Caroline Gaither Named Senior Associate Dean For Professional Education

Caroline Gaither Named Senior Associate Dean For Professional Education

CoP News Caroline Gaither 2011MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (Jan. 11, 2013) – Caroline Gaither, Ph.D., FAPhA, has been named the senior associate dean for professional education.

Gaither joined the College of Pharmacy in early 2012 as the assistant dean for professional education, and she has served as the interim senior associate dean since October 2012.

The senior associate dean's role in the college is to lead the Professional Education Division and facilitate design, implementation and delivery of the new curriculum.

"We are delighted to have Caroline as our new senior associate dean for professional education," said Marilyn Speedie, dean. "This role is vital to the college's education mission. With Caroline's experience, I am confident she will help us advance the development of our professional education program and help us plan for and implement our new Pharm.D. curriculum."

In addition to her senior associate dean role, she will conduct research and teach as part of her faculty role.

Gaither's research interests include work-related attitudes and behaviors of pharmacists regarding job satisfaction, commitment, job turnover and other organizational behaviors; understanding the professional role of development of the pharmacist; and understanding patient attitudes and motivations regarding health behaviors. She is also developing a research agenda which focuses on the role of pharmacists in addressing health care disparities and in working with medically underserved populations.

Gaither previously served as an associate professor of Clinical, Social and Administrative Sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She received her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Toledo, and both her master's and doctorate in pharmacy administration from Purdue University.


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