Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Professor of Pharmacy Administration
- Ph.D. University of Mississippi
- M.S. University of Mississippi
- B.S.Ph. University of Mississippi
- Dean of the School of Pharmacy
- Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Professor of Pharmacy Administration
- Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Strum’s research interests lie in community pharmacy practice and using marketing and management theories to study the provision, use, and evaluation of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services. She is interested in health care quality and medication safety, as well as management issues in community pharmacy practice. She has also conducted research related to medication adherence, evaluation of pharmacy benefit designs and pharmacy interventions, patient satisfaction, and prescriber behaviors.
Donna Strum, whose nationally respected career has spanned professional practice, academics and administration, was named dean of the School of Pharmacy and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences on February 17, 2022.
She had served as interim dean and executive director since July 1, 2021.
Before her interim role, Strum was appointed as the university’s associate provost in 2017, where she oversaw a wide variety of faculty, student and administrative matters, including academic budget, student retention and human resource issues.
After eight years on the faculty for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, she returned to the university in 2008 as chair and professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration.
During her stint as chair, she assisted in restructuring the graduate curriculum, as well as helping the department win the university’s Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education award.
She was recognized with the 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Award from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement and the school’s 2016 Faculty Instructional Innovations Award for her role in creating and implementing the teaching tool Educating Pharmacists in Quality, or EPIQ. The resource trains pharmacists and student pharmacists to measure and improve quality in pharmacy care.
Strum graduated from the university with her bachelor’s in pharmacy as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacy administration.