WINGATE — Andrew Woods, associate professor of pharmacy at Wingate University, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s 2021-2022 Academic Leadership Fellows Program. He joins the 18th cohort of 30 individuals who represent some of academic pharmacy’s brightest future leaders from around the country.
Dr. Woods joined the practice faculty at Wingate in 2009 and provides pharmacist services as a clinical team lead in internal medicine at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center Main in uptown Charlotte, precepting third- and fourth-year students. During his time at the University he has published more than 50 articles, book chapters and abstracts and has delivered numerous regional and national presentations. Within the School of Pharmacy, he chairs the Alumni Engagement Committee and actively serves on the Executive and Strategic Planning committees.
Dr. Woods’ primary research interests are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and drug-induced diseases, and he consistently presents original research in COPD at the American Thoracic Society International Conference and the American College of Chest Physicians Annual Congress. He has served on multiple interdisciplinary advisory panels for the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease to help shape guidelines for care. He is a founding member of the COPD Foundation’s PRAXIS Advisory Board on which he continues to serve.
During the past year of Covid challenges, Dr. Woods’ expertise was recognized with numerous opportunities to educate healthcare professionals on respiratory pharmacotherapy. He presented his research on antidepressants and COPD exacerbations to the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In May, Woods was awarded Wingate’s Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award for 2021.
AACP’s Academic Leadership Program provides an opportunity for Dr. Woods and other Fellows to expand relationships with colleagues at other institutions, as well as within their own university.
During the year-long program, participants will explore historical perspectives of leadership, learn about conflict and the road to resolution, practice self-reflection and examine current issues in higher education using a formal debate setting. Sessions will address timely topics such as relationship management; diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education; and well-being. More than 400 Fellows have graduated from the program to date.
Susan Bruce, dean of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, said Dr. Woods is more than deserving of the honor.
“In addition to his great work in the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Woods is incoming chair of the Faculty Senate,” Dr. Bruce said. “I truly believe the entire University will benefit from his participation as an AACP Academic Leadership Fellow during the next year.”
To learn more about AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program, visit https://www.aacp.org/resource/academic-leadership-fellows-program.