University of Portland

David Fuentes

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

David Fuentes



Buckley Center 301

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David Fuentes, PharmD, EdD, MSOL, SHRM-CP, joined the University in January 2021 as an associate dean for academic affairs and professor. He has had a career in pharmacy education, serving in administrative and leadership roles overseeing academic affairs, assessment, accreditation, diversity, equity, and inclusion, faculty development, admissions and enrollment, student affairs, instructional design, and curricular development. Additionally, he has served as an academic, practitioner, and preceptor across different healthcare education programs in faculty and administrative roles. Passionate about interprofessional education, David has also taught at various levels in nursing, dental, medical, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and physician assistant curricula. David is certified in Gallup strengths-based coaching, lean systems, and human resources, in addition to having formal education in organizational leadership and organizational psychology. Clinically, David has been dual certified in psychiatric and geriatrics pharmacotherapy. In his personal time, he enjoys running, competitive sports, and reading about leadership and biographies about the resilience of past and current leaders.


David Fuentes received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his Doctor of Education degree with a sub-specialty in Organizational Psychology from Aspen University. He continued to earn a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. 


David Fuentes focuses his research on leadership development, teaching effectiveness, neuroscience of leadership and behavior, applying cognitive behavioral models to leadership, organizational psychology and organizational health.

Recent Publications

Hughes JA, Ofstad W, Fuentes, DG (2021). Changing the Foundations of Faculty Development by Developing a Quality Learning Environment. Currents of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

Hughes JA, Fuentes DG, Park H, Christensen-Grant D. (2021). Achieving Enrollment Outcomes by Aligning Applicant Recruitment and Selection with Unique Organizational Niches. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Fuentes DG. (2021) Rethinking our approaches to succession planning and developing a leadership pipeline. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Hughes JA, Cleven AJ, Fuentes DG. (2019). A multi-dimensional and holistic reflective journal-writing framework to help students develop actionable goals, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Darbshire PL, Proctor AJ, Horner WJ, Devine PS, Fuentes DG, Hoffman EM, Hughes JA (2019). National Survey on Policies and Procedures and Experiential Requirements for Drug Screens in Pharmacy Programs, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Suzuki MK, Fuentes DG, Gibbard R, Backus DM, Marcus KB (2018). Teaching Individual and Group Presentation Skills in Block and Longitudinal Pharmacotherapy Courses, Currents of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

Janke KK, Nelson MH, Bzowckyj AS, Fuentes DG, et al. (2018). Deliberate Integration of Student Leadership Development in Doctor of Pharmacy Programs. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, (80)1:Article 2.

Palmer EC, Reisselman AD, Smith TR, Fuentes DG. (2018). Evaluation of Perceptions and Knowledge of Mental Illness in the United States of America through Crowdsourcing – A Descriptive Study, Mental Health Clinician.

Whitley HP, Bell E, Eng M, Fuentes DG, et al. (2015). Practical Team-based Learning from Planning to Implementation. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, (79)10:Article 149.

Fuentes DG, Ogden R, Ryan-Haddad A, Strang AF. (2015). Reframing our Pursuit to Life Balance. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2015; (79)3:Article 34.