Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social, and Administrative Sciences
Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry), University of Mississippi
B.S. (Pharmacy), University of Mississippi
Dr. Weston joined the faculty of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy in 2013. His current responsibilities include providing oversight of the College’s assessment program, ensuring compliance with accreditation standards regarding academic affairs, assisting the Curriculum Committee with curricular refinement, oversight of faculty development for the College, and teaching within the Pharmacy curriculum.
Dr. Weston spent several years as a research scientist in computational chemistry & biology in the biopharmaceutical industry before transitioning into academic pharmacy. His experience in academia includes being a part of the launch of three new schools of pharmacy (at South University, the University of the Incarnate Word, and Harding University). Dr. Weston has experience with a range of different curricular models (semester-based, year-round, integrated basic/clinical, separate basic/clinical, etc.). He serves as an item writer and reviewer for both the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Examination (NAPLEX). Dr. Weston authored a recent book chapter (in Concepts in Pharmacogenomics), has published several journal articles, and has received a number of patents and grants for his research work. He is currently working on a new textbook on Drug Discovery and Development that will be published in 2014. Dr. Weston initiated a medicinal plant/natural products program at Harding University, took a group of P4 students to Africa in 2011 for Hardings’s first international advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE), and served as a fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leaders Fellowship Program in 2011-12.
Dr. Weston attended the University of Mississippi where he received a B.S. degree in Pharmacy in 1990. In 1995, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Mississippi in Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry and then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Northwestern University Medical School in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).