Embarking as Captain of the Ship for the Curriculum Committee

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This commentary examines the curriculum chair’s responsibilities and discusses considerations when assuming this role, using a captain of the ship metaphor. From knowing the crew to managing a diverse set of responsibilities, the path to becoming an effective chair is challenging and each captain’s stripe must be earned. Advice is provided to assist with understanding the curriculum and governance processes, as well as the chair’s various roles and professional development. The need for both leadership and management is also emphasized.


This article was originally published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, volume 85, issue 6, in 2021. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe8692


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy