Charles Phillips
Charles Phillips

Charles Phillips, professor of social and administrative pharmacy and associate dean of curriculum and assessment, has been named a Windsor Professor of Science, effective July 1. This prestigious professorship was established by Mary Belle Windsor over 20 years ago to support two distinguished faculty in the sciences at Drake University. The other distinguished professor at Drake is Gholam Mirafzal, professor of Chemistry.

The criteria for selection of the Windsor Professorships includes teaching effectiveness; professional contribution through scholarly activity, leadership roles, and consulting activities; and contributions to the mission of the department, college and university. The selection of the Windsor Professor of Science is made by a committee appointed by the provost with the committee members holding current Special University/Distinguished Professorships. 

A member of the faculty for more than 25 years, Phillips earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1988 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Ph.D. in social and administrative sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. After joining Drake University as an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in 1993, Phillips became a full professor in 2011. Phillips was named chair of the then Department of Pharmacy Practice in 2004, became the Assistant Dean for Assessment in 2007, and the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment in 2016.   

“I am deeply honored to be selected as a Windsor Professor of Science,” said Phillips. “It is humbling to be among previous CPHS awardees such as Ron Torry and my mentor, Lon Larson who have set a high bar for engaging students and enhancing the sciences at Drake.  It has been so rewarding to work with CPHS faculty and others across campus, as well as with wonderful students in our programs.”

Phillips has authored more than 60 journal articles, papers, and research reports, and has made presentations at various local, state, regional, and national forums. He is a member of the IDEA Center Board of Directors since 2011, serving on the executive board since 2014. Phillips was awarded the AACP Excellence in Assessment Award in 2010, the College’s Hartig Distinguished Professor Award in 2009, and the Granberg Leadership Award in 2014. 

In addition to a record of excellence in teaching effectiveness; professional contributions through scholarly activity, leadership roles, and consulting activities; and contributions to the mission of the department, college and university, Phillips was described in his nomination as being a “recognized leader for Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at both the state and national level. His efforts to promote the profession, our program and Drake University are extraordinary.”