Wanted badly: Professors for pharmacy schools

August 31, 2007

Pharmacy schools are reporting an acute shortage of faculty members.

If you think the current pharmacist shortage is acute, it's even worse in academia. An estimated 4,859 full-time faculty members are needed to teach the total number of 48,592 pharmacy students out there. But as of 2006, there were only 4,216 full-time professors and 868 part-timers, meaning there are 427 vacancies altogether. So reported Katherine Knapp, Ph.D., dean of the Touro University College of Pharmacy in Vallejo, Calif., at the NACDS pharmacy and technology conference in Boston this month. Knapp added that pharmacy practice is the dominant area where vacancies exist, followed by pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and other areas.

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