Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

David P. Zgarrick. Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

David P. Zgarrick. Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member

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David P. Zgarrick. Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2010. 136 pages, $29.95 (soft-cover) ISBN 978-1-58212-149-9.

As I begin my fourth year as a pharmacy faculty member, I can certainly attest to the challenges, frustrations, rewards, and satisfaction associated with a new academic career. I would not trade it for anything in the world. Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member captures all of these elements. Written for those considering an academic career in pharmacy (and even those who already have one), the book chronologically walks through one's decision to be a faculty member, to understanding the academic environment, to obtaining an academic position, to using recommendations for success in such a position.

The first 2 chapters set the stage for a discussion about an academic pharmacy career by answering the questions, "Why should I consider a career in academic pharmacy?" and "Is academic pharmacy right for me?" The author thoroughly describes the work of a pharmacy faculty member under the tripartite mission of teaching, scholarship, and service. He reinforces that institutions will vary in their expectations of these 3 roles. In the third chapter, the author explores the structure, function, leadership, and operation of universities and schools of pharmacy, outlines different types of academic institutions and faculty appointments, describes how decisions are made at a variety of levels, and describes the role of faculty members in governing an institution and making decisions. In the fourth chapter the author discusses ways in which students and professionals can prepare for an academic career in pharmacy through residencies, research fellowships, and graduate school. In chapter 5 the process of obtaining a faculty position is described. In chapter 6, the author provides interviews with 5 pharmacy faculty members representing a variety of backgrounds and positions. They discuss their educational background and training, their decision to choose an academic career, and their experiences as faculty members. Finally, chapters 7 and 8 contain recommendations for successfully starting and maintaining an academic career and provide resources that new pharmacy faculty members can use to facilitate their success in the academic setting. …

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