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Pharmaceutics Course/Laboratory Instructor

Department: School of Pharmacy, Health Sciences Campus Effective Date: August, 2008

USG 12

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Associate Director

General Accountability

The Pharmaceutics Course/Laboratory Instructor reports to the  Associate Director, Practice-Based Education and the Administrative Officer.  The position’s primary responsibility will be to design,  implement and maintain the laboratory components of the Pharmaceutics I and II courses, to maintain the physical laboratory, and to act as an instructor for one of the Pharmaceutics I or II courses per academic year.  This will require an individual who has extensive experience in one or more areas of compounding, dosage form design, pharmaceutical technology,  and/or physical pharmacy.  The applicant should demonstrate creativity in the delivery of  pharmaceutics/compounding instruction and an understanding of recent advances in the  area. He/she will ensure that pharmacy students are receiving skills in pharmaceutics  that will provide a foundation for current and future pharmacist roles and will prepare students for co-op work terms.  He/she will work closely with faculty and staff members who are teaching related courses to ensure that material and skill development is appropriately coordinated.  He/she will be responsible for hiring, training and oversight of tutorial assistants.  The Lab Manager/Instructor will also participate in School of Pharmacy committees and other activities as assigned.   

Nature and Scope

Organizational Relationships

The School of Pharmacy/Health Sciences Campus at the University of Waterloo is currently in start-up phase  and the inaugural class of Pharmacy undergraduate students has started classes in January 2008.  The School of Pharmacy Administrative Team consists of: the Hallman Director; Associate Director, Practice-based Education; Associate  Director, Research and Graduate Studies; Director of Admissions, Professional Relations & Undergraduate Affairs; Administrative Officer; Director of Advancement; and Administrative Assistant. The Director is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the School of Pharmacy. The Associate Director, Practice-based Education is responsible for the practice-based education of the undergraduate program and post-graduate programs.  The Associate Director, Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for all aspects of the graduate program and for the co-ordination of Research activities within the School. The Director of Admissions, Professional Relations & Undergraduate Affairs is responsible for all operations related to student recruitment, undergraduate admissions and the effective operation of the undergraduate program. The Administrative Officer provides leadership for non-academic operations as they relate to the School of Pharmacy. The Director of Advancement is primarily responsible for fundraising activities. The Administrative Assistant provides support to these positions and general operations of the School of Pharmacy/Health Sciences Campus. 

2)           Description of general framework and environment

Faculty of Science


In addition to Honours B.Sc. programs (Co-op and Regular) in Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics, the Faculty of Science offers innovative programs in Science and Business, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, and Computational Science.

The Faculty is home to Canada’s only English-speaking School of Optometry, renowned for its outreach programs and laser vision research. The School of Pharmacy is a new initiative within the Faculty of Science, forming the second professional school within the Faculty of Science and the only co-op School of Pharmacy in Canada.

The Faculty of Science currently has 146 faculty members, approximately 3,400 undergraduate students, 425 graduate students and over 18,100 alumni in 85 countries.  Science is a research intensive Faculty, typically receiving in excess of $40 million per year. Fourteen faculty members in Science hold Canada Research Chairs, 21 have received the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, and 4 are active members of the Royal Society of Canada. The Faculty of Science received more than $5 million in the latest round of grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.


Downtown Kitchener Campus of the University of Waterloo – Phase I Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy

The Downtown Kitchener campus of the University of Waterloo is a collaborative project of the University and the City of Kitchener. Anchored by the new School of Pharmacy, the campus will also include a Family Medicine Teaching Centre, that will combine clinical care, teaching and research in family medicine, a satellite medical school, an optometric clinic, and other health related studies and services.

This campus is the result of outstanding civic leadership from the City of Kitchener and support from many partners and stakeholders. The progress to date includes a $30 million contribution from the City of Kitchener in support of a Downtown Kitchener Campus of the University of Waterloo (Phase I Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy) as well as the transfer to UW of just over eight acres of land at the corner of King and Victoria streets to establish the first phase of this campus.

The Downtown Kitchener campus is part of the City of Kitchener’s bold strategy to build on the strong education and knowledge cluster that exists in the region by creating a pharmaceutical and biotechnology research cluster.

The School of Pharmacy is anticipated to have an annual operating budget of $ 6 – 10 million. The target for enrolment is 120 new students per year reaching a steady state of 480 students in the program. A target of 100 has been set for graduate student enrolment. Over the first 3 – 5 years, faculty and staff will be hired with steady-state values projected to be 30 faculty and 20 staff.



The City of Kitchener and the University of Waterloo are the founding partners in the establishment of the Downtown Kitchener Health Sciences Campus. Other founding partners include the University of Toronto, Laurentian University, and the Family Medicine Teaching Centre.

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care favorably reviewed the proposal for a Downtown Kitchener Health Sciences Campus and School of Pharmacy.  The university has received program approval from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


The University of Waterloo has recently launched a major fund-raising initiative, Campaign Waterloo: Building a Talent Trust. Its overall goal is to raise $260 million by the University’s 50th anniversary in 2007. To date, over $225 million has been raised in gifts and pledges. The campaign is organized on a decentralized model, with volunteer teams recruited for each of the Faculties and other major areas. The above does not include the $30M contribution from the City of Kitchener specifically for the Health Sciences Campus and the School of Pharmacy.

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