Dean Pyle to Become Senior Scholar at ADEA

Marsha Pyle, DDS, MEd, who is retiring in September as dean of the School of Dentistry, will be the next senior scholar in residence for the American Dental Education Association.

“I am very excited to be joining the ADEA team,” said Dean Pyle, who will succeed her friend and mentor Leo Rouse in the scholar’s role.

Dean Pyle will work directly with the ADEA president and CEO, Karen P. West, especially in academic areas that represent changing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills across the health professions. She also will work on staff diversity and inclusion and with the association’s corporate supporters.

In her 12 years as dean of the School of Dentistry, Dean Pyle accomplished advances in curriculum to make UMKC a leader in preparing graduates for the world of digital dentistry. She oversaw many advances in technology in the school’s in-person and simulation clinics, capped by last year’s opening of the school’s state-of-the art Pre-clinical Lab. And when the pandemic hit, Dean Pyle worked tirelessly to ensure that all members of the DDS Class of 2020 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 could graduate on time.

Dean Pyle also is no stranger to national leadership and the ADEA. She came to UMKC from Case Western Reserve University, where she had already led innovations in dental curriculum innovation, recognized by the ADEA William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. Her previous ADEA posts include chair of the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Planning Committee, the curriculum project for older adults and the Macy curriculum projects. She also has been chair of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Pyle has accepted this appointment and will be sharing her expertise and insights with us,” Dr. West said. “The senior scholar in residence program is a unique way that we can leverage the knowledge and experience of leaders in dental education to help ADEA reach new heights.”