Faculty Development Day Features Internationally Known Educators

Faculty Development Day Features Internationally Known Educators

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The School of Dentistry held a Faculty Development Day on Monday, September 26, 2011. Highlights of the day’s activities included presentations by dental education legends Dr. Rick Valachovic and Dr. Bill Knight. Dr. Knight presented a workshop on “Designing and Using Evaluation Forms to Facilitate Student Learning and Faculty Development,” and Dr. Valachovic lectured on “Drivers of Change in Dental Education.”

Dr. Bill Knight earned his DDS degree in 1969 and an MS degree in restorative dentistry in 1981 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned an MS degree in health care education in 2001 from the University of Detroit Mercy. After serving three years as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy he established a private practice in Southfield, Mich., where he served patients for 29 years. He began his teaching career in 1981 at the University of Michigan and later served as academic dean and clinical dean at the University of Detroit Mercy. In 2001 he was appointed as assistant dean for Clinical Education, and in 2009 as executive associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, his current position. Dr. Knight's research interests are in instructional design and outcomes assessment. He has published 23 peer-reviewed articles and has enjoyed many invited presentations and workshops. Dr Knight is a member of the ADA, ADEA, and the ACD.

Dr. Richard W. Valachovic was appointed executive director of the American Association of Dental Schools (now the American Dental Education Association) in 1996. In this position he serves as the chief executive officer of the only national association representing the academic dental community. Prior to his current position, Dr. Valachovic’s experience focused on teaching, research, clinical practice, and administration. He was a full-time associate professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and served there as dean for Clinical Affairs, dean for Government and Community Relations, and director of Postdoctoral Education. Dr. Valachovic received a BS degree from St. Lawrence University, a DMD degree from the University of Connecticut, and MPH and ScM (Health Policy and Management) degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed postdoctoral education and residency training in dental public health and pediatric dentistry at Harvard University and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and is a board certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist.