Dept. Chair, Pharmacy Practice

Mercer University - Atlanta, GA
Posted: September 9, 2019


Mercer University College of Pharmacy is seeking an outstanding leader to serve as the chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. The College and the department are dedicated to excellence in teaching, professional and community service, and a growing research program. The departments portfolio of thirty faculty members, both clinical and research-intensive, includes clinicians embedded in a variety of practice settings, social administrative scientists, laboratory-based clinical-translational research, experiential education, and a network of over 500 practitioner preceptors.

Strong mentoring ability is a vital quality of the next chair. Leadership in curricular advancement to elevate student learning, achievement, and success outcomes is a key focus. The chair will oversee a budget of more than $4 million annually and be responsible for recruiting and leading outstanding faculty and staff to their potential as academicians. Accelerating research growth and capability is a strategic priority. Developing, maintaining, and enriching relationships with partners at the academic-practice interface, including health systems, corporate and independent pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and other stakeholders is essential to the departments success. The chair reports directly to the Dean and is a member of the Colleges Executive Committee.

In addition to administrative and academic leadership duties, the chair will participate in didactic education, collaborative scholarly activity, service to the College and profession, and represent the Dean at campus, state, and national levels when requested.


Successful candidate must be a pharmacist with a terminal doctorate degree from an accredited institution (Pharm.D. or Ph.D.), post-doctoral training and experience sufficient to qualify for associate or full professor with demonstrated success in teaching, scholarship, and service. Additional qualities include:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate a vision for success;
  • The ability to lead, empower, and inspire faculty, staff, and students;
  • Experience with supervision and budget management;
  • Experience with post-graduate residency programs and/or graduate education;
  • Experience with accreditation standards;
  • Experience with strategic planning and implementation;
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Preferred qualifications include credentials to qualify for a tenure-track full professor.

Additional Information

The Colleges vision is to empower ourselves and others to cultivate passion to enrich health and improve lives. Its mission is to enhance health through innovations in teaching, research, patient-centered care, and service. The College was founded in 1903 as the Southern College of Pharmacy. It is the top-ranked private college of pharmacy in the Southeast and was the first college in the Southeast to implement the entry-level Pharm.D. degree. Combined degree programs include the Pharm.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D./Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the Stetson School of Business at Mercer University, Pharm.D./Master of Public Health (MPH) with the College of Health Professions at Mercer University, and the Pharm.D./Master of Science in Health Informatics with the Penfield College at Mercer University. While not denominationally affiliated, Mercer has a faith-based heritage and remains committed to principles of intellectual and religious freedom.

The student body includes 560 pharmacy students and 45 graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Mercer University and the College of Pharmacy have a long and distinguished history of impactful service in the community and world. A welcoming, diverse and inclusive climate and culture is a differential advantage for the College. Approximately one-third of enrollment is of underrepresented minority students. About twenty-five percent of graduates progress to post-graduate residency training. Student organizations routinely receive various national awards.

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Required Documents

1) CV, 2) Cover Letter, 3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and 4) References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application review and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please see the official job posting and application requirements at

Interested candidates may obtain additional information from:

Pamela Moye-Dickerson, Pharm.D.

Chair, Search Committee

Mercer University College of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy Practice

3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta GA 48201

Email: Telephone: 678-547-6176

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