Mohammed A. Islam Named Assistant Dean for WCU’s School of Pharmacy

Mohammed A. Islam, RPh, PhD, recently was named West Coast University School of Pharmacy’s assistant dean for Academic Affairs. In this new role, he reports directly to Dr. Reza Taheri, dean of the pharmacy program.

Dr. Islam is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and founding faculty member of WCU’s School of Pharmacy at the Center for Graduate Studies. He has contributed significantly to the program through his role as the chair of Curriculum Committee and severed as chair of the School Bylaws Committee and member of the Assessment Committee and University Faculty Promotion and Development Council.

“We are delighted to have our own Dr. Islam step into the important role of assistant dean of Academic Affairs,” Dean Taheri said. “Dr. Islam has been an integral part of the program from day one and we are thrilled for his leadership in this role.”

Dr. Islam has more than 17 years of academic research, teaching, and pharmacy practice experiences. Prior to joining West Coast University in 2012, he was as an assistant professor of pharmacology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton School of Pharmacy, Florida. Dr. Islam earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees of science in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. After receiving a master’s and a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the Toyama University in Japan, Dr. Islam completed post-doctoral trainings at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Islam has extensive research experience with more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts. At West Coast University School of Pharmacy, he has been actively engaged in educational research focusing on PharmD curriculum, global pharmacy education, instructional design, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Islam’s research has been published in leading pharmacy education journals and presented at national and international conferences. He was also a recipient of American Heart Association fellowship grant for his research on cardiac arrhythmias.

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