Harrison School of Pharmacy

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Channing Ford

Channing Ford

Director of Assessment
Department: Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Auburn University
Harrison School of Pharmacy
2316 Walker Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: crf0015@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-8348
Fax: 334-844-8353


  • B.A., Mass Communication - Alabama-Birmingham, 2003
  • B.A., Art History - Alabama-Birmingham, 2003
  • M.A., Communication Management - Alabama-Birmingham, 2006
  • M.P.A., Public Administration - Alabama-Birmingham, 2009
  • Ph.D., Administration of Higher Education – Auburn, 2016

Channing R. Ford joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy in the Summer of 2014. Initially, she held the position of Assistant Director of the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, but has transitioned into the Director of Assessment role in Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives.

Ford has more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing faculty development experiences and has expertise in interprofessional education, assessment, and program evaluation. Ford came to Auburn following eight years in various positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), serving seven years in the School of Medicine.

As Director of Assessment, Ford coordinates all aspects of the school’s assessment mission and works proactively and collegially with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others to develop and maintain an extraordinary culture of assessment within the School. She oversees computer-based assessments and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, coordinates Benchmark assessments, manages course and instructor evaluations, develops and validates appropriate data collection instruments, collects, analyzes, and disseminates data related to academic and programmatic outcomes.

, Additionally, Ford conducts ongoing formative assessments of instructional and institutional effectiveness, manage testing accommodations, develops and implements effective assessment policies, ensures assessment data are secure in accordance with legal and ethical standards, establishes a shared vision for assessment within the School, updates and maintains the Assessment Framework and tirelessly fosters its implementation, completes annual assessment-related reports for university-level offices and professional and regulatory agencies, stays abreast of current trends and technologies for assessment, and is the primary contact point for internal and external stakeholders on all matters related assessment within the school.

Ford earned her Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University in 2016, with her dissertation research focusing on identifying the teaching qualities and behaviors essential for teaching in pharmacy education. Ford is also a four-time graduate of UAB, earning bachelor’s degrees in art history and mass communication, with an emphasis in journalism. She also has master’s degrees in communication and public administration.

Prior to Auburn, she was the Education Program Director for the UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She also served as the Associate Director for Program Implementation for the UAB Geriatric Education Center, developing inter-professional education opportunities for trainees, faculty and community practitioners.

Ford has authored multiple journal articles, presented numerous papers and posters on interprofessional education at various national meetings, and serves as a consultant for multiple outside grants as an expert in interprofessional education and program evaluation.

Last Updated: September 5, 2019