UA College of Pharmacy Appoints Pharmacy Leader Dr. Nancy Alvarez Associate Dean for College of Pharmacy - Phoenix

Feb 11, 2019

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has appointed Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, an established national leader in pharmacy, as associate dean for the UA College of Pharmacy – Phoenix and as an associate professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Dr. Alvarez will oversee all aspects of the college in Phoenix. The College of Pharmacy – Phoenix offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, which has grown steadily since its inception in 2014. Currently, 103 PharmD students are in the Phoenix program, which accepts approximately 40 new students annually.

In addition to overseeing the thriving program in Phoenix, Dr. Alvarez is charged with engaging alumni, developing regional partnerships and enhancing awareness about the college and its programs in the region.

“Dr. Alvarez is a natural leader with a breadth of experience in pharmacy,” said Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, professor and dean of the college. “We are confident in her ability to build on the college’s strong international reputation and deepen our connections in the community and with colleagues and alumni.”

Dr. Alvarez is a 1992 graduate of the UA College of Pharmacy and is a board‐certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Prior to joining the UA College of Pharmacy, Dr. Alvarez was an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, Calif. She also maintained a community pharmacy practice and a hospice/palliative care practice at other points in her career.

Dr. Alvarez has completed diverse service experiences. She is a former Phi Lambda Sigma national president, Phi Delta Chi grand vice president for collegiate affairs and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certification Council member and chair. Also active in the American Pharmacists Association, she was the 162ndpresident, a national member‐at‐large and a board of trustees member for two terms. She participates in leader development for the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute as a facilitator, content developer and program director. She was named an APhA Fellow in 2004.

Her teaching interests are pain medicine and advocacy for appropriate use of opioids, medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry and appropriate dissemination of off-label information and risk information, leader development, personal assessment and communication, leadership and professional advocacy, cultural competency and diversity.

About the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy is the premier pharmacy college in the Southwest, and one of the top in the nation, focused on drug discovery, toxicology, pharmaceutics, outcomes sciences, pharmaceutical education and research through interprofessional training and collaborative public/private partnerships.

Preparing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in undergraduate, professional, graduate and post-doctoral programs, the college embraces an entrepreneurial spirit, providing tailored educational opportunities to broaden students' experiences. As the first health sciences college at the UA, the college has a long history of improving science and health both in Arizona and around the world. For more information, please visit

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