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Professional Development of Chinese-Origin Pharmacy Faculty Members in Western Countries

  1. State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS), University of Macau, Macau, China
Version 1 : Received: 27 September 2016 / Approved: 28 September 2016 / Online: 28 September 2016 (10:27:15 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 30 September 2016 / Approved: 30 September 2016 / Online: 30 September 2016 (11:43:22 CEST)

How to cite: Zhang, W.; Wang, Y.; Ouyang, D. Professional Development of Chinese-Origin Pharmacy Faculty Members in Western Countries. Preprints 2016, 2016090111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201609.0111.v1). Zhang, W.; Wang, Y.; Ouyang, D. Professional Development of Chinese-Origin Pharmacy Faculty Members in Western Countries. Preprints 2016, 2016090111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201609.0111.v1).

Abstract

Background: Pharmacy education was experiencing the paucity of underrepresented minorities (URMs) faculty worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate current professional status of Chinese-origin pharmacy faculty members, considered as a good model of URMs at pharmacy academia in western countries, and identify the influencing factors to their professional developments in academic careers. 2) Methods: An online questionnaire was sent to the ethnic Chinese or Chinese descent academic staffs at pharmacy schools in US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The survey included demographic information, education background and the influencing factors to career developments. 3) Results: The vast majority of Chinese faculty members worked in US and mostly were male. Individuals with junior academic title had the largest proportion. Over 75% of Chinese-origin pharmacy academics were involved within scientific disciplines (e.g. pharmaceutics, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry). Usually, Chinese-origin academic members spent 4 years to obtain the first academic jobs after finishing PhD degree, while 5-6 years to get academic promotions. The contributing factors of academic promotion were high quality publications and external funding. 4) Conclusion: Our research offers a deep insight into professional developments for URMs to take their pharmacy academic paths.

Subject Areas

underrepresented minorities; Chinese-origin faculty; professional development; academic; pharmacy

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