Dr. Lisa Lawson Steps Down as Dean of PCP

By Brian Kirschner

Published on May 1, 2016

LawsonAfter more than six years of guiding Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, LISA A. LAWSON, PharmD, HonAlm’15 will be stepping down as dean of PCP and return to the faculty where she will retain the title of Barbara H. Korberly Professor in Women’s Leadership and Health. Dr. Lawson will remain dean during this transitional phase as the University launches a national search to replace her.

Dr. Lawson, who was the first woman chosen for this prestigious position, leaves the dean’s office after positioning PCP for future success with a new competency-driven curriculum for the doctor of pharmacy program and the college’s recent reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). During her leadership PCP has benefitted through an enhanced student-to-faculty ratio, new student-centered initiatives, and improved student outcomes.

When asked about her changing role, Dr. Lawson said that “a confluence of factors, both personal and professional, have led to this decision. With the hard work of developing the Ready+4 professional phase of the PharmD degree completed and our reaccreditation by ACPE, the timing felt right for me to step down from the role of dean and turn the reins over to someone else. I look forward to helping the next dean lead PCP as we approach our 200th anniversary in five years in order to carry on the legacy of shaping the practice and education of pharmacy.”

Dr. Lawson joined the faculty at PCPS in 1982 as an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and served as a drug information consultant at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor of clinical pharmacy in medicine at University of Pennsylvania for several years. She has held several administrative positions, including director of the doctor of pharmacy program (1989–1994), assistant dean of pharmacy (1994-2006), associate dean (2006–2008), vice dean (2008), and interim dean (2008–2010).

An accomplished writer and speaker, Dr. Lawson’s research interests include pharmacokinetics and curricular implementation and development. She is the recipient of the 2015 honorary alumnus award from the USciences Alumni Association, the Paul F. Parker Award from the University of Kentucky, and the KE Career Achievement Award from Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

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