Pamela Zarkowski, M.P.H., J.D., received the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award during the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. The award recognizes significant contributions to education, research, and ADEA.
Prof. Zarkowski was nominated for her work to unify the dental education field. During her tenure as ADEA President in 2001-02, she was able to bring together two organizations committed to excellence in dentistry, ADEA and the William J. Gies Foundation, to create the ADEAGies Foundation. Her work with the international dental community has sparked several meetings of the Global Congress on Dental Education.
As Past President of the American Society for Dental Ethics, she has been a beacon for ethical behavior and professionalism. Currently she serves on the Committee to Develop Guidelines on Ethical Behavior for Dental Professionals for the American Association of Dental Boards. She has been a mentor to many, especially through the ADEA Leadership Institute (ADEA LI), and she continues to develop leaders through programs with ADEA and the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (SELAM), which she served as President in 2007-08.
She served the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry as Executive Associate Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Administration, Associate Dean for Admissions and Community Relations, Chair of the Department of Professional Community and Behavioral Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene. Prof. Zarkowski earned a M.P.H. in dental public health at the University of Michigan. She also received a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.