Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Professor
Joseph R. Ofosu holds an earned doctorate in pharmacy from Howard University and completed a post-doctoral residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at Children’s National Medical Center and The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C. His professional career has been dedicated to higher education (academic healthcare/pharmacy) and clinical practice. In the past 25 years he has held a variety of administrative, academic, and leadership positions.
Dr. Ofosu has participated in a number of training and development programs, these include Evaluator Training Workshop, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Chicago, IL 2008; the yearlong Academic Leadership Fellows Program, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Alexandria, VA 2004/05; Management Development Program, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Cambridge, MA 2003; Administrators Workshop for Continuing Pharmacy Education, American Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Chicago, IL 2001; Physical Assessment in Patient Care Management, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1999; and Pedagogical and Curricular Change, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Institute, Leesburg, VA 1999.
Most recently, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and had previously also served as the Assistant Dean and Interim Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy. Additionally, he functioned, between May 2000 and August 2001, as the Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education and during his tenure, secured full ACPE approved-provider accreditation status for Continuing Pharmacy Education for the University/School. As for academic status, he held the rank of Associate Professor (with indefinite Tenure) in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences.
As the Assistant Dean, his principal responsibilities involved providing leadership and direction in such areas as:
- general oversight of school function
- implementation and updating of policies
- consolidation and coordination of all established academic programs and related faculty activities, especially with regard to curriculum and conferring of degrees
- monitoring of adherence to academic policies
- program development in accordance with school/university goals.
Furthermore, the Assistant Dean’s responsibilities encompassed all academic issues, student affairs, recruitment and admissions, continuing education and financial aid.
A review of his track record indicates that his contributions to the School of Pharmacy/College, University, and to the profession of pharmacy have been many and varied. Some that stand out are:
- spearheaded the establishment of the Pharm.D./MBA Program
- spearheaded the establishment of the Nontraditional Pharm.D. (NTDP) Program
- strengthening the admission profile and criteria for Pharm.D. Program
- enhancing the recruitment activities that have resulted in a sharp increase in the number of applicants
- streamlined the application process and introduced a centralized application service with the effect of having increased efficiency of the admissions office
- working to improve the quality and consistency of strong professional conduct by the students
- working to improve the communication between the School administration, faculty, and students
- in conjunction with faculty, improving student performance at all levels of the professional pharmacy curriculum/program
- overseeing structural and technological upgrades.
Dr. Ofosu played a significant leadership role in the implementation of the School of Pharmacy’s redesigned Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. He has also been intimately involved in professional accreditation standards and procedures.
Notwithstanding the demands of the academic administrative position, he has performed in the areas of teaching, practice, service and other scholarly activities. He has authored courses, continued his teaching responsibilities, and has served on various committees at School, College, and University levels. Also, he has co-authored and served as principal investigator/co-principal investigator for a variety of grants.
Dr. Ofosu is known and respected as a thorough and uncompromising teacher and academician who demands excellence of his students, and those of other faculty. Honors and awards received include Faculty Recognition Award 2007, by the Class of 2007; Outstanding Faculty Award 2004, by Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association; Pharmacist of the Year 2003, by the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Pfizer, Inc.