Advising Roles

The Role of the Faculty Advisor

  • Talk about career and educational plans and the skills and knowledge necessary to meet career and educational goals (students’ e-portfolio will help guide these conversations)
  • Explain how the curriculum relates to future work responsibilities, skills and attitudes
  • Provide academic support to aid with progression toward graduation
  • Discuss different career tracks available upon completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Collaborate with faculty, Dean’s Office, practitioners and others to facilitate academic success by helping students gain access to necessary resources
  • Identify appropriate school and campus resources and offer referral sources
  • Understand common concerns of students
  • Examine students’ progression toward career and academic goals by reviewing their portfolios (Class of 2016)
  • Be available to meet with advisees once each semester individually or in a group setting
  • Be accessible by telephone, email, and video and web conferencing
  • Notify the Dean’s Office if an advisee misses a scheduled appointment or is unprepared
  • Although faculty advisors should be responsive and willing to assist students to the best of their ability, advisors are not expected to be an expert in all areas and should not hesitate to refer the student to the Dean’s Office when necessary.

The Role of the Dean’s Office in Advising

Pre-Pharmacy Students

  • Advise all pre-pharmacy students
  • Explain the admissions process
  • Answer questions about admissions standards and requirements
  • Discuss pharmacy career paths
  • Provide information about financial aid and scholarships through the School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Students

  • Handle all academic and professional misconduct cases
  • Answer questions about academic standing*
  • Address any academic, personal, or financial concern
  • Conduct graduation checks for 6P students
  • Assist 6P students with career placement
  • Manage rotation assignments and schedules (IPPE & APPE)
  • Maintain all student records
  • Provide support to faculty advisors and answer any questions that may arise

*Students must consult with one of the Deans before dropping any Pharm.D. Course.

The Role of the Student in Advising

  • Schedule an appointment with assigned advisor once a semester 
  • Come to the appointment prepared to discuss educational and career goals and academic challenges (Please bring a copy of the degree progress report available through enroll and pay.)
  • Reflect on strengths, talents and shortcomings and develop a plan to capitalize on strengths and overcome obstacles
  • Update electronic portfolios and make note of progress toward reaching goals
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for making decisions based on available information and advice
  • Understand the different career tracks available upon completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Ask questions and identify academic concerns
  • Demonstrate an awareness of school and campus resources available to assist with academic and professional success
  • Respond to all correspondence from faculty advisors

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU