The purpose of this document is to clarify the role and responsibilities of faculty in the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development (DPPD)as they fulfill the Outreach Mission of the University of Wisconsin and the School of Pharmacy.
This document will also serve to provide guidelines for the appointment and/or promotion of DPPD faculty. DPPD is one of four divisions within the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy. The mission of DPPD is to develop and provide continuing education/professional development to the pharmacy profession, including areas of practice and science, as well as other professionals that will interact with pharmacy. DPPD faculty are part of the School of Pharmacy faculty with full faculty rights as accorded by their faculty rank and with specific responsibilities as dictated by expectations directly attributable to their outreach function.
Budget authority for DPPD does not utilize School of Pharmacy funding and is based on an inter-institutional agreement between UW–Extension and UW–Madison; this budget is managed through the Division of Continuing Studies. By mandate, DPPD is self-supporting (salaries, fringes, direct and indirect costs) and relies on program revenue as generated through registration fees, grants, and contracts to meet its self-support mandate.
Despite differences in roles, responsibilities and budget authority, faculty appointments in DPPD as well as subsequent evaluation and promotion decisions are not conducted independently from the School of Pharmacy. Rather, recommendations are brought forward by DPPD leadership to the School of Pharmacy Dean and Executive Committee for their consideration based on existing School of Pharmacy Policies and Procedures. The expectation is that the professional activities of DPPD faculty are evaluated within the context of DPPD’s outreach mission.
DPPD faculty are expected to contribute to the fulfillment of the DPPD mission and self-support mandate through demonstrated activity – within the context of outreach scholarship – in each of the four categories of 1) outreach teaching, 2) business development, 3) leadership in administration/service (LAS) and 4) scholarly activity. Outreach scholarship involves the application of adult education principles, concepts and a scientific approach to the entire process of program planning, development and ultimately the evaluation of the completed program. While an outreach scholarship approach may be present to some extent in all four categories of faculty expectations, it will also contribute significantly to the outcomes expected within the scholarly activity category. Examples of the application of outreach scholarship include, but are not limited to:
- Innovations in needs assessment, content development, instructional design/delivery, and/or evaluation;
- Programming that makes a unique and/or lasting contribution (i.e., generates new knowledge or represents a potential new interpretation or application of existing knowledge);
- Programming efforts that focus on interprofessional planning, outreach teaching and learning;
- Programming efforts that foster lifelong learning behavior in pharmacists and other health care professionals;
- Utilization of innovative funding sources to create and/or maintain program activities;
- Extent to which the outreach activities address issues of significant concern to the profession and reach learners throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as national and international audiences;
- Extent to which programming efforts are recognized by those external to DPPD at the university, state, regional or national level ( e.g., presentations, awards, adaptation or duplication by other outreach departments);
- Extent to which the outreach activity outcomes are disseminated via program proceedings, presentation of posters and/or publication of abstracts, journal articles, monographs, chapters or books; and
- Programming efforts that focus on new and evolving professional duties or roles, clinical applications and expanding professional responsibilities.