Dr. Michael Fulford has been appointed Assistant Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives at the College of Pharmacy, effective June 1.
In his newly expanded role, Dr. Fulford will be responsible for assuring the ongoing effectiveness of the College in all of its missions through data stewardship and evaluation, accreditation, strategic planning, and assessment. In addition, he will support and advance teaching and assessment of student learning. Further, he will collaborate and interact with a variety of administrators within the College and on the UGA campus, and he will serve on various committees.
Dr. Fulford has been the Director of (PharmD) Assessment for the College since 2011. Prior to joining UGA, he engaged in assessment-related work for 13 years at Oglethorpe University, Georgia Tech, and Lanier Technical College. He was appointed Interim Lead for CoP Faculty Affairs in 2019, while continuing to maintain his role as Director of Assessment.
Along with his administrative work, Dr. Fulford has earned a national reputation in Assessment, Pharmacy Education, and Higher Education through his publications, leadership, and professional activities. He has 42 publications; 30 national platform presentations, including 16 invited presentations; and he has been requested to serve as a consultant on assessment, accreditation, and education matters for 16 different institutions in the U.S. and Egypt. Considered a leader of assessment in academic pharmacy, he has been instrumental in advancing several ongoing projects involving national pharmacy organizations.
“Such an expanded leadership role is customary for colleges of our size and complexity,” explained Dean Kelly Smith. “In his new role, Dr. Fulford will assure consistency of data-informed decision-making and accreditation across almost 10 academic programs delivered from five campuses. His depth of experience with the university as well as external pharmacy organizations, his internal familiarity with college and university administrative processes, and his ability to shape multiple perspectives into a cohesive vision make Dr. Fulford uniquely qualified to serve in this new position. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Fulford, and offer him your full support in his new endeavors.”
Dr. Fulford added, “I am excited to serve the College of Pharmacy as an Assistant Dean and provide leadership for our strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation activities as we expand our educational footprint. My goal is to help us live our strategic plan and make strides towards the future we envision for the College.”