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Dugoni School Faculty Honored by Peers for Innovation, Excellence

Dr. Gurminder Sidhu won the Helix award for her creation of online learning modules in two radiology courses.

June  15, 2010

Two faculty members at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry were acknowledged by their peers for excellence in innovation, teaching and service during Faculty Development Day, a June 8 event held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.

Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum Innovation Award

This year, the dental school launched the Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum Innovation Award. Based on accomplishments during the 2009-2010 academic year, faculty were invited to nominate themselves or their colleagues for innovative projects that have helped define new standards of learning at the dental school. In total, six nominations of individuals and teams were received.

2010 award nominations:

  • Drs. Howard Landesman and Peter Hansen for their work on the second-year denture block experience
  • The Pediatric Dental Clinic for its efforts to establish a leader team, virtual patient cases, goal sheets and utilization of Sakai, among other achievements
  • Dr. Fred Fendler for integrating case-based learning across all three years of the Integrated Clinical Sciences (ICS) curriculum
  • Dr. Terry Hoover for his work on the Literature Review Project
  • Drs. Bill Lundergan, Gretchen Bruce, Lisa Harpenau, Greg Meyers; Deborah Horlak, Paula Watson, Jace Hargis, Martin Lehman and Cindy Mar for their utilization of Skype and other technologies to improve delivery of the Dental Hygiene 130 course
  • Dr. Gurminder Sidhu for her creation of online learning modules in two radiology courses

Finalists Drs. Hoover, Bruce and Sidhu presented their innovations to their colleagues, and it was Sidhu who took first place for her online learning modules. Sidhu was awarded a trophy and a $1,000 prize, to be used within her department toward further learning enhancements.

Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Leigh Anderson, chair of the Physiological Sciences Department, was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Leigh Anderson, chair of the Physiological Sciences Department, was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Each year, the school's Dental Faculty Council selects a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in areas of faculty performance including teaching, scholarship, research and service. Candidates are nominated by their peers and must win by a 2/3 majority vote.

Dr. Leigh Anderson, chair of the Physiological Sciences Department, was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award. In his 10 years at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, Anderson has proven to be well-liked by his students and peers, is a school leader in web technology in a classroom setting and has a long history of dedication to research.

In his role as chair of the Physiological Sciences Department, Anderson has led the effort to integrate the foundation courses of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. This is the first step in the development of the integrated medical sciences strand of the Pacific Helix Curriculum.

"Our faculty members have been doing great work which is being recognized both inside and outside our school," said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Nader Nadershahi. "They truly exemplify the innovative spirit of the Dugoni School of Dentistry."

Category Type: Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu