MS & PHD STUDENTS

Cecilia Plaza, PhD

Degree: 
PhD
Program: 
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Track: 
Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcome
Dissertation Title: 
“The Application of Transformative Learning Theory to Curricular Evaluation”

Alumna
Year Graduated: 2006
Director of Academic Affairs and Assessment, The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria, VA

Academic & Professional Updates
Advisor: Dr. JoLaine Draugalis
My MS and PhD focused primarily on pharmaceutical education. I also worked as a community pharmacist during the time I was in graduate school. My pharmacy practice and graduate work has provided me with a unique perspective of actual practice combined with an understanding of pedagogical considerations and experience in teaching. My scholarship has included studies that were national in scope such as the longitudinal studies on experiential education in U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy and an examination of trends and administrative mentoring in the pharmacy deanship. My dissertation work titled “The Application of Transformative Learning Theory to Curricular Evaluation” has national application for curricular evaluation as it relates to the proposed new ACPE Accreditation Standards and the use of portfolios in pharmacy education. Future areas of research include using current theories in higher education and exploring their application in pharmacy education, curricular evaluation and assessment, and the measurement of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
I am currently Director of Acadmic Affairs and Assessment at The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Alexandria, VA.

Publications
1. Higbee MD, Plaza CM, Dunkelbarger-Reed J. Understanding and managing sleep difficulties in the elderly. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2000; 13: 316-326.
2. Plaza CM, Draugalis JR. Implications of  advanced pharmacy practice experience placements. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2000; 64: 404-409.
3. Plaza CM, Draugalis JR, Retterer J, Herrier RN. Curricular evaluation using self-efficacy measurements. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2002; 66: 51-54.
4. Plaza, CM, Draugalis JR, Slack MK, Skrepnek GH. Administrative career planning: a ten-year update of the pharmacy deanship. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2004; 68(1): article 8.
5. Plaza, CM, Lofgren BD, Draugalis JR. Curricular evaluation using clinical practice guidelines: a hypothyroidism exemplar. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2004; 68(3): article 59.
6. Plaza CM, Draugalis JR. Keeping it real (or reel). inventio. 2004; 6(1): article 12.
7. Plaza, CM, Draugalis JR, Skrepnek GH, Slack MK. Administrative mentoring and career planning in the pharmacy deanship. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2004; 68(4): article 86.
8. Plaza, CM, Draugalis JR. Implications of advanced pharmacy practice experience placements: a 5-year update. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2005; 69(3): article 45.
9. Draugalis JR, Plaza CM. Emerging role of epidemiologic literacy. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2006; 40: 229-233.

 

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