Current Status and Best Practices of Shared Governance in US Pharmacy Programs

Am J Pharm Educ. 2020 Jul;84(7):ajpe7281. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7281.


Objective. To characterize shared governance in US schools and colleges of pharmacy and recommend best practices to promote faculty engagement and satisfaction. Findings. The literature review revealed only one study on governance in a pharmacy school and some data from an AACP Faculty Survey. Of the 926 faculty members who responded to the survey, the majority were satisfied or very satisfied with faculty governance (64%) and the level of input into faculty governance (63%) at their school. Faculty members in administrative positions and those at public institutions were more satisfied with governance. The forum resulted in the development of five themes: establish a clear vision of governance in all areas; ensure that faculty members are aware of their roles and responsibilities within the governance structure; ensure faculty members are able to join committees of interest; recognize and reward faculty contributions to governance; and involve all full-time faculty members in governance, regardless of their tenure status. Summary. Establishing shared governance within a school or college of pharmacy impacts overall faculty satisfaction and potentially faculty retention.

Keywords: faculty affairs; governance; satisfaction; shared governance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Pharmacy / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Schools, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States