Steiner Named UW College of Health Sciences Dean
May 11, 2009 — Joseph Steiner, dean and professor at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, has been named dean of the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences. His appointment begins July 1, subject to approval by UW's Board of Trustees.
Steiner replaces Robert Kelley, who last year was named president of the University of North Dakota. Pharmacy Professor Beverly Sullivan served as interim dean for the 2008-09 academic year.
Steiner is returning to UW, having served as professor and director of pharmacy practice for four years before accepting the ISU position in 2001. Preceding that, he spent 18 years as professor and clinical pharmacy director for the College of Health Sciences schools of Human Medicine and Pharmacy at the UW Family Practice Residency Program in Casper.
At ISU, he is a member of the Telehealth Executive Committee, a member of the Campus Planning Council and secretary of the Idaho Drug Utilization Review Board. He has remained an active presenter, author and successful grant recipient for more than two decades. His academic interests include geriatrics, pain management, urology, ambulatory infectious disease, sports medicine, faculty and curriculum development and administration.
In his previous position at UW, he was a member of the Executive Committee for the Wyoming Area Health Education Center, co-director of the Wyoming AIDS Education and Training Center and served on several state health care advisory boards. He has been active in state, regional and national pharmacy organizations. He is a past president of the Wyoming Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and currently serves as a member of the American Society of Health-Systems Educational Affairs Council.
He earned bachelor's degrees in zoology (1971) and pharmacy (1973) and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1974), all from the University of Michigan, and then completed a Pharmacy Residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
The UW College of Health Sciences is the state's leading provider of professionals to fill positions in the health care industry. The college is home to UW's School of Pharmacy, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, and five divisions: Medical Education and Public Health, Communication Disorders; Kinesiology and Health; Social Work; and Allied Health Professions. The school also administers the B.S. in Health Sciences Program.
The Division of Medical Education and Public Health includes the WWAMI Medical Education Program, the Family Practice Residency Programs in Casper and Cheyenne, and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
In addition to these units, the college is home to the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), which provides education, program evaluation, community supports and information services to consumers and professionals who work with people with disabilities throughout the state.
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2009