Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD, serves as the Director of Faculty Development and is an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Dental Public Health. She earned a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a focus on education and teacher training. Throughout her career, she has been involved in curriculum development, offering teaching methodology workshops and courses, conducting teacher training, and providing services and resources to promote faculty development.
Within Pitt’s Dental School, some of her current responsibilities include overseeing the school’s faculty development programs in support of the educational mission, designing and implementing the school’s mentoring program, serving as chair of the Dental School’s Faculty Development Committee, serving as educational consultant on the school’s Curriculum Committee, offering workshops and courses to faculty on didactic and clinical teaching, providing orientation for new faculty, offering instructional design consultations for faculty, conducting and coaching educational research projects, and directing two first-year courses in the pre-doctoral dental program.
Recently, she has created a two-year Academic Career Track Area of Concentration certificate program for pre-doctoral students to train future dental educators. In addition to directing this program, she also offers various elective courses in teaching methods, clinical teaching, and educational research. Since December of 2015, she has served as Principal Investigator of the NIH funded "University of Pittsburgh Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care" federal contract and oversees the development of interactive virtual cases in pain education and their implementation in five health sciences schools.