Jonathan Thigpen

Jonathan Thigpen is an associate professor and the Assistant Dean for Curricular Innovation and Professional Development at Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy. His primary responsibilities are to oversee the implementation of a new and innovative curriculum while empowering faculty to grow professionally.

He obtained his PharmD from Samford University before completing two postdoctoral fellowships; University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (pharmacoepidemiology/pharmacogenetics) and Duquesne University School of Pharmacy (academia/research).

He is passionate about heterodoxy and currently leads Heterodox Academy's Health Professions Education HxCommunity and serves as campus co-chair for The HxA Campus Community at Samford University. He is extensively involved in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), having held various leadership roles among its standing and ad hoc committees, councils, sections, and special interest groups. He also serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE).

In his free time, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two children.

Engagement as an HxA Member:
Presented at HxA Virtual Event, Summit, or Conference
Published on HxA: The Blog
Guest on HxA Podcast
HxA Writers Group Member or Veteran
Active Member of an HxCommunity
Active Member of an HxA Campus Community
Faculty Fellow at HxA Center for Academic Pluralism
Speaker's Title and Institutional/Organizational Affiliation: Associate Professor and Assistant Dean - Samford University
Event Type :
Fireside Chat
Book Talk
Constitution Day Event
Classroom Visit
Debate, Forum, or HxConversation
Speaking Topics - List up to 5 specific topics or titles, each separated by a semicolon: heterodoxy; open inquiry; health professions; patient care; public health
Blackout Dates (Dates speaker is unavailable, Date/Month/Year): none
Distance Willing to Travel: Any/No Limits to Travel Radius
Scholarly Area: Health & Medicine
Modality of Event : In Person and/or Virtual
Willingness to be recorded: Willing
Speaking Fee (Not including travel/lodging expenses): $0-$2,000 USD
Recent Appearance (1 of 5) -title, host institution, year: Health Equity and Policy, University of California, Irvine, 2023
Recent Appearance (2 of 5) -title, host institution, year: Overcoming the “Polarized Mind”: Utilizing Viewpoint Diversity to Build Bridges with Colleagues and Patients, American Therapeutic Recreation Association, 2022
Recent Appearance (3 of 5) -title, host institution, year: Knowledge and Empathy: The Importance of Viewpoint Diversity, Wingate University, 2021
Recent Appearance (4 of 5) -title, host institution, year: On the Outside Looking In: Practitioners vs. Patients, Heterodox Academy, 2021
Recent Appearance (5 of 5) -title, host institution, year: Us vs. Them: Exploring Viewpoint Diversity and Mitigating the Ramifications of Polarization, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2021
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