Faculty Members Elected To National AACP Leadership Positions
Three School of Pharmacy faculty members have been elected to national leadership positions within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) over the past two years. Dr. Jordan Covvey is Chair-Elect of the Public Health Special Interest Group (SIG); Dr. Marc Harrold is Chair of the Chemistry section; and Dr. Lauren O'Donnell is the incoming Chair-Elect of the Biological Sciences section. Dr. Covvey and Dr. Harrold are currently active in their leadership roles, and Dr. O'Donnell will be installed during the AACP national meeting, to be held in Nashville in July.
Each office has a three-year term, with the first year being Chair-Elect, the second year Chair, and the third year Immediate Past Chair. Terms transition at the AACP Annual Meeting held in July each year. Dr. Harrold said that this represents his second term, as he first served a three-year term about 15 years ago. He said that one of the main responsibilities of the Chair-Elect is coordinating programming and continuing education opportunities for the upcoming year, while the main responsibility of the Chair is organize and oversee Section committees and work with the AACP Council of Sections.
Dr. O'Donnell said that the main focus of her office is to "provide educational programming for pharmacy faculty to keep pharmacy education current." She added that involvement on a national level gives the opportunity for Duquesne to "have a voice in advocating for pharmacy education, not only for students, but for faculty as well."
According to Dr. Harrold, a primary goal of his office is to "make basic sciences relevant to pharmacy. We need to make sure that that we aren't teaching chemistry for chemistry's sake, but that we are giving pharmacists the foundational structure that they need, and that it is applicable to pharmacists and our students."
Dr. Covvey said that the mission of the Public Health SIG is to "enable the Academy to focus on issues and impacts that serve to protect, promote, enhance the health and well-being of all people and the environment; and prevent disease in a global framework." The SIGs include faculty members from schools/colleges of pharmacy across the nation and are a unique opportunity to help drive leadership in pharmacy education. As Chair-Elect, she has planned programming over the past year, including three webinars over the Spring and two live continuing education sessions slated for the AACP Annual Meeting in Nashville in July. "My time as a leader on our SIG has been incredibly fulfilling so far, and I'm excited to see what we can achieve over the next couple years as I transition to Chair and Immediate Past Chair," she said.
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