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Jeffrey W. Wadelin, Ph.D.

Assistant Executive Director
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Dr. Jeffrey W. Wadelin is presently associate executive director for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). He received a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1981, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical administration from The Ohio State University in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He was originally a licensed pharmacist in the state of Ohio in 1981 (license presently inactive). Wadelin has been in his present position at ACPE since July 1989. Prior to joining ACPE, he was assistant professor of pharmacy administration at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, receiving his appointment in March 1985. Wadelin's current responsibilities include general service as associate executive director (staff in charge in the absence of the executive director), as well as support for ACPE's activities in the area of accreditation of professional degree programs offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy, accreditation of continuing pharmacy education providers, and international services. Wadelin is active in numerous national professional associations in pharmacy, as well as higher and adult/continuing professional education.

Angie Choi, Ed.D.

Director of Admissions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Angie N. Choi has been an administrator in higher education since 2002 when she worked at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. After moving back home to Little Rock to care for elderly parents, she began working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2009 in the College of Public Health, and joined the College of Pharmacy in 2014. She is currently director of admissions and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Choi received her Ed.D. in higher education at the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2015. Her research interests include admissions and multiple mini interviews, metacognition in professional practice and education, and science and engineering PhDs. She was a fellow of the National Science Foundation and National Center for Education Statistics 2013 Summer Data Institute and was selected for the Graduate Student Policy Seminar by the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2013.

Sarah S. Conrad, M.S.

Director, Advancing Holistic Review Initiative
Association of American Medical Colleges

Sarah Schoolcraft Conrad has been with the Association of American Medical Colleges for 10 years, with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts in academic medicine. As director of the Advancing Holistic Review Initiative, Conrad is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to assist medical schools in their efforts to build the capacity for holistic review of their applicants and to align their admissions process with larger diversity and inclusion efforts. Conrad also worked as lead research analyst in the Diversity Policy and Programs cluster of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where she managed key initiatives supporting the division’s strategic plan, specifically initiatives to advance diversity in medical education and the physician workforce and make the case for diversity, inclusion, and health equity in academic medicine. Conrad led and contributed to numerous research projects incorporating an array of social sciences and various qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Additionally, Conrad provides a high level of content expertise to association on institutional culture and climate. Conrad holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

Wendy Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS

Associate Dean for Curricular and Student Affairs
UNC Eshelman School of PHarmacy

Dr. Wendy Cox is associate dean for curricular and student affairs and clinical associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and a primary care specialty residency affiliated with Campbell University at Kaiser Permanente in Cary, N.C., and the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville, N.C. Prior to joining the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Cox worked as an AHEC faculty member until 2005, serving as the coordinator of pharmacy education at the Northwest AHEC and then as the director of pharmacotherapy services at the Wake AHEC with a clinical practice in ambulatory care. In 2005 she joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as the director of student services and served as the assistant dean for professional education from 2010–2015. In 2016, she was named associate dean for curricular and student affairs, a role in which she oversees the Office of Student Affairs and has primary responsibilities in admissions and curricular affairs. Her primary research interests are admissions, curricular design and teaching and learning methods.

Schwanda K. Flowers, Pharm.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Faculty Development
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Schwanda K. Flowers, associate dean for student affairs & faculty development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy, has been an industrious member of the pharmacy community for more than 15 years. Following her business intellect into independent community pharmacy, in 2002 she opened Flowers Family Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her expertise in this environment led her to academia, where she has since been leading the way in pharmacy education with focus on admissions and multiple mini interview, entrepreneurship, non-prescription medications, immunizations and medication therapy management. Flowers’ work can be seen in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Journal of Pharmacy Practice, among many other publications, and she is a prominent face within organizations such as the National Community Pharmacists Association; American Pharmacists Association; Arkansas Pharmacists Association; and AACP. Within AACP, she completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2009 and has served in such roles and committees as Secretary, AACP Council of Sections; Chair, AACP Experiential Section; AACP Bylaws and Policy Development Committee; and AACP Advocacy Committee.

Linda Garavalia, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Assessment
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Linda Garavalia is professor and associate dean for assessment at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy. She earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining WesternU, she served on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for more than 15 years. Her research focuses on self-regulation of behaviors, thoughts, and cognitions in relation to academic achievement and personal health management. Garavalia is an award winning teacher and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom assessment, psychometrics, research methodology, educational psychology and learning theory. She has published numerous articles on student learning and assessment, program review, and medication adherence.

Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., M.S.

Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Dr. Jacqui McLaughlin received her undergraduate degree in biological engineering from North Carolina State University, her Master of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis, and her doctorate in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. She spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment (OSPA) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and currently serves the school as an assistant professor of educational innovation and research and as the director of OSPA. Currently, McLaughlin is involved in educational research that examines relationships between student characteristics, engagement, and performance over the student lifecycle. Her research experience and interests extend across the context of admissions, classroom engagement, experiential learning, and co-curricular activities.

Megan H. Nguyen, Pharm.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Director of Enrollment Management
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Megan H. Nguyen is associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of enrollment management at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Pomona, Calif. She currently serves as the Chair of the Admissions Committee for the college and has been in this position since being appointed Director in December 2011. She has served as a faculty member on this committee since 2002 and was previously the vice-chair for 3 years. Nguyen is actively involved in conducting regular assessments to improve the overall quality of the admissions process. In addition to her administrative role, Nguyen maintains an active teaching role in the college and clinical service activities at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles as an infectious diseases pharmacist where she precepts Pharm.D. students. She has published several manuscripts related to anti-infective therapy and pharmacy education and recently co-authored an article on performance outcomes of nontraditional post baccalaureate Pharm.D. students.

Venita J. Sposetti, D.M.D.

Associate Dean for Education
Office of Admissions
University of Florida College of Dentistry

Dr. Venita J. Sposetti grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Florida and a post graduate residency certificate in general practice also from the University of Florida. Her path to dentistry was not a strictly traditional one. Her pre dental work experiences included jobs as a nurse’s aide, waitress, telephone switchboard operator, receptionist and high school physical science teacher (ask her about topsoil). She has been a member of the faculty of the University of Florida College of Dentistry for more than 30 years serving in clinical and administrative roles, including Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid from 2001–2011. During that time period, the college admissions committee was trained in holistic admissions practices and made the transition to a holistically-focused admissions process which continues today. Sposetti was one of the initial Holistic Admissions Workshop Trainers for the American Dental Education Association, a role in which she continues to serve. As an ADEA trainer, she has presented Holistic Admissions Workshops at dental schools across the US, including Ohio State University, University of Texas, San Antonio, University of Oklahoma and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Currently, she is the associate dean for education at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She teaches in the area of clinical prosthodontics and maintained a practice in general dentistry at the university for more than 20 years.

Last updated on: 11/18/2016 10:32 AM 

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