Peter  J. Hughes
Associate Provost for Faculty Success and Professor of Pharmacy Practice
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Academic Affairs
409 Beeson Hall

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 and the Orlean Beeson School of Education values the relationships he has built over the years and the opportunities faculty and student interaction brings for his personal and professional life. As Associate Provost for Faculty Success, his primary professional interest is to partner with and to help others grow and get a little bit better every day. "As Associate Provost for Faculty Success at Samford, I am very passionate about supporting, connecting and working with colleagues from across campus and at all stages of development," Hughes said. "I believe education is a bi-directional process, and that everyone on the team has something to learn and to contribute for the benefit of others and themselves.”

In his role in the Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Hughes supports various offices and strategic initiatives including, faculty development (including new faculty orientation, internal grants, promotion and tenure, and Leadership Samford), SamfordGlobal (study abroad and international education), the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, as well as the Office of Faith, Learning and Vocation.

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

Degrees and Certifications

  • PharmD, drug information specialty residency, Samford University
  • MS, education, Samford University
  • BS, biology, University of Alabama
  • Fellow, AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (2018-2019)
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
  • Preceptor, Alabama Board of Pharmacy


  • Areas of Practice: Continuing professional development, Drug information
  • Scholarship/Research: Continuing professional development, 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

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Farmer SE, Arnold JA, Hughes PJ, Pan K, Gorman GS. A Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Program Assessing Cannabidiol (CBD) Knowledge and Confidence Among Practicing Pharmacists [published online ahead of print, 2023 Nov 7]. J Pharm Pract. 2023;8971900231213938. doi:10.1177/08971900231213938
  • Murry LT, Asokan A, Baumgart G, Bosworth J, Capobianco L, Chapman L, Estevez MM, Hughes PJ, Knutson A, LaNou E, Lehman N, Lawson B, Malhotra J, Matson A, Sogol EM, Yoon D, Engle JP, Travlos DV. Principles for continuing professional development (CPD) programs: a statement by the ACPE CPE advisory committee. Am J Pharm Educ. doi:
  • Manis MM, Kyle JA, Dajani D, Pan K, Hughes PJ, Adunlin G, Allen LN, Leonard CE. Evaluating the impact of a pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship intervention at discharge in a community, nonteaching hospital. Ann Pharmacother. 2022 Jul 19. doi: 10.177/10600280221111795
  • Brothers EB, Hay-McCutcheon MJ, Hughes PJ, Friend ML. Audiology, medicine, and pharmacy interprofessional preliminary interviews and discussions: Improving hearing healthcare in rural Alabama. Am J Audiol. 2022 Jun;1-13. doi: 10.1044/2022_AJA-21-00272
  • Thomas MC, Benner K, Hughes PJ. Availability and characteristics of teaching and learning curriculum programs for first year pharmacy residents: a national perspective. J Am Coll Pharm. 2022. doi: 10.1002/jac5.1633
  • Davis J, Fischl AH, Beck J, Browning L, Carter A, Condon JE, Dennison M, Francis T, Hughes PJ, Jaime S, Lau KHK, McArthur T, McAvoy K, Magee M, Newby O, Ponder SW, Quraishi U, Rawlings K, Socke J, Stancil M, Uelmen S, Villalobos S. 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Diabetes Care. 2022;45(2):484-94. 1-16. doi: 2337/dc21-2396
  • Covington EW, Durham SH, Bland CM, Bookstaver PB, Chahine EB, Cho JC, Diggs F, Jones BM, Kyle JA, Stover KR, Wagner JL, Hughes PJ. A continuing education activity durably addressed knowledge gaps related to penicillin allergies among pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. J Pharm Technol. 2021:1-8. doi:
  • Dugan BD, Hughes PJ, Wright S. Use of a CPD Plan Template with SMART Goals as Part of a Diabetes Pharmacotherapy Module. Innov Pharm. 2020;11(2):10.24926/iip.v11i2.1990. Published 2020 Apr 30. doi:10.24926/iip.v11i2.1990

Books Edited

  • Thomas MC, Hughes PJ, eds. Essentials of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy; 2023.

Awards and Honors

  • Learning for Life Award, Orlean Beeson School of Education
  • McWhorter School of Pharmacy Superior Scholar Award
  • 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)