Equity for and inclusion of non-tenure-track pharmacy faculty within academia

Brian L. Erstad, Andrea Romero, Robert Miller, Carl Liaupsin, Ole J. Thienhaus, Paul Wagner, Edella Schlager, Gayle A. Brazeau

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Although there are at least twice as many non-tenure-track first-time pharmacy faculty as tenured and tenure-track first-time pharmacy faculty entering academia based on data collected from 2013 to 2019, there are ongoing equity, inclusion, and advancement issues between these categories of faculty that require consideration. Contracts with clear descriptions of responsibilities are needed along with reg-ular evaluations and promotion opportunities based on the faculty member’s performance of the assigned responsibilities, appropriate compensation including fringe benefits, inclusion in institutional voting and governance, and due process protections against abrupt termination. Further, universities and schools and colleges of pharmacy should foster a culture that values all faculty regardless of rank or position. The purpose of this commentary is to describe ongoing efforts and lessons learned by one public university with a college of pharmacy that has non-tenure-track and tenure-track faculty. Our hope is to provide insight into how these experiences could be used as a basis to inform changes in policy by other universities with a school or college of pharmacy, as well as to inform possible changes to the Academy’s policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8428
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Academia
  • Academic performance
  • Clinical
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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