Lunch Hour Discussion Series about Academic Dentistry

A lunch-hour discussion series about academic dentistry as a career option is offered several times each year. The meetings are informal lunch time discussions about dental education as a career, clinical teaching, dental public health as an academic field, and similar topics of interest. Special guests (faculty and students) are invited to share their experiences and thoughts.

Please join us for our next Lunch Hour Discussion Series Presentation

Spring Semester, 2018

12 - 1 pm
School of Dental Medicine Salk Hall

Title and speakers will be posted as soon as they are known.

The Benefits of an Academic Career

October 18, 2017


Dr. Joseph Ambrosino, Continuing Education Center/Dental Public Health


Dr. Jacqueline Burgette, Dental Public Health


Dr. Satish Kumar, Periodontics


Dr. Adriana Modesto Vieira, Pediatric Dentistry


Clinical and Didactic Teaching

July 13, 2017


Dr. Danielle Cooper, Pediatrics

Dr. Satish Kumar, Periodontics

Dr. Thomas Kunkel, Prosthodontics

Dr. Karen Nedwick-Castro, Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care

Dr. Al Seyedain, Periodontics


Teaching and Military Career

February 23, 2017

Dr. Robert Engelmeier, Prosthodontics

Dr. John Ference, Prosthodontics

Dr. Marnie Oakley, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Dr. Yvonne Zier, Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care


Midlevel Administration

October 13, 2015

Dr. Ronald DeAngelis, Vice Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care

Dr. Steven Levine, Director of Emergency Care

Dr. Anitha Potluri, Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; Director of Admissions, International Advanced Standing Program

Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, Chair and Residency Program Director of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Kelly Williams, Director of the Periodontics Residency Program

Why I Love to Teach

May 26, 2015


Dr. Matilda Dhima, Prosthodontics

Ms. Faith Mahan, Dental Hygiene Program

Dr. Marin Mandradjieff, Endodontics

Dr. Josh Marvit, Oral Biology

Dr. Mark Sosovicka, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Part-Time Faculty, Part-Time Private Practice

February 24, 2015

Dr. Cynthia Adams, Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care

Dr. Sarah Davies, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Joanne Prasad, Diagnostic Sciences & Oral Biology

Dr. Tim Weber, Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care

Ms. Alicia M. Wicks, Dental Hygiene Program

Administration in Dental School

November 12, 2014

Thomas Braun, Dean

Jean O’Donnell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Christine Wankiiri-Hale, Associate Dean for Students Affairs


Why I Teach: Junior Faculty and Clinical Teaching Practicum Students

July 16, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Zavoral, Periodontics

Ms. Diane Ko and Ms. Leah Kanner, rising fourth-year students

Pictured above, left to right: Dr. Diane Ko, Dr. Leah Kanner, Dr. Jennifer Zavoral, and Dr. Zsuzsa Horvath.