Davis, Erickson Named to New Administrative Positions
Dr. Carlton Erickson, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Erickson is the first appointment to the position created recently by Dean M. Lynn Crismon. In his new role, Erickson will a ddress faculty research mentoring and development. He also will work to enhance the college's research infrastructure and to improve the environment for graduate programs.
Erickson joined the college faculty in 1977 and is internationally recognized for his contributions to the understanding of addiction and addiction issues. He is a celebrated addiction science researcher having received, among other recognitions, Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. In recent years, Erickson has distinguished himself as an addiction science educator, working to disseminate new research findings on drug addition into lay language so that the information may be transferred quickly to professionals who can apply it to assist those affected by addiction issues. He is author of the book The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment.
Crismon also announced the promotion of Dr. Patrick Davis to senior associate dean for the college. Davis has served as associate dean of the college since 1993. The new job title reflects Davis' senior role in the administration of college programs and marks the first time the college has made an appointment at the senior associate dean level, according to Crismon.
Davis, who joined the college faculty in 1978, serves as a professor in the college's medicinal chemistry division in addition to his administrative responsibilities. He is a member of the university's elite Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has won numerous recognitions for his teaching prowess. In October 2007, he became the first UT faculty member to be named professor of the month by the university-wide student governing body. The honor recognizes outstanding faculty from across the campus. His research efforts focus on the impact of educational technology on teaching and learning and on the use of computer modeling and computational chemistry in predicting drug metabolism.