Peter  J. Hughes
Professor and Director, Faculty Success and Continuing Professional Development
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Office: 1449 CHS Building 1
Phone: 205-726-2519

Peter J. Hughes’ passion for his work seems to be in his blood. His great-grandfather was a first-generation American citizen and successful community pharmacist in central Illinois. Hughes, an alumnus of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, values the relationships he has built over the years and the opportunities student interaction brings for his personal and professional life. As director of faculty success and continuing professional development, his primary professional interest is to partner with and to help others grow and get a little bit better every day.  "As a faculty member and director of our continuing professional development program at Samford, I am very passionate about teaching and working with individuals of all ages, no matter what their journey in life may be," Hughes said.  "I believe education is a bi-directional process, and that everyone on the team has something to contribute for the benefit of others and themselves.”

Specialties: Academia, Drug Information, Continuing Pharmacy Education, Continuing Professional Development, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Pharmacy Practice

Degrees and Certifications

  • Pharm.D., drug information specialty residency, Samford University
  • M.S., education, Samford University
  • B.S., biology, University of Alabama
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
  • Preceptor, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
  • Parenteral Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
  • Fellow, AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (2018-2019)


  • Area of Practice: Drug information
  • Scholarship/Research: Drug information, pharmacy education, professionalism, medication safety, drug development, long-term care pharmacy, medication use 

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Lambda Sigma
  • Excellence in Pharmacy Award, Mylan Pharmaceuticals


  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Reviewer for Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and The Annals of Pharmacotherapy
  • Alabama Medicaid Agency, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (2018-present)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Continuing Pharmacy Education Commissioner (2020-present)