Director of the Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking a dynamic academic leader to guide the growth and development of the Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP) as a regional, national and international leader in health economics, outcomes research and graduate education. The duties of the Director of the PEP Division contribute to and further the mission of UAMS: To improve the health, healthcare, and well-being of Arkansans and others in the region, nation and world.
The person in this position serves as a vital partner in framing the strategic direction for the research and educational missions enacted through the PEP Division. The future Director should demonstrate:

  • The passion, energy, and drive to lead the Division into its next phase of advancement
  • The ability to advance graduate pharmacy education in health economics and outcomes research
  • The ability to lead a research-driven division, promoting and advancing research in health economics and outcomes research
  • The ability to develop effective and collaborative relationships with other academic units and external stakeholders
  • Well-developed leadership skills and genuine interest in the professional development and success of faculty, staff, and students

About the Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy:

The PEP Division was established in 2005 with the mission to advance and disseminate knowledge of the economic, clinical, and humanistic impact of pharmaceutical products and services and to contribute to medication use and health policy development that benefits society. In addition to the Director, the Division consists of 4 full-time faculty, 1 research faculty member, 8 adjunct faculty members, 2 staff members, and 9-12 graduate students.
Division faculty provide national, statewide, and campus leadership in the area of observational research methods and data analytics. The Division serves as resource to the campus as a central repository for observational data for comparative effectiveness evaluations, thus providing access to national Veterans Affairs data, state vital and registry data, and IQVIA commercial claims data. Further, PEP faculty and staff are at the forefront of utilizing data from the Arkansas All Payer Claims Database (APCD) and are a campus-wide knowledge source for this data asset. Research highlights from the PEP Division over the past 10 years include:

  • PEP faculty have received more than $7 million in research funding as principal investigator, with more $67 million in total research funding. Funding sources included the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as foundations and intramural programs.
  • PEP faculty have published 156 peer-reviewed publications with an average of 3.9 peer-reviewed publications per faculty per year. Together with book chapters and other professional articles, faculty have published more than 170 peer-reviewed publications.

The PEP Division offers M.S. / Ph.D. graduate education and contributes to the professional PharmD curriculum in core courses including Pharmacy Management, Evidenced-Based Medicine, and U.S. Health Care Systems. Graduate offerings in the PEP Division began with the MS degree in 2007. The PEP Ph.D. track was approved in 2012 as part of the College of Pharmacy’s newly established Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. program. Graduate students receive training in large data analysis, informatics, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, econometrics and statistics, and quality of life/patient reporting outcomes evaluations. Educational highlights from the PEP Division include:

  • PEP has matriculated 22 MS and 10 PhD students since 2007 and 2012, respectively.
  • Current PEP student enrollment includes 7 PhD and 1 MS graduate students, with 3 additional PhD students accepted for Fall 2020.
  • Upon graduation, 100% of PEP graduate students have entered a career in the PEP field or pursued PhD training.

About the College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy of the University of Arkansas was established at the beginning of the 1951-52 academic year in response to demand for well-prepared individuals in practical and theoretical pharmacy and interrelated subjects. The College enjoys a 68-year history of preparing pharmacists for practice, has an enrollment of 350 students; and employs nearly 75 faculty and staff members. The College of Pharmacy is supported by over 400 pharmacist preceptors throughout the state. The College appreciates its strong relationship with community independent pharmacy owners throughout the state. The academic responsibility of the College of Pharmacy is to nurture an environment of excellence in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences with appropriate concern for the communication and acquisition of new knowledge through sound teaching methods and the pursuit of new knowledge through research and study. Programs operated by the College include the Arkansas Poison Control Center, the Nuclear Education Online program, and the Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program. The College offers dual-degree programs in conjunction with UAMS College of Public Health (Master of Public Health) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Business (Master of Business Administration).

In 2009, UAMS opened a satellite campus in Fayetteville to help address growing health care workforce shortages by providing additional training sites and enabling UAMS to increase its enrollment. For the 2019-20 academic year, the College of Pharmacy has 24 third-year students on the regional campus and 23 fourth-year students based out of the regional campus doing their advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in the region. The Northwest campus provides facilities for 250 – 300 medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health students, and resident pharmacists and physicians.

Mission

The UAMS College of Pharmacy's mission is to improve the health of culturally diverse populations by:

  • Educating pharmacy leaders to address community health needs
  • Advancing scientific discovery to produce innovations in healthcare
  • Fostering progressive pharmacy practice through service to the profession

About EBRx:

The Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program (EBRx) is a service unit within the College of Pharmacy. Since 2004, EBRx has managed prescription drug programs within the Arkansas state government, including such employer groups as state employees, public school employees , state police, state university systems, league of municipalities, and worker’s compensation programs. EBRx further extends its services to private, self-funded employer groups in over 20 states through its collaboration with Little Rock-based RxResults.
EBRX’s work is focused on providing evidence-based strategies for risk management services within the prescription drug benefit. These services produce clinically sound benefit design recommendations and significant cost savings. The resulting benefit designs provide a rich environment for strategic collaboration between EBRx and the PEP Division. As EBRx works with employer groups to implement its strategies, there is ongoing need for investigations on cost-effectiveness and member impact using pharmacy claims data. These data provide a rich resource for clinically-based research.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Communicate a clear vision and strategic plan of the short- and long-term goals of the PEP Division
  • Support the educational needs, professional development, and contributions of the Division’s graduate students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrate the leadership, management ability, and administrative expertise to grow the Division’s reputation and visibility in all academic missions
  • Lead the recruitment of highly qualified graduate students
  • Identify and capitalize on synergism both within the Division and with external partners to respond to changing priorities in research funding opportunities
  • Maximize the Division’s research portfolio with a focus on collaboration and synergistic productivity with both internal and external stakeholders

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • Ph.D. or terminal professional degree in pharmaceutical evaluation and policy, social and administrative pharmacy, health economics, informatics, public health, or a related field required, with credentials to merit an academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • Academic experience, in pharmacy or related field, with substantial scholarly achievements in teaching, research, and service
  • A successful research program related to health economics and outcomes research, health policy, informatics or reated field informing the use of drugs, pharmacy and health care services, or medication use policy
  • Demonstrated track record of mentorship, with evidence of having developed others in their academic careers, especially in graduate education
  • Strong communication skills, with a high level of proficiency in building new relationships, teams, and collaborations
  • Unquestioned personal integrity
  • Ability and motivation to work collaboratively with colleagues within the Division, Department, and College, as well as across UAMS and its partners
  • Leadership experience, either formal or informal, that evidences a strong potential to lead the Division

Preferred Professional Experience

  • Strategic planning skills and expertise
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
  • Experience in managing financial operations
  • Balanced commitment to educational, research, and service missions
  • Philanthropic, alumni relations and development experience a plus

Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Khris Bone, Executive and Faculty Recruitment at recruitment@uams.edu. Contact Khris Bone by phone at 501-603-1316.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.