June 24, 2020

Wendy L. Ward, Ph.D., Named UAMS Associate Provost for Faculty

Wendy L. Ward, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPA, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and leader in faculty affairs and development, wellness and interprofessional collaborative practice at UAMS, has been appointed associate provost for faculty in the UAMS Division of Academic Affairs.

Wendy Ward, Ph.D.

Wendy Ward, Ph.D.

“Throughout her tenure, she has demonstrated a commitment to and focus on faculty excellence,” UAMS Provost and Chief Strategy Officer Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., said of Ward in an announcement to UAMS faculty and staff.

Ward succeeds Jeannette M. Shorey II, M.D., who retired in February. She will start in her new role on July 1.

Ward, who joined the faculty in 2003, is a board-certified psychologist with research interests in chronic pain management and the prevention and treatment of obesity. Her roles in the Department of Pediatrics have included associate director of the Section of Pediatric Psychology, director of faculty wellness, director of leadership development, co-director of faculty development and associate director of faculty affairs.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the UAMS Women’s Faculty Development Caucus since 2006 and served as the organization’s president in 2013-2015. In 2016, Ward was named director of interprofessional faculty development in the UAMS Office of Interprofessional Education, a role she will continue to hold.

Ward has served as UAMS representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Faculty Affairs since 2013. She has been an invited member of the American Board of Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology since 2016.

She has been honored multiple times for her teaching, earning the Department of Pediatrics Educator Emeritus distinction in 2013 and the UAMS Chancellor’s Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence in Society and Health in 2015. Ward was named an American Psychological Association Fellow in 2017 and a Distinguished Fellow in Psychology by the National Academies of Practice in 2020. In February 2020, Ward delivered an invited TEDx UAMS talk on the experience and value of interprofessional teamwork in health care.