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 a faculty member and director of our continuing pharmacy education program, I am very passionate about teaching individuals of all ages, no matter what their journey in life may be," said Hughes.  "I believe education is a bi-directional process.  If educators don’t listen, observe and truly interact with students, they themselves are missing out on valuable educational experiences. It is an honor to work in Samford's College of Health Sciences and interact with our wonderful students, faculty and staff."

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
  • Consultant Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy


  • 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
  • Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, board member, Ensley, Ala.