Regents' Proceedings 86
Duane M. Kirking, Ph.D., professor of social and administrative sciences in
the College of Pharmacy, and research scientist in the School of Public
Health, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 2007.
Professor Kirking received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin
in 1974, his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1977, and
his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in 1979 and
1980, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1980 as
assistant professor of pharmacy administration in the College of Pharmacy
and assistant professor of medical care organization in the School of Public
Health. He was promoted to associate professor in both disciplines in 1987.
In 1998 he was promoted to professor in the College of Pharmacy and
became a research scientist in the School of Public Health.
In 2000, Professor Kirking became the first chair of the newly created
Department of Social and Administrative Sciences in the College of
Pharmacy. Upon completion of his term in 2005, he was named director of
the college's Center for Medication Use, Policy, and Economics. In these
roles, Professor Kirking helped the college to maintain its status as one of
the nation's top pharmacy schools and provided critical leadership in the
development of the first graduate program in social and administrative
sciences. He was a pioneer in the use of non-traditional, innovative teaching
methods designed to increase student involvement in the learning process.
Professor Kirking is a noted scholar and national leader in the assessment
and evaluation of the optimal use of medications in the treatment of disease.
He has received many awards for his work, including the prestigious
Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences from the
American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He is also a leader in pharmacy
practice, and has served on the board of trustees of both the APhA and the
United States Pharmacopeia.
The Regents now salute this distinguished educator for his dedicated service
by naming Duane M. Kirking professor emeritus of social and administrative
sciences and research scientist emeritus.