Provost Patel

Tarun B. Patel
Tarun B. Patel

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Tarun B. Patel, Ph.D., began as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on July 1, 2015. In this role, he oversees all areas of the College related to academic programming, research and scholarship, student affairs, and faculty development. Prior to joining ACPHS, Dr. Patel was a Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.

He was recruited by the School of Medicine to be Chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and served in that role for nearly ten years. He also served as Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the College of Medicine on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus in Memphis, TN.

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The Provost's Honors Circle is a three-year interdisciplinary experience for honors students in the College's bachelor of science (B.S.) programs.

The goal of the program is to provide enrichment opportunities to high-achieving B.S. students who are intellectually curious, well-rounded, engaged with their community, globally-conscious, and exhibit leadership potential.

Students interested in the Program must fill out an application and interview with members of the Honors Circle Committee. Honors Circle students, who are accepted at the end of their first (freshmen) years, must maintain a class ranking in the top 10% for their remaining three years at the College to remain eligible for the Program.

Once selected, students meet with faculty mentors in the fall semester of their sophomore years to develop a health care related theme that will guide their collective work over the next three years (e.g., vaccines in developing countries). Depending on the project, there may be opportunities for domestic and international travel.Honors students are required to share their experiences, talent, and learning with peers through a colloquium, annual newsletters or blogs, classroom presentations, and volunteer efforts.


The Provost Technology Awards align with the College’s strategic goals by supporting the greater use of online teaching and learning for distance education.

The program encourages instructors who are new to asynchronous or synchronous online learning to develop a hybrid course. 

For the purposes of the award, this will require converting at least two weeks of face-to-face teaching to an online mode (synchronous or asynchronous) while conducting the rest of the course using the traditional approach. Or, a course with an asynchronous online component could be partly converted to a synchronous approach. 

The aim is to develop expertise and experience in the different modalities, thereby enabling more instructors to use a hybrid approach.