Office of Academic Affairs

The School of Dental Medicine Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) works closely with the curriculum committee for the predoctoral program to carry out the educational arm of the stated visionmission, and goals of the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Jean O’Donnell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, chairs the Curriculum Committee. The committee consists of representation from each department in the school, students in each of the four years of the program, and consultants from within the school and the University. The consultants represent faculty development, clinical affairs, instructional design and the Health Sciences Library.

The School of Dental Medicine Curriculum Development Administrator brings expertise in higher education to support both the OAA and the Curriculum Committee in their work.


The Curriculum Committee 

The Curriculum Committee for the pre-doctoral program reviews curricular changes proposed by the faculty and recommends curricular changes to the faculty and the dean. The committee monitors the implementation of the curriculum and coordinates all curricular activities and programs.

Committee Chair

Dr. Joanne Prasad, Chair Curriculum Committee, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
Ms. Melanie Reyes, Vice-Chair, Senior Project Manager


Dr. Jean O'Donnell, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs


Dr. Elia Beniash, Chair, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Dr. John Burnheimer, Faculty Designee, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Matthew Cooke, Faculty Designee, Anesthesia 
Dr. Larry Cunningham, Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Joseph Giovannitti, Chair, Dental Anesthesiology
Dr. Sarah Grafton, Chair, Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care
Dr. Thomas Kunkel, Chair, Prosthodontics
Dr. Adriana Modesto-Vieira, Faculty Designee, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Marnie Oakley (ex-officio), Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs, Interim Chair, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Anitha Potluri, Chair, Diagnostic Sciences
Dr. Herbert Ray, Chair, Endodontics
Dr. Gregory Semashko, Faculty Designee, Endodontics
Dr. Charles Sfeir, Chair, Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry
Dr. Mark Sosovicka, Faculty Designee, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, Interim Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Lynne Taiclet, Director, Center for Patients with Special Needs
Dr. Christine Wankiiri-Hale (ex-officio), Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Dr. Robert Weyant, Chair, Dental Public Health, Interim Chair, Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Zsuzsa Horvath, Director of Faculty Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Mr. Richard Oravetz, Director of Instructional Technology, School of Dental Medicine
Ms. Melanie Reyes, Curriculum Development Administrator, Academic Affairs
Ms. Julia Dennis, Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs
Mr. Christopher Edwards, Instructional Technology Specialist
Ms. Rachel Suppok, Health Sciences Library Liaison
Ms. Roseanne Johnston, Director of Information Technology 


President, Class of  2021
President, Class of  2022
President, Class of  2023
President, Class of  2024

The Student Progress Committee

The Student Promotion Committee regularly reviews the overall progress and grading of predoctoral students and makes recommendations regarding student promotion.  

Committee Chair

Dr. Kurt Summersgill, Chair, Faculty, Diagnostic Sciences


Dr. Jean O'Donnell, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Dr. Christine Wankiiri-Hale, Associate Dean, Student Affairs


Dr. Deborah Polk, Faculty, Dental Public Health
Dr Filip Barbaric, Faculty, Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care
Dr. Heidi Huber, Faculty, Prosthodontics
Dr. David Veronesi, Faculty, Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care