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NDA Faculty Forum and 2005 Faculty Recognition Awards

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The National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF), in collaboration with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, sponsored the ninth Annual Faculty Recognition Awards Luncheon and Minority Faculty and Administrators’ Forum at the 92nd Annual National Dental Association Convention, July 29, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Aljernon Bolden, Associate Professor and Director of Extramural Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and current NDA President, served as Chair of the Faculty Awards Committee. Dr. Todd Ester, Director of Multicultural Affairs, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, presided at the Faculty Awards Luncheon.

The NDA Minority Faculty and Administrators’ Forum, a joint NDA/ADEA educational program, preceded the luncheon. The theme of this year’s forum on the recruitment of underrepresented (URM) minority students and faculty was “Scanning the Profession: Seeing the Future of Dentistry.” The program highlighted efforts under way to build sustainable programs for the recruitment and retention of URM students and faculty. Dr. Ester took the lead in planning the forum, which complemented the ADEA Minority Affairs Section program at the 2005 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Baltimore.

The forum this year included a presentation by Dr. Brenda Armstrong, Associate Dean for Medical Education and Director of Admissions, Duke University School of Medicine. Her presentation, “A Comprehensive Approach to URM Admissions: The Duke Experience,” provided meeting participants with an overview of the integral components that contribute to the success of the Duke program. These include funding from foundations, institutional support, summer enrichment programs, and mentoring. Professor Pamela Zarkowski, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Chair of the ADEA/Gies Foundation, and ADEA Past President, represented ADEA at the convention and participated in the forum program with a presentation on “The Future of Dental Hygiene: New Competencies and New Challenges.” Dr. Richard Weaver, Associate Director, ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research, presented “Current Trends in Enrollment,” providing an analysis of trends data on the African American applicant pool, dental enrollment, and strategies for consideration to increase the applicant pool.

The NDA Foundation Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Awards Program honors dental faculty who have demonstrated excellence in professional development and a willingness to support and help others in their quest for knowledge and advancement. These awards, presented annually, provide recognition of full-time dental faculty whose actions produce a balance between dental educators and dental practitioners through joint efforts of the National Dental Association and the American Dental Education Association. This year’s awardees were honored in each of the three award categories: teaching, service, and research. The awardees received commemorative plaques and $750 cash awards presented by Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President, Colgate-Palmolive Company.


Dennis A. Mitchell, DDS, MPH, is Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Director of Community-Based Dental Education at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery with a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in Clinical Dentistry in the Divisions of Community Health and Periodontics. Dr. Mitchell previously served as Director of the Harlem component of the Community DentCare Network, a community-academic partnership to reduce oral health disparities, and as Director of Research and Community Dentistry at the Harlem Hospital Center Department of Dentistry. His impact on the oral health of Harlem residents is widespread. Through his work, Dr. Mitchell helped establish a community-based dental service program that treats more than 25,000 patients a year, a Mobile Dental Center that provides service to children in 40 Head Start and day care centers, and a $2.5 million state-of-the-art elder-focused medical and dental practice in central Harlem. Dr. Mitchell began his research career at Columbia as a clinical investigator studying the oral manifestations of HIV infection in different risk groups. His clinical research focus has included intervention related to children’s dental experiences. His current research interests include the oral health status of minority children and adults in northern Manhattan and the effects of periodontal therapy intervention on preterm birth. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator for the Columbia enrollment site for the NIH-funded Obstetrics and Periodontal Therapy multicenter randomized clinical trial to study the effects of periodontal therapy on preterm birth. He is also co-investigator for the NIH-funded study “Symptom Interpretation & Oral Health Among Harlem Adults,” which is investigating the symptom appraisal process and self-care behaviors of black non-Hispanic adults in Central Harlem who have experienced an oral symptom in the last six months.


Patrick J. Louis, DDS, MD, is Associate Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He also holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Louis graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana Magna Cum Laude in 1982. He completed his dental education at Louisiana State University in 1984, ranking third in his class of 83 students. Dr. Louis then went to the University of Alabama and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 1990, after which he joined the UAB faculty. In the process of completing his OMS training, Dr. Louis also completed his MD degree. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Louis is currently course master for the junior Oral Surgery courses and Pain & Anxiety Control. He is course master for the postgraduate courses Maxillofacial Trauma, Dentoalveolar Surgery, and TMJ Disorders, among others. He was recognized as Didactic Teacher of the Year for Dental Students at the UAB School of Dentistry in 1997 and received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Dr. Louis has developed educational videos illustrating surgical techniques and has lectured extensively to professional groups. He has numerous articles and publications and is actively engaged in clinical patient care, teaching, and research. Dr. Louis is currently Chairman of the AAOMS Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Self Assessment Tool Committee and President of the Faculty Section for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has served also as a consultant to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation from 1997 to the present time and has completed eight years on the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Advisory Committee.


Barbara Purifoy-Seldon, RDH, BS, MA, is Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where she has served as a member of the faculty since 1972. She received a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and master’s in curriculum administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Prof. Seldon was instrumental in establishing the Student National Dental Association Chapter at the University of Detroit Mercy and has served as a mentor to the SNDA officers and members. In addition, she has provided personal financial support to the chapter and garnered the support of minority dentists in the Detroit community. Under Prof. Seldon’s guidance, the SNDA Chapter has grown in size and recognition as an active, contributing entity at the dental school. She has also developed the SNDHA chapter at the dental school. Prof. Seldon has worked with administrators at the dental school to identify and provide services for minority students. Her dedication and service extend beyond the dental school to the university and to regional and national organizations. She currently serves on the university-wide Minority Task Force and the Diversity Training Program Committee. Prof. Seldon is an active member of the National Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association where she has served as Councilor for the Minority Affairs Section. Well recognized in metropolitan Detroit as an advocate for dental health, she has played an important role in assisting the dental school to obtain funding for dental clinics located in one of the city’s major health departments. For these efforts, she was given the UDM Faculty Community Service Award for Dedication and Service to the Herman Keifer
Community-Based Project in 2004.

Previous award recipients, their institutions, and the categories for which they were honored are as follows:

1997: Teaching, Edwin H. Hines, DDS, Meharry Medical College; Research, Emerson Robinson, DDS, MPH, University of Michigan; Service, Marlene Moss-Klyvert, EdD, MEd, MS, Columbia University;                                      

1998: Teaching, Rahele F. Rezai, DMD, MA, Howard University; Teaching, Henry L. Young, DDS, MS, Meharry Medical College; Teaching, C.D. Johnson, DDS, MS, University of Texas HSC-Houston;

1999: Teaching, Paul E. Gates, DDS, MBA, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center; Research, Weldon S. Lloyd, DSc, MS, Boston University; Service, Anita Carter-Cunningham, RDH, BS, MS, Hostos Community College;

2000: Research, Richard Allen Beane, Jr., DDS, University of North Carolina; Research, Carroll-Ann Trotman, BDS, MA, MS, University of North Carolina; Service, James E. McIntosh, DDS, MPH, FACD, Columbia University;

2001: Teaching, Gretchen J. Bruce, DDS, MBA, University of the Pacific; Teaching, Cassandra B. Holder-Ballard, RDH, MPA, University of Tennessee, Memphis-College of Allied Health Sciences; Service, Claude Randolph Williams, Sr., DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry;

2002: Teaching, Ernestine Sankey Brooks, MA, DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry; Research, George W. Taylor III, DMD, DrPH, University of Michigan; Service, Thomas A. Jones, DDS, University of Missouri-Kansas City;

2003: Teaching, Douglass L. Jackson, Jr., DMD, MS, PhD, University of Washington; Teaching, Sena Narendran, BDS, DDPHRCS, MSc, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; Research, L’Tanya Joy Bailey, DDS, MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;

2004: Teaching, Edmond R. Hewlett, DDS, University of California, Los Angeles; Research, Jennifer Yvette Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Service, Marilyn Woolfolk, DDS, MPH, MS, University of Michigan.

For more information on the NDAF/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Awards, contact the ADEA Center for Equity and Diversity at 202-289-7201, ext. 168.

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