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Academic Career Progression of Chinese-Origin Pharmacy Faculty Members in Western Countries

State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS), University of Macau, Taipa, Macau, China
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Pharmacy 2018, 6(4), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6040104
Received: 25 July 2018 / Revised: 27 August 2018 / Accepted: 19 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
Background: The field of Pharmacy education is experiencing a paucity of underrepresented minorities (URMs) faculty worldwide. The aim of this study is to investigate the current professional status of Chinese-origin pharmacy faculty members, who are considered as a good model of URMs at pharmacy academia in western countries, and identify the influencing factors to their academic career progression in academic careers. Methods: An online questionnaire was sent to Chinese-origin academic staffs at pharmacy schools in US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The survey comprised demographic information, educational background, and the influencing factors to academic career progression. Results: The vast majority of Chinese faculty members who worked in US were male. Individuals with junior academic title comprised the largest proportion. Over 75% of Chinese-origin pharmacy academics were involved in scientific disciplines (e.g., pharmaceutics, pharmacology, and medicinal chemistry). Usually, Chinese-origin academic members spent 4 years obtaining their first academic jobs after finishing PhD degree, and need 5–6 years to get academic promotion. The contributing factors of academic promotion were high quality publications and external funding. Conclusion: Our research offers a deep insight into academic career progression for URMs and give some valuable advice for their pharmacy academic paths. View Full-Text
Keywords: underrepresented minorities; Chinese-origin faculty; academic career progression; academic; pharmacy underrepresented minorities; Chinese-origin faculty; academic career progression; academic; pharmacy
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Zhang, W.; Zhong, H.; Wang, Y.; Chan, G.; Hu, Y.; Hu, H.; Ouyang, D. Academic Career Progression of Chinese-Origin Pharmacy Faculty Members in Western Countries. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 104.

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