The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs offers comprehensive services to help ensure the success of students in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as they matriculate through the professional (PharmD) and graduate (PhD, MS) programs. The mission of the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs is to maximize students’ professional growth and leadership potential by offering grounded and intentional services, opportunities, and experiences that engage students and foster their learning and holistic development. The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs complements the School’s academic mission by providing consistent, holistic, student-centered services from recruitment through commencement. This support fosters development of professional and graduate students through targeted advising, mentoring, experiential programs, and career/professional development programs.
The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs is an extension of the Office of Professional Education. It is comprised of 11 student affairs professionals, each with specified areas of responsibility including enrollment and registration management, advising, student recruitment and admissions, and management of experiential education (clerkships/rotations). The Office functions as a cohesive unit where teamwork, collaboration, and innovation are encouraged and celebrated. The Director of the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs provides vision for the Office and leads the Office staff in reaching the goals of the unit. The Director sets priorities for the curricular and student affairs team and is instrumental in developing and implementing services and programs to support student success. The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Curricular and Student Affairs.
- Vision & Leadership: Provides vision and leadership for the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs. Oversees the initiatives and activities of the Office, including the strategic planning process. Leads, supervises, and develops a team of 11 employees in the Office to improve processes, streamline activities, and achieve the mission of the Office. Supervises four assistant directors in the Office who focus on the graduate program, the professional program, recruitment and admissions, and experiential programs. Informs and advises the Associate Dean of Curricular and Student Affairs regarding current trends, activities, and issues of importance to the Office and School. Works closely with two Assistant Deans for Experiential Programs to plan the priorities and activities for Office staff who focus on experiential programs. Assesses the quality and effectiveness of programs, processes, and procedures in the Office, identifies areas warranting improvement or change, and works collectively with others to implement strategies to improve efficiencies and the quality of services delivered. Responsible for planning and monitoring the OCSA annual budget. (40%)
- Co-Curricular Initiatives: Leads co-curricular initiatives and programs of value to the students, faculty, and School; and continuously evaluates the effectiveness and identifies strategies for improving these programs. Serves as the co-advisor for the Student Senate and works closely with the Senate Executive Committee and student leadership to address issues of concern to students and to help ensure student success. Works with the program directors and staff at the Asheville satellite campuses to plan and promote co-curricular programs and services available to students. (20%)
- Assessment & Evaluation: Assesses all programs and initiatives originating out of the Office, including co-curricular activities and experiential programs, making improvements, changes, and additions based on data. Ensures the School is compliant with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation standards applicable to student affairs, the co-curriculum, and experiential education/programs. Works closely with the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment in these efforts. (10%)
- Advising & Counseling: Plans, directs, and continuously improves the faculty academic advising program for professional students. Oversees the counseling and advising of students regarding a variety of personal and professional matters (e.g., academic, medical, mental health, disability accommodations). Oversees students’ progression through the professional program working closely with the Chair of the Progressions Committee, the Associate Dean for Curricular and Student Affairs, and the Assistant Directors of the Office. (20%)
- OCSA Events: Responsible for all events originating out of the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs, including but not limited to first-year professional student (PY1) Orientation, Graduate Student Orientation, Career Day, White Coat Ceremony, Family Day, Awards Banquet, Rho Chi Induction Ceremony, Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend, Post-clerkship Day, and Commencement. Various individuals in the Office plan these events, but the director oversees the planning, implementation, and quality improvement efforts of the events. Works closely with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation and others to identify funding sources for these events. (10%)