Promotion and tenure: Clinical faculty at schools of pharmacy in Canada
Keywords:Pharmacy education, clinical pharmacy, clinical faculty, tenure and promotion
AbstractAs a result of an evolution in roles and responsibilities of pharmacists, pharmacy education in North America has become more clinical in nature. In order to meet teaching and research requirements, Canadian pharmacy schools are hiring non-traditional faculty members who possess advanced clinical degrees and training rather than traditional academic qualifications. Policies with respect to tenure and promotion have not kept pace with these changes in hiring practices. Research was undertaken to examine the application of tenure and promotion policies and guidelines to clinical pharmacy faculty members across Canada. Document review was complemented by key informant interviews. A series of themes emerged indicating areas of concern regarding application of traditional “arts and science” tenuring/promotion policies for clinical pharmacy faculty members. Based on these themes, a model for development of guidelines to acknowledge the value and importance of creative scholarly activity within pharmacy (“the 5 C’s”) is proposed and discussed.
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