Office of Academic Affairs

The School of Dental Medicine Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) works closely with the curriculum committee for the pre-doctoral program to carry out the educational arm of the stated vision, mission 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 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. Jean O'Donnell, Chair, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Dr. John Burnheimer, Faculty, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Michael Dobos, Chair, Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care
Dr. Robert Engelmeier, Chair, Prosthodontics
Dr. Joseph Giovannitti, Chair, Dental Anesthesiology
Dr. Adriana Modesto-Vieira, Faculty, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Mark Mooney, Chair, Oral Biology
Dr. Steve Kukunas, Faculty, Prosthodontics
Dr. Marnie Oakley, Associate Dean Clinical Affairs
Dr. Mark Ochs, Chair, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. L.G. Schneider, Chair, Diagnostic Sciences
Dr. Charles Sfeir, Chair, Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry
Dr. Mark Sosovicka, Faculty, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. B.J. Costello, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Lynne Taiclet, Director, Center for Patients with Special Needs
Dr. Robert Weyant, Chair, Dental Public Health

Ms. Rebecca Abromitis, Health Sciences Library System
Dr. Zsuzsa Horvath, Director of Faculty Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Mr. Richard Oravetz, Director of Instructional Technology, School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Joanne Prasad, Faculty, Diagnostic Sciences
Ms. Melanie Reyes, Curriculum Development Administrator, Academic Affairs
Ms. Carol Washburn, Center for Instruction al Development & Distance Education

President, Class of 2017
President, Class of 2018
President, Class of 2019
President, Class of 2020

The Student Promotion Committee regularly reviews the overall progress and grading of pre-doctoral 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. Karen Nedwick-Castro, Faculty, Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care
Dr. Thomas Kunkel, Faculty, Prosthodontics
Dr. David Veronesi, Faculty, Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care