Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement
The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards) are the preeminent recognition of exceptional contributions to and support of oral health and dental education.
Vision: The articulation and pursuit of a contemporary idea or a set of ideals, perspectives or solutions that attracts the pursuit of a contemporary idea or commitment of colleagues, profession or industry, creating broader meaning while effectively bridging the present with the future of oral health and dental education.
Innovation: The creation, exchange, evolution and application of contemporary ideas into new value that helps drive the success of an organization, institution or enterprise, adding vitality to our profession or industry and advancing the goal of enhancing oral health and dental education.
Achievement: The accomplishment of worthy and socially commendable actions that make material contribution to oral health and dental education.
Academic Dental Institution: An educational institution granting academic degrees or certification in any field of allied, predoctoral or advanced dental study.
Dental Educator: A teacher or administrator in any field of allied, predoctoral or advanced dental study.
Public or Private Partner: A corporate, nonprofit or governmental entity with a dental, educational, public service or consumer mission working toward common goals in oral health or dental education.