Jim Ruble Fills New Assistant Dean Position
Jul 20, 2021 9:05 AM
I am delighted to let you know that Jim Ruble has been offered a position as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the college and will begin his service on August 1st.
The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs is a new position within the college, with responsibilities to lead the College of Pharmacy’s efforts to recruit and support students during their studies at the College. Jim will work closely with Shawna Webster, the Associate Director for Student Services, to provide faculty leadership for all Student Affairs activities, including advising, affirmative action, scholastic standards, awards and financial aid, and maintenance of student records. He will also work closely with the Admissions committee of the College to develop and implement strategies for recruiting and admitting outstanding and diverse students to the College of Pharmacy. In this new role, Jim will participate as a member of the Executive Committee in the College.
I suspect most of you know that Jim has been deeply devoted to student success over more than 30 years here in the College. Given his professional experience that has spanned ambulatory, retail, institutional, drug information, sterile compounding, poison control, the VA, home infusion, and pharmacy administration, he brings enormous depth of experience to this new role and will be able to help students navigate the evolving landscape of pharmacy practice. For several years now, Jim has been the College's most active teacher, and he is unquestionably a student favorite, perennially nominated and often winning distinction as Teacher of the Year. As past chair of our Curriculum Committee, Jim is highly attuned to the curricular issues facing our students and the importance of academic performance in preparation for their careers. And as an experienced mediator, Jim will be a tremendous asset in helping untangle the complicated issues that sometimes arise in student affairs. Jim has articulated a compelling vision for improving student success by strengthening relationships, enhancing communication and value perceptions, and by evolving to a new normal. I'm excited to support Jim in this important new role.
I'd like to extend my thanks to the search committee involved in recruiting Jim to this position, and to each of the several other applicants. I was pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of the applications we received, and the search process left me gratified by the deep interest and dedication to student affairs among our faculty.
Please join me in offering our congratulations and support to Jim as he begins to serve in this new capacity.
Randall T. Peterson, PhD
L.S. Skaggs Presidential Endowed Professor
Dean, College of Pharmacy