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College of Pharmacy


Faculty and Staff

Alan Spies, RPh, JD, MBA, PhD

Title: Kennedy Chair

Clinical Professor
Department: Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center
College of Pharmacy
E-mail: SPIES@kennedycenter.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-4659
Alan Spies

Background

Alan is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a J.D. and a M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Mississippi.
 
During his nearly 15 years in higher education, Alan was most recently selected as the Kennedy Chair of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  Previously, Alan served as an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Leadership Degree Option Program at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, receiving their Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.  Furthermore, Alan has taught courses at both the professional and graduate levels, specializing in the areas of leadership, law, ethics, human resources management, marketing and entrepreneurship.
 
Alan is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program and licensed as an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation.  Prior to becoming a Senior Associate with GiANT Worldwide, a company dedicated to multiplying and cultivating engaged leaders, Alan served as Chief Operating Officer of SALLT, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving leaders from the public, private and social sectors by helping them leverage their passion, skills and influence for the common good of the city.  
 
Alan has a passion and heart for raising up the next generation of leaders, primarily college students and young adults.  Alan especially enjoys working with emerging leaders from East Africa, individuals who have helped change his perspective in an amazing way.  Alan serves on the Advisory Board of ELE Rwanda, an organization dedicated to ensuring that the development of Rwanda is based and sustained by the efforts and talents of Rwandans. 
 
Alan and his wife Laurie live in Columbia, South Carolina, where they love to hike and eat ice cream (not necessarily in that order) with their two and a half year old golden doodle Sully.
 

Teaching


The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Present) Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences
 
Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (Present)
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences
• Trained facilitators (faculty and students) to provide personal/leadership development to incoming first-year pharmacy students
 
Oklahoma Baptist University College of Business (2015 – 2016)
Instructor of Record:  Ethics, Business Law and Leadership (BLAW 5603) – MBA Course
• This course is designed to provide students a foundation in leadership while allowing each student the opportunity to engage in self discovery and reflection through a variety of “hands on” experiences and leadership assessment tools intended to aid the student in analysis of their leadership skills, strengths, and styles. Creation and presentation of an individualized development plan based on the assessments and a group project with the potential to impact the community are the culminating components of this course.  In addition, various relevant business laws and ethical principles are presented for classroom discussion. o Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy (2009 – 2014)
Preceptor:  Pharmacy Selective Rotation – Pedagogy (PHAR 7904)
• This is a one-month elective advanced practice experience in the Doctor of Pharmacy program designed to give students the opportunity to experience various aspects of pharmacy academia.  During the elective, students will develop knowledge and skill in various aspects of teaching. The student will have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in didactic teaching, including active learning techniques.  In addition, the student will participate in various aspects of service to the college plus engage in scholarly activities.  During this rotation, students will gain a broad understanding of pharmacy education on a national as well as institutional level.  Students will shadow faculty members as well as actively participate in the education of PharmD students. 

• Some of the objectives of this advanced practice experience include designing instruction using a variety of instructional strategies, formally presenting/discussing various issues in academic pharmacy, engaging in service to the college as demonstrated by participation in committee activities and assessing, evaluating and applying the academic literature to academic pharmacy, to name a few.

• This advanced practice experience will be tailored, in part, to the student’s particular areas of interest in academia.  As such, there will be opportunities for the student to develop his/her own experience.  Activities could include, but are not limited to, creating didactic presentations, weekly discussions regarding various topics relevant to academia, writing course examination questions, incorporating technology into the classroom and evaluating various assessment techniques. o July 2010 (Kate Denney), August 2010 (Allison Halford), September 2010 (David George and Avery Wight), February 2011 (Timmie Buchanan), July 2011 (Bethany Ibach), February 2012 (Sheri Winner), March 2012 (Shamama Burney), June 2012 (Heather Warren), July 2012 (Sheeva Chopra), March 2013 (Christine Castro), August 2013 (Shay Ferroz and Roshni Patel), March 2014 (Kiya Harrison, Naomi Kozlowski)
 
Alan Ray Spies Curriculum Vitae, p4 Instructor of Record:  Independent Study in Leadership (PHAR 7990)
Elective Course
• By participating in this one-hour elective, the student will improve their ability to: Perform a literature search and review to assist in the development of a research protocol, describe the legal requirements required for opening a charitable clinic pharmacy, prepare a proposal for IRB submission, perform data collection for a research protocol, develop a plan for coordination and implementing clinical pharmacy services at the City Rescue Mission and interact with various stakeholders associated with this project. o Summer 2010  

Instructor of Record:  Pharmacy Law and Ethics (PHAR 7732)
Required Course 
• Develop and deliver 2 credit hours each Fall covering various topics, included but not limited to, federal and state laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the practice of pharmacy; general principles of law including criminal, civil, and administrative procedures; code of professional conduct and ethics.  Furthermore, this course examines ethical principles and how they relate to everyday pharmacy practice. o Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013 

Instructor of Record:  Leadership in Pharmacy I (PHAR 7142) 
Elective Course
• This course is designed to provide students a foundation in leadership while allowing each student the opportunity to engage in self discovery and reflection through a variety of “hands on” experiences and leadership assessment tools intended to aid the student in analysis of their leadership skills, strengths, and styles. Creation and presentation of an individualized development plan based on the assessments is the culminating component of this course. o Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
 
Instructor of Record:  Leadership in Pharmacy II (PHAR 7742)
Elective Course •
This course is designed to provide students a foundation in team building by focusing on leading as well as being a member of a team. Advocacy and organizational dynamics will be explored while allowing each student the opportunity to engage in leadership projects through a variety of “hands on” experiences.  The course will utilize extensive classroom discussion working through the five dysfunctions of a team and developing a project as a team. o Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

Instructor of Record:  Leadership in Action I (PHAR 7461)
Elective Course
• This course is designed to provide students a forum for practicing concepts learned in Leadership in Pharmacy I and II as well as building on those concepts in order to successfully lead a team through change. The course will utilize extensive case studies and classroom discussion in an attempt to develop student leadership skills. The purpose of the course is to develop the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this, is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. o Fall 2011 – Spring 2012, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
 
Instructor of Record:  Leadership in Action II (PHAR 7471)
Elective Course
• This course is a continuation of Leadership in Action I with a focus on leading people through change.  Students will be required to present a Leadership Development Plan/Life Plan incorporating concepts learned throughout the course series.  Literature review will be an integral part of this course.  The course will utilize extensive advanced case studies and classroom discussion in an attempt to further develop student leadership skills in their specific area of interest.  The purpose of the course is to continue to develop the students’ ability to lead people through meeting the organization’s vision, mission and goals.  Inherent to
Alan Ray Spies Curriculum Vitae, p5 this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflict. o Fall 2012 – Spring 2013, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
 Preceptor:  Pharmacy Selective Rotation – Leadership (PHAR 7904) • This is a one-month intensive concentration on leadership and is a required APPE rotation for students completing the Leadership Degree Option Program.  Throughout this rotation, students will have the opportunity to reflect on potential areas for growth in addition to examining leadership areas not previously discussed in earlier coursework. • Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:  stages of adult development, creating/delivering persuasive speeches, followership, handling failures, gender and generational issues, speech acts, motivation and vision. • This advanced pharmacy practice experience will revolve around the concept of “less is more,” meaning depth will be emphasized and as such, time is allowed for solitude and introspection.  As students are given time to think, greater creativity ensues. o September 2012 (7 students), September 2013 (14 students)
 
 
Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy (2008 - 2009) Preceptor:  Pharmacy Selective Rotation – Pedagogy (PHARM 5984) • This is a one-month elective advanced practice experience in the Doctor of Pharmacy program designed to give students the opportunity to experience various aspects of pharmacy academia.  During the elective, students will develop knowledge and skill in various aspects of teaching. The student will have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in didactic teaching, including active learning techniques.  In addition, the student will participate in various aspects of service to the college plus engage in scholarly activities.  During this rotation, students will gain a broad understanding of pharmacy education on a national as well as institutional level.  Students will shadow faculty members as well as actively participate in the education of PharmD students.  • Some of the objectives of this advanced practice experience include designing instruction using a variety of instructional strategies, formally presenting/discussing a controversial topic in academic pharmacy, engaging in service to the college as demonstrated by participation in committee activities and assessing, evaluating and applying the academic literature to academic pharmacy, to name a few. • This advanced practice experience will be tailored, in part, to the student’s particular areas of interest in academia.  As such, there will be opportunities for the student to develop his/her own experience.  Activities could include, but are not limited to, creating didactic presentations, weekly discussions regarding various topics relevant to academia, writing course examination questions, incorporating technology into the classroom and evaluating various assessment techniques. • Spring 2009 (Nikki Gullick)
 
Instructor of Record:  Pharmacy Management (PHARM 4823) – Required Course • Develop and deliver 3 credit hours each Fall and Spring designed to introduce students to concepts and theories of both human resources management and fiscal management.  Throughout the course, these principles are applied to various pharmacy practice settings. • Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Summer 2009
 
 
 
Alan Ray Spies Curriculum Vitae, p6 Instructor of Record:  Pharmaceutical Marketing (PHARM 5833) – Required Course • Develop and deliver 3 credit hours each Fall and Spring designed to introduce students to concepts and theories of basic marketing principles.  These principles are utilized in helping students market themselves, as well as their respective pharmacies and the services they provide.  Throughout the course, these principles are applied to various pharmacy practice settings.   • Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Summer 2009    
 
McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University (2003 - 2008) Instructor of Record:  Legal Principles in Pharmacy Practice (PHRD 400) – Required Course • Develop and deliver 2 credit hours (lecture) and approximately 1 credit hour (breakout sessions/group case presentations) each Fall covering the legal basis of pharmacy practice by examining state and federal laws, regulations, and court decisions dealing with drug manufacturing and distribution, professional liability, and handling of medicinals, poisons, and controlled substances. • Breakout sessions added in 2003 to accommodate group case presentations. • Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007
 
Instructor of Record:  Human Resources Management (PHRD 525) – Required Course • Develop and deliver 3 credit hours each Spring covering organizational structure and behavior in all pharmacy practice settings.  The planning process, the implementing process, and the analyzing process, as related to personnel are emphasized. • Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
 
Professional Seminar I-II (PHRD 615 and 616) – Required Course • Served as a facilitator to give students opportunities to develop and defend a research proposal or to research a drug, therapeutic controversy, or management problem and make an oral presentation to fellow students and faculty. • Faculty Section Coordinator, Academic Year 2004-05 • Facilitated 2 students (’03-’04), 4 students (’04-’05), 4 students (’05-’06), 4 students (’06-’07), 4 students (’07-’08)
 
Instructor of Record:  Contemporary Topics in Pharmacy Practice (PHRD 325) – Elective Course • Develop and deliver 2 credit hours each Fall providing the student with the opportunity to discuss contemporary topics of interest in the pharmacy. • Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2008
 
Guest Lecturer:  US Health Care Systems (PHRD 305) – Required Course  Chemical Dependency (PHRD 529) – Elective Course  
 
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (2000-2003) Teaching Assistant:  Pharmacy Law (PHAD 491) – Required Course • Develop and deliver 2 credit hours each Spring covering pharmacists’ commonlaw and statutory obligations under the American constitutional system of dual national and state authority. • As a teaching assistant, I taught the entire course and was solely responsible for the students’ grades. • Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2003