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Transitions, Appointments and Awards: Mid-November 2013 Update

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Dr. William Knight Appointed Interim Dean of the UIC College of Dentistry

G. William Knight, D.D.S., M.S., has been appointed Interim Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) effective December 16, 2013. He will replace the current Dean, Bruce S. Graham, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., who will return to the faculty after 13 years as Dean.

Dr. Knight first served in the role of Assistant Dean for Clinical Education when he joined UIC COD in 2001. In his current role as Executive Associate Dean, he is the Chief Academic Officer for the college, working closely with the faculty in the D.M.D. and the Advanced Specialty Programs. Dr. Knight has been instrumental in transformative innovations to the professional doctorate program. His innovations have resulted in vastly increased student clinical learning experiences and were recognized with the 2012 ADEA Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation – Academic Dental Institution.

Prior to arriving at UIC COD, Dr. Knight earned his D.D.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and a M.Sc.E. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Knight began his career as a Dental Officer in the United States Navy, after which he established a private practice where he served patients for 29 years. He began teaching in 1981 at the University of Michigan, where he was honored five times with Instructor of the Year awards, and he later served in academic affairs and clinical leadership roles at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dr. Knight’s research interests are in instructional design and outcomes assessment, and he has published 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals on these topics. He is a nationally recognized thought leader in the learning process that leads to dental students’ development of clinical treatment competency skills. Dr. Knight is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and an active member of National and State dental professional organizations. He has held numerous leadership positions in ADEA, serving as Chair of the sections on Academic Affairs and Clinical Simulation. He also has served as a Site Visitor Consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the National Commission for Accreditation and Assessment, which is an accrediting agency for international dental education programs.

ADEA's Journal of Dental Education Receives ICD Award

ADEA’s Journal of Dental Education received the International College of Dentists Special Citation Awards at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Dental Editors on October 30.

The January 2012 issue won the award for its unique concept and presentation. The issue celebrated the 75th anniversary of the journal and invited distinguished dental educators with expertise in different aspects of dental education to contribute. It provided an excellent opportunity to analyze historical dental trends and discuss current issues of importance in dentistry and dental education.

To view the award-winning issue, please visit the Journal of Dental Education website.

Dental Assistant Winners Selected for the ADAA/DANB Scholarship

The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have selected the winners of the 2013 ADAA/DANB Scholarship.

The newly launched scholarship program is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality. When evaluating the applications, the scholarship committee looked for dental assistants who demonstrated a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning in the dental assisting profession.

The awards ceremony was held October 31 at the 2013 ADAA Annual Session in New Orleans. The scholarship committee selected five winners for this year's ADAA/DANB Scholarship:

  • Theresa Anderson, of Wentzville, MO
  • Brittany Ashenfelter, CDA, of Indianapolis, IN 
  • Nicole Calderone, of Hemet, CA
  • Fanice Jean-Baptiste, of Lynn, MA
  • Maria Urita, CDA, of Joppa, MD

“As America’s largest membership organization for dental assistants, the ADAA is proud to partner with DANB to recognize the deserving recipients of this new scholarship to help take their careers to the next level,” says ADAA President Carolyn Breen, CDA, RDA, RDH, Ed.D.

“Both ADAA and DANB promote lifelong learning, and we are excited that this year’s winners will receive the additional funds necessary to help them achieve their DANB certification, continuing education and other professional development goals,” says DANB Board Chair Frank Maggio, D.D.S.

The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is a joint collaboration between the ADAA and DANB. Information about the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship will be announced in the coming months. To learn more, visit www.dentalassistant.org or www.danb.org.


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