Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on faculty at research-intensive United States schools/colleges of pharmacy.
Plake, Kimberly Illingworth
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
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AbstractIntroduction: To describe the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on teaching, research, practice, and work-life integration for pharmacy faculty at research-intensive institutions. Methods: An online survey related to transition to remote work, impact on faculty responsibilities, demographics, and other elements was sent to nine research-intensive United States public schools/colleges of pharmacy. Respondents were asked to describe challenges in moving to remote instruction as a result of the pandemic. The 75-item survey asked respondents to rate the degree to which factors were challenging and levels of concern with the abrupt transition. Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics and comparison of means using paired samples t-tests between spring and fall semesters, for the types of students taught, and for faculty discipline. Results: Surveys were completed by 279 faculty (36% response rate), with 62% self-identifying as pharmacy practice faculty. The highest reported challenges were family/home responsibilities (41%), assisting children with schoolwork (28%), and availability of childcare (22%). Concerns most identified by respondents were increased workload, potential for academic dishonesty, and inability to effectively conduct hands-on activities. Practice faculty encountered barriers using telehealth and delivering virtual experiential education, while both practice and research faculty reported concerns with research progress. Conclusions: The pandemic has led to substantial challenges and increased workload in many areas. As the pandemic persists, administration should consider reported barriers and concerns to inform expectations. Evaluation of novel instructional design, assessment methods, and best practices in the virtual learning environment is highly encouraged to ensure student competencies are met.
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