctoral training program that begins during the summer under the supervision of the Director of Post-Graduate Training and the Fellowship Advisory Council. This position is granted an academic rank of Post-Graduate Instructor within the College of Health Professions and is an 11-month calendar year term appointment. Two positions are available annually.

Qualifications and Selection of Candidates

Training Schedule

The training program will consist of the following sections, the majority of which are delivered longitudinally throughout the academic year:

Orientation: A brief orientation program will begin with all of the following SOP staff areas: SOP administration (Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, Director of Experiential Education), Pharmaceutical Science Faculty, Pharmacy Practice Faculty, College of Health Professions administration (Executive Dean/Vice Provost), and Pacific University administration. An extensive overview of the modified-block curriculum employed by the School will be provided. In addition there will also be a series of foundational readings related to active learning approaches and educational pedagogy.

Teaching: Topics will include, but not limited to, understanding the role and responsibilities of the educator; developing lecture, course, and curricular materials for seminars, courses, and labs; investigating innovations and technological advances to enhance an educator’s abilities; and developing relationships with and providing training opportunities at experiential practice sites. The fellow will have the opportunity to focus their training in such areas as required courses, elective courses, and experiential education. All fellows will participate in the School’s Peer Review of Instruction process.

Scholarship: The fellow will be introduced to a variety of aspects related to the scholarship mission of the School. Fellows will gain experience in managing the intricacies of a clinical or laboratory practice (as appropriate), in relationship to the teaching and service missions of the academy. Each fellow will be required to conduct, and submit for publication, a minimum of two peer-reviewed forms of scholarship. This scholarship should reflect, at least in part, some component of the fellow’s clinical or laboratory practice. No more than one poster presentation will count toward the minimum of two submitted forms of scholarship.

Service: The fellow will learn about the importance of service in the life of an academician and academic administrative responsibilities. The fellow will attend, at the discretion of the Dean and program director, all meetings of the Dean’s Executive Committee, Dean’s Cabinet, and will visit all SOP Committees. The fellow attends the faculty meetings of the SOP, CHP, and University. When feasible, the fellow will also attend conferences and meetings with outside agencies and organizations at the regional, state and national level. Visitations to other organizations may be scheduled.