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 healthcare 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 purpose of the Provost’s Technology Awards program is to promote and support new approaches to teaching and learning that enrich the student experience and improve their learning outcome. The awards provide financial incentives, expert instructional design assistance, technological support, and training to awardees. The awards also provide the opportunity to demonstrate the scholarly contributions of faculty toward the educational mission of the College.

    This year’s awards program focuses on innovative approaches in teaching by combining best practices in sound pedagogical principles with the innovative use of educational technologies in order to enhance teaching and learning at the College.



    Project Title
    Laying the Groundwork: Increasing Student Engagement Via Hybridization of Foundations of Pharmacy Course for P1 Students

    Laurie Briceland, Courtney Caimano, Megan Veselov, Cindy Jablanski

    Project Summary
    The primary goal of this project is to actively increase student engagement in the Foundation of Pharmacy course (PHM 318) by converting the current face-to-face class to a hybrid model. This revamp will convert half of the course to an online format while the remain half of the course will still be in physical classroom. Students will still have opportunities to meet with a number of the faculty. In addition, students will be more engaged in the online component via online discussion board, gamification, and other multimedia environment.

    Project Title
    Undergraduate Epidemiology Using Flipped Classroom and Online Microlearning Content

    Colleen McLaughlin

    Project Summary
    This project is to design and develop a new course PBH 350, Epidemiology, for the BSPH program. In order to build an active and participatory course the instructor will integrate real-time simulation of outbreaks and epidemiologic studies to teach the core principles of epidemiology. The flipped classroom model will utilize short cartoon videos and games besides traditional learning in a classroom. During class time students will conduct epidemiologic investigations mentored by the course instructor, which will enhance student learning experience by being actively engaged in problem solving and critical thinking process. The project will create cartoon videos, design and execute learning modules, and build formative and summative learning outcome assessment to achieve the learning objectives of the course.

    Project Title
    Over-The-Counter Tele-triage

    Elizabeth Higdon, Megan Veselov

    Project Summary
    The Advanced OTC course, PHM 429, guides the student pharmacist through an interactive approach to over the counter medications. Currently students in this course need to take a trip for a one-hour visit in a community pharmacy to answer OTC questions in a Saturday or a few evenings due to schedules of students and instructors. This project will increase students’ exposure to live patient interviewing, over-the-counter counseling, and triage using the JCPP patient care process. It not only saves student and instructor travel time but also advance the practice of pharmacy by adopting new technologies that can expand pharmacy counseling services; and to provide communities with increased access to medical professionals who can provide OTC education and triage.