Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Dean serves as the School’s Chief Executive Officer and provides academic, intellectual, administrative, and fiduciary leadership to the School. The Dean leads the effort in creating a vision and advancing the mission of the School, with responsibility for academic and development functions, personnel, general administration and management, and budget.
The Dean’s Council is responsible for decisions regarding School policy and strategy and ensuring execution on these strategies. Communication flows from the Dean’s Council to leaders of our divisions and units as well as to the School Community. The Dean’s Council is comprised of the Dean, the 2 Executive Vice Deans, Vice Dean for Professional Education, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, Associate Dean of Advancement, Regional Associate Dean at Asheville, Regional Associate Dean of Eastern North Carolina, Associate Dean for Organizational Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Associate Dean for Strategic Risk Management, and the Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.
The Executive Committee provides advice and consultation to the dean regarding School policy and strategy and serve as a primary conduit of information exchange between the Dean’s Office and the various divisions and units of the School. The Executive committee is comprised of all members of the Dean’s Council as well as the Division Chairs, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice, Assistant Dean of the Professional Curriculum, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs, and the Director of Marketing and Communications.
Executive Vice Deans
The Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer (CAO) works with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer (COO) to serve and support the Dean. The CAO supervises the Division Chairs, providing support and guidance, and fostering faculty equity, engagement, professional development, and well-being. The CAO assists the division chairs with recruitment as it relates to salaries, start-ups, onboarding, orientation, and retention of faculty. The CAO oversees the Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment; the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research; and the Office of Next in Education. The CAO chairs the School’s Education Advisory Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that all of the School’s educational programs, both residential and online, are innovative and impactful, and that implementation and assessment are aligned and well-coordinated across programs. In collaboration with the COO, the CAO is responsible for negotiating, implementing and managing contracts, MOUs, and other agreements for the School. The CAO engages with other Senior Associate Deans across campus to identify opportunities for collaboration and exchange of information and resources.
The Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer (CAO) to serve and support the Dean. The COO/CFO is responsible for leading and managing the administrative, business, and financial operations of the School. The COO/CFO oversees the following functions: Human Resources and Engagement; Business and Finance; Marketing and Communication; Facilities; Information Technology; Educational Technology; and Modeling, Education Design, Interactive Arts (MEDIA); Digital Learning/Continuing Education, and the School’s Well Being and Resilience efforts. In collaboration with the CAO, the COO/CFO assists the division chairs with recruitment as it relates to salaries, space, start-up, onboarding, orientation, and retention of faculty. The COO/CFO, in collaboration with the CAO, is responsible for negotiating, implementing, and managing all contracts, MOUs, and other agreements for the School and serving as the CFO for the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII). Additionally, the COO/CFO works in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and the Director of the EII to support the School-affiliated Research Centers.
Executive Associate Deans
Executive Associate Dean UNC Health
Regional Director of Pharmacy – Triangle West
Office: (984) 974-6642
The Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice assists the Dean in ensuring that the clinical practice and education of our learners are aligned with the UNC Hospital partnership with the School. The Executive Associate Dean plays a key role in ensuring a shared alignment between the Hospital and the School in matters related to patient care focused research, teaching, and service. In the role of Regional Director of Pharmacy – Triangle West, the Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice partners closely with the School’s leadership in advancing the Partnership in Patient Care between UNC Medical Center and the School; oversees pharmacy practice affairs, including credentialing and privileging of pharmacists, in all UNC Health Care System-affiliated practice environments; ensures compliance with associated laws, rules, regulations, and policies; and creates and sustains innovative practice models that are progressive to the profession. The Executive Associate Dean works closely with the School’s Executive Committee to identify and implement strategies to research, define, and continuously improve the practice of pharmacy.
The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education serves as the chief research officer for the School, providing oversight of the research, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs, and assisting the Dean in ensuring a strong research infrastructure and compliance with all UNC, state, and federal policies. Major areas of responsibility include: continued expansion of our research enterprise; oversight of grant and contract administration; management of funds to support the research and graduate programs; identification of funding mechanisms and development of programs to foster research and training, including partnerships with key constituents at the local, regional, national and global level; identification and coordination of training grant and multi-investigator, transdisciplinary collaborative research grant submissions; oversight of all School-affiliated U.N.C. Research Centers; and oversight of graduate and fellowship programs. The Office of Research and Graduate Education serves as the School’s liaison with internal and external constituents on all matters relating to research, graduate education, and postdoctoral training.
The Associate Dean for Admissions and Accreditation works closely with leadership, faculty, staff, and students at the School as well as external stakeholders to ensure that the pipeline for students and admitted students in our PharmD program are of the highest caliber. The Associate Dean oversees accreditation of the professional program, leads recruitment and admission to the PharmD program, develops strategic partnerships to achieve the BEYOND goals, collaborates with the Office of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Student Affairs to develop educational partnerships and oversee content for high schools and colleges educating underserved communities in NC and beyond.
The Associate Dean for Global Engagement leads the Office of Global Engagement. The Associate Dean supervises the Director of Global Engagement and ensures that the School’s global activities are strategic, value-added, and successful. The Associate Dean seeks to create and expand impactful global collaborations in education, research, and practice, and oversees the Global Pharmacy Scholars program and the PharmAlliance partnership with Monash University and University College London. The Associate Dean assists faculty in advancing their global network and global ambitions. The Associate Dean works collaboratively with the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer and engages with all other units on campus to develop collaborative partnerships in global research, education, and practice.
The Associate Dean for Advancement, in collaboration with the advancement team, directs the acquisition of private philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the mission of the School, in alignment with the School’s Strategic Plan and the comprehensive Campaign Plan. In order to cultivate a strong culture of philanthropy and investment in the School, the advancement team, in partnership with School leadership, fosters external relationships with alumni and friends to engage them more deeply in the work and mission of the School. The Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs oversees the work of the Pharmacy Alumni Association through regular meetings and events, such as Alumni Weekend.
The Associate Dean serves as President of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation and oversees the functions of its 501(c)(3) status and board of directors.
Associate Dean, Experiential Programs and Interprofessional Affairs
Office: (919) 962-1641
The Associate Dean for Experiential Programs and Interprofessional Affairs is responsible for overseeing the Office of Experiential Programs and building and strengthening experiential partnerships. This includes engaging internal and external stakeholders to build new programs and continually improve the curriculum, ensuring student support services and program policies are consistently applied across all campus locations and experiential regions, overseeing student issues and progression challenges for all professional students in the experiential education environment, and working collaboratively with the regional associate deans as well as the office of rural health to build experiential programming. The Associate Dean ensures assessment of the experiential and interprofessional education programs address the breadth and depth of the program needs and that data are used to inform and guide change, works with the Associate Dean for Admissions and Accreditation to ensure the experiential curriculum is meeting all ACPE standards, and building and strengthening strategic partnerships with external constituents for delivery of the PharmD program relative to clinical and interprofessional training.
Associate Dean, Professional Education
Office: (919) 966-9104
The Associate Dean for Professional Education ensures the PharmD program remains at the forefront of health professions and pharmacy education through implementation of innovations in education and ensures sustainability of the curriculum. The Associate Dean maintains desired outcomes of the PharmD program and supports these using enabling competencies and entrustable professional activities (EPAs). In partnership with the Division Chairs and relevant faculty as well as other stakeholders and partners, the Associate Dean identifies opportunities to advance the education and training of our students in alignment with contemporary pharmacy practice and emerging opportunities in healthcare. The Associate Dean also maintains guiding principles of the curriculum, revisiting the guiding principles if they require refinement over time and ensures faculty alignment with these guiding principles.
Regional Associate Dean, Asheville
The Regional Associate Dean serves as the chief administrative officer for the Asheville Campus and assists the Dean with ensuring that the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and the Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative based in Western North Carolina are of the highest quality. The Regional Associate Dean supervises the Director of Professional Education in Asheville and the Director of Rural Health. Major areas of responsibility include: oversight of the PharmD program at the UNC-Asheville Campus; leading the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC partnership; fostering collaborative relationships with strategic partners for education, practice, and research in Western NC; developing new partnerships and programs in Western NC to serve our students and the citizens of our state; and recruiting faculty, staff and students to the Asheville campus. The Regional Associate Dean works closely with the executive committee to foster a culture on the Asheville campus that promotes the well-being and professional development of the faculty, staff, and study body in Asheville; and promotes interprofessional collaboration, community engagement, and practice advancement.
The Regional Associate Dean of Eastern North Carolina will develop new strategic partnerships between the School and other units on campus, other post‐secondary institutions, new and existing health care systems, and other stakeholders in eastern North Carolina. She will also develop a new Eastern NC advisory committee to bring potential partners, alumni, and faculty together to select those opportunities that will best serve our state and enrich our School. They will work with the Associate and Assistant Dean for Advancement to identify possible avenues of funding to support partnerships in the region. Finally, they will be involved in the recruitment, orientation, and mentoring of new faculty and staff that will support eastern North Carolina partnerships.
The Associate Dean leads the Office of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for the strategy development, guiding ownership, and implementation of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan. Major areas of responsibility include: developing best practices and addressing challenges to recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, staff, and postdocs; leading the development, implementation, and assessment of cultural intelligence in the PharmD and PhD programs; building an inclusive culture; following relevant metrics to assess the School’s effectiveness and impact as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization; and developing strategic partnerships and programs within and external to the University to achieve the priorities of the Office and the School.
The Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Risk Management provides leadership and due diligence in assessing and managing risk within the School. This includes gathering the necessary intelligence and creating gating criteria for School leadership to make investments and management decisions, as well as providing recommendations for pivoting existing programs toward more successful outcomes. Risk management also includes educating School leadership on the changing risk environment, leading the development and implementation of initiatives to raise awareness and compliance in partnership with unit leads, and developing strategies to manage institutional gaps through risk identification and risk management processes.
Assistant Dean, Professional Education
Office: (919) 843-2280
The Assistant Dean for Professional Education is responsible for leading the integration of curricular innovations and ensuring the implementation and execution of a bold, transformative professional curriculum, including domestic, global, and certificate programs in the professional program. The Assistant Dean works closely with he Associate Dean for Professional Education to ensure the curriculum is designed optimally for the current needs of the pharmacy profession; students are successful in meeting the mission of the Doctor of Pharmacy program; and curriculum resources are optimized in the design and delivery of the program. Working closely with the Division Chairs and faculty, the Assistant Dean will ensure that teaching needs are met across the PharmD curriculum in alignment with course/student needs and expertise/availability of the faculty. The Assistant Dean will also serve as a liaison between the faculty-at-large, course stream leaders, and members of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CAC), collaborate with the Office of Student Affairs, and work closely with the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) to proactively identify opportunities for faculty development.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Education
Office: (919) 966-6422
The Assistant Dean for Graduate Education serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. and M.S. programs and assists the Dean in ensuring that our graduate programs provide the highest level of future-focused training for our graduate students. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies works closely with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education on all matters related to graduate training. Major areas of responsibility include: providing leadership to sustain and advance the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences; leading Graduate Program recruitment, admissions, progression, and graduation; maintaining a contemporary, high-quality graduate curricula; pursuing funding to support the Graduate Program; overseeing student achievement of core competencies in the Graduate Program; and supporting the development of new residential and online graduate programs and training initiatives.
The Chairs of the School’s five academic divisions are responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of their respective Divisions is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School. The Chairs oversee their Division’s contributions to the professional, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs. Major areas of responsibility include: initiating and directing plans for recruitment and retention of faculty, as well as appointments, reappointments, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure actions in compliance with University requirements; managing the division budget; representing the Division within the School and with external constituencies and partners; building external partnerships to strengthen work within their respective divisions and the School; managing all division personnel activities, including staff and faculty evaluations; ensuring consistency in enforcement of policies and adequate documentation; and mentoring, guiding, and supporting their faculty.
The Chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in practice advancement and education are in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of PACE, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Medication Optimization (CMO) whose faculty role resides within PACE to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
Vice Chair, Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Professor, Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Office: (919) 962-8907
The Chair of the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmacoengineering and molecular pharmaceutics is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of DPMP, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery whose faculty role resides within DPMP to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
The Chair of the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (CBMC) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of CBMC, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (CICBDD) whose faculty role resides within CBMC to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
The Chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
The Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
Director of Eshelman Institute for Innovation
Office: (919) 966-7878
The Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is responsible for creating a culture of innovation and sustaining an innovation engine. The Director will lead the Institute team in an effort to make the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) a premier institution nationally and internationally where ideas are seeded, nurtured, and translated into transformative societal outcomes through innovation in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences research.