Interim Dean and Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy
Candace Wilt Barnett currently serves as interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and has served as executive associate dean since 2012. Her previous administrative appointments in the College include senior associate dean (2005-2011) and associate dean for academic affairs (1994-2004), where she was responsible for academic program assessment and institutional effectiveness. Dr. Barnett has chaired or co-chaired three self-studies for the College’s reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She is a member of the College’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research and Education.
Dr. Barnett earned her B.S. in pharmacy from Purdue University and Ph.D. in pharmacy health care administration from the University of Florida. As a member of the faculty she holds the rank of professor and on July 1, 2017, was named distinguished professor of pharmacy administration. She has taught courses in communication skills, biostatistics and research design, marketing, management and medical ethics and served as director of the combined Pharm.D./MBA program. Dr. Barnett’s research includes the behavioral social aspects of pharmacy practice and educational research. She has authored more than 60 scholarly or professional publications and chapters in four books on effective pharmacy management, leadership, marketing, finance and personnel relations.
Dr. Barnett has been a speaker at the national, state and local levels on communication skills for pharmacists and human resource management issues. She has served on the United States Pharmacopeia advisory committees on patient counseling and medication taking behavior and on the DuPont Pharma MBA Advisory Committee. She is a recipient of a Searle Fellowship in Pharmacy faculty mentor award and the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Distinguished Educator Award, bestowed for advancing the scholarship of teaching and fostering critical thinking, problem solving and life-long learning among students. Dr. Barnett is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and is an associate fellow of the American College of Apothecaries.