Cynthia Naughton has been promoted to senior associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences at North Dakota State University. Naughton's new title and responsibilities were effective April 1.
Charles Peterson, dean of pharmacy, nursing, and allied sciences, made the announcement. "Dr. Naughton's duties and responsibilities have recently and greatly expanded at the college level," Peterson said. "This promotion appropriately recognizes this expanded role."
As senior associate dean, Naughton's duties will include providing leadership, direction and administrative oversight for all matters in the college in the absence of the dean; and continuing to provide leadership, direction and administrative oversight for all matters related to academic affairs and assessment and pharmacy program accreditation. The Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Allied Sciences will directly report to Naughton.
Naughton earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from NDSU. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with extensive clinical practice experience in a variety of health care settings, including academia, large hospital, small hospital, clinic and retail.
She has didactic and clinical teaching experience and has served as associate dean for academic affairs and assessment for the college since 2008. Serving as chair of the curriculum committee since 2005, Naughton helped the college transform its pharmacy program curriculum to meet the new 2007 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education standards, including working with faculty to define and incorporate a comprehensive curriculum re-evaluation, ability-based outcomes and curriculum mapping. She also helped launch the new Master of Public Health program. Naughton most recently served as chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee and provided leadership for the accreditation visit in 2012.
Naughton also has served on the college's academic affairs committee, assessment committee, strategic planning coordination committee, admissions committee and department chair evaluation committee. Her honors and awards include the 2004 and 2006 College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences' Preceptor of the Year award (pharmacy program), the 2001 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Best Practice in Health System Pharmacy Management Award and the 1998 North Dakota Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award.