Note from the Dean:
It is my privilege to announce that Dr. Scott Akers, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been granted tenure with Lipscomb University. His approval for tenure was recently approved by the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Akers has played a vital role in the development of the College of Pharmacy. He has been a member of the Leadership Team since the inception of the College in 2007. During the past four years plus, Dr. Akers has demonstrated leadership abilities in recruiting, developing and mentoring a faculty capable of teaching across multiple disciplines in the pharmaceutical sciences. Department leadership of a varied group of talented individuals has led to formation of a highly integrated and productive team.
As Department Chair and a member of the faculty, Dr. Akers has demonstrated skills in managing multiple developmental and academic initiatives simultaneously. Each skill has facilitated establishment of a well documented processes and/or successful outcomes. From classroom lectures to scientific presentations to concept presentations, Dr. Akers can judge the level of presentation needed and adjust to meet the needs of the audience. His personal skills in teaching a variety of these disciplines are exemplary, especially in the area of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Dr. Akers has led the Department by example in modeling academic excellence in terms of teaching, service, and scholarship.
Substantial experience in the laboratory and in research focused on the above mentioned areas has provided a very practical base for this excellence. Dr. Akers is a very detailed oriented individual with an absolute commitment to accuracy and rigor. From the conceptualization of an idea, to planning of the process of investigation, through monitoring of the project and its outcomes, Dr. Akers is adept. His publications demonstrate communication that respects the audience and the scientific rigor required for publication.
Dr. Akers’ education credentials demonstrate an increasing awareness of and commitment to serious research and their applications to pharmacy practice. A serious and determined attitude toward scientific research is a hallmark of his mentoring of student pharmacists. Dr. Akers is well respected and trusted by students who appreciate his sincere interest in and devotion of time to their personal development. He is regarded as a very disciplined and challenging instructor with high expectations of student pharmacists.
As an individual, Dr. Akers’ personal and professional characteristics and principles are uncompromising. He is dependable and committed to investing the effort to make any venture successful. I know of no individual who is more invested in detail directed to a successful outcome than Dr. Akers. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Akers for receiving tenure from our great University.
Roger L. Davis, Pharm.D.
Dean & Professor