2016-2017 Samford University Catalog 
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2016-2017 Samford University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

McWhorter School of Pharmacy

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Michael A. Crouch, Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor
Michael G. Kendrach, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
Renee M. DeHart, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Professor
Elizabeth Ann Scheaffer, Associate Dean of Assessment and Accreditation, Associate Professor
Bruce A. Waldrop, Chair, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Associate Professor
Michael Chad Thomas, Chair, Pharmacy Practice, Professor


Kimberley W. Benner, Professor
Amy E. Broeseker, Professor
Marshall E. Cates, Professor
Maisha Kelly Freeman, Professor
Greg S. Gorman, Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor
Robert P. Henderson, Professor
Michael D. Hogue, Associate Dean, Center for Faith and Health, Professor
Roger D. Lander, Professor
David R. Luthin, Professor
Valerie T. Prince, Professor
Robert M. Riggs, Professor
Charles D. Sands, III, Professor
Pamela J. Sims, Professor
Angela D. Thomason, Professor
Mary A. Worthington, Professor
John J. Arnold, Associate Professor
Jennifer W. Beall, Associate Professor
Erika Cretton-Scott, Associate Professor
Danielle L. Cruthirds, Associate Professor
B. DeeAnn Dugan, Associate Professor
Peter J. Hughes, Associate Professor
Maryam Iranikhah, Associate Professor
Jeffrey A. Kyle, Associate Professor
Katrina Hunter Mintz, Associate Professor
Rachel Morgan Slaton, Associate Professor
Paula A. Thompson, Associate Professor
Robert Wang, Associate Professor
Terri M. Wensel, Associate Professor
C. Whitney White, Associate Professor
Jennie K. Boyd, Assistant Professor
Bernadette D’Souza, Assistant Professor
Crystal Deas, Assistant Professor
John Anthony (Jake) Galdo, Assistant Professor
Patricia Jumbo Lucioni, Assistant Professor
Anna E. Meador, Assistant Professor
Pilar Murphy, Assistant Professor
Patricia B. Naro, Assistant Professor
Jessica Skelley, Assistant Professor
Cheryl M. Miller, Instructor


The McWhorter School of Pharmacy of Samford University was established January 31, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama as the Howard College Department of Pharmacy. The Department grew steadily and became the Division of Pharmacy in 1938. Designation as the Samford University School of Pharmacy occurred in 1965 when Howard College reorganized to become Samford University. In 1995, Samford University Trustees authorized naming the school the McWhorter School of Pharmacy in recognition of the generous support of alumnus R. Clayton McWhorter (‘55) and his family. In 2012, the School celebrated its 85th year of operation.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the pharmacy school is to prepare pharmacists who transform lives.

The pharmacy school supports the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) statement of a unified vision for the future of pharmacy practice that states that “Pharmacists will be the health care professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.”

The mission of the Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy is to nurture and prepare persons within a Christian environment to be exemplary pharmacists and to improve health worldwide through innovative pharmacy practice, scholarship, and service.

Curriculum Outcome

A doctor of pharmacy graduate from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one who is prepared to:

  • Render exemplary pharmaceutical care
  • Succeed in a postgraduate training or degree program
  • Pursue life-long learning
  • Advance the practice and profession of pharmacy

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Values

Christian Faith

We value Christian faith, which encompasses:

  • Supporting the Christian mission of the university
  • Encouraging the exploration of calling in one’s professional and personal life
  • Creating an environment that fosters community and acceptance
  • Providing opportunities for shaping one’s own spiritual formation

We value discovery, which encompasses:

  • Acquiring knowledge relating to pharmacy and medication therapy
  • Applying knowledge to better patients’ health and lives
  • Engaging in teaching and learning that challenges and enlightens
  • Conducting research that contributes to the body of knowledge relating to pharmacy and medication therapy
  • Fostering creativity and inquisitiveness
Patient Health

We value patient health, which encompasses:

  • Caring for the individual patient as well as the population
  • Cultivating patient-centered approach to healthcare
  • Exhibiting compassionate care for the whole person
  • Promoting patient wellness and preventative care
  • Advancing pharmacists’ role in the healthcare team
  • Advocating use of the most effective healing methods
  • Promoting optimal medication use
  • Improving care for the underserved

We value tradition, which encompasses:

  • Providing rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting
  • Promoting distinction in practice that spans generations of pharmacists since our founding in 1927
  • Pursuing excellence in teaching and learning while engaging in quality scholarship and excellence in practice
  • Producing accomplished student and alumni leaders in the pharmacy profession and in local communities
  • Establishing collaboration with local, national, and international partners
  • Recruiting and retaining highly credentialed and qualified faculty

We value relationships, which encompass:

  • Cultivating caring and respectful faculty-student interactions
  • Maintaining involvement with alumni
  • Encouraging student connectedness
  • Providing a community environment for employees
  • Appreciating and supporting external constituents

We value achievement, which encompasses:

  • Striving for excellence in teaching, learning, service, practice, and scholarship
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages personal growth and development
  • Maintaining continuous school accreditation through ACPE since our first site visit in 1940
  • Graduating pharmacists who consistently exceed national averages on licensure exams
  • Promoting life-long learning and an attitude of service to others and the profession

We value professionalism, which encompasses:

  • Demonstrating personal integrity
  • Accepting responsibility for the quality of individual practice
  • Practicing with a commitment to service
  • Serving the needs of both the patient and profession
  • Exhibiting continuously the ethical, moral, and legal principles of our profession
  • Participating in pharmacy organizations to advance the profession
Ability-Based Outcomes
  • Professionalism: The candidate will exhibit behaviors and values consistent with the trust given to the profession of pharmacy and actively and effectively engage as a healthcare team member.
  • Communication: The candidate will model effective communication through use of verbal, written, visual, and kinesthetic media.
  • Self-Directed Learning: The candidate will develop and actively maintain depth and breadth of knowledge in biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, behavioral, administrative, and clinical sciences.
  • Patient-Centered Care: The candidate will provide optimal, patient-centered pharmaceutical care by designing prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for common disease states to improve health and wellness for individuals and communities.
  • Resource Management: The candidate will link business applications and clinical practices to manage human, financial, technological, and physical resources effectively and to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: The candidate will demonstrate competency in using drug information skills to promote evidence-based practice.
  • Critical Thinking: The candidate will effectively evaluate information and critically think through issues in order to exercise appropriate judgment and provide appropriate solutions to drug-related problems.
  • Leadership: The candidate will take responsibility for the continual improvement and advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
  • Interprofessionalism: The candidate will engage with other health care providers to learn the role of other disciplines in providing patient care and to contribute to the health care team.

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL, 60602, telephone (312) 664-3575. Web address: www.acpe-accredit.org.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists
Christian Pharmacy Fellowship
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
National Community Pharmacists Association
The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group
Phi Lambda Sigma (Leadership Society)
Rho Chi Society (Academic Honor Society)
Student College of Clinical Pharmacy
Student National Pharmaceutical Association
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy

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