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Pharmacy Association Chooses UW Faculty Member for Leadership Program

July 14, 2014
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Tonja Woods

University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Associate Dean Tonja Woods is among 30 faculty members nationwide selected for the American Association of College of Pharmacy’s (AACP) 2014 Academic Leadership Program.

Now in its 11th year, the program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty members for roles as future leaders in pharmacy education and beyond.

Woods will participate in four intensive sessions in residence spread throughout the year, supported by an ongoing informal program of mentoring and introduction to leadership roles at the home institution.

She will attend training sessions on leadership development; team building and self and peer assessments; and will explore legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education. Additionally, Woods will participate in a collaborative group project.

Woods says she seeks mentorship on how change fits into the grid of what pharmacy educators can do to accomplish more using fewer resources. She asks questions such as “How can I engage faculty in a more active and thoughtful way to help create the change needed as a profession, to make the shifts necessary during this very important time?” and “How can the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy better prepare our students to thrive in the changing health care system?”

“As a member of our leadership group, she has shown the ability to present her opinions and articulate the needs relative to realm of academic and student affairs while working with the team to achieve our school’s vision,” says Linda Gore Martin, School of Pharmacy dean. “Having Dr. Woods as an Academic Leadership Fellow will serve her, the school and the university well for the next several decades as she progresses with her career.”

Currently the UW School of Pharmacy’s associate dean for academic and student affairs and an associate professor of pharmacy practice, Woods conducts research involving diabetes, geriatrics, antibiotics and headaches. Her teaching assignments include ambulatory care, therapeutics, geriatrics and the role of pharmacists.

A member of several national professional organizations, Woods received the Wyoming Pharmacy Association’s 2012 Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award. Other honors include being named the 2008 Wyoming recipient of the Pharmacy Practice Award and recognition as the College of Health Sciences outstanding teacher in geriatrics.

Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. The association is composed of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study.

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