CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 24, 2000
UI College of Dentistry alumni name adjunct faculty Educators of the Year
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association has
named all past and present UI College of Dentistry adjunct faculty members
Educators of the Year. The association will recognize adjunct faculty -- including
nearly 80 Iowa dentists who currently teach part time for the college -- at
its annual meeting on Oct. 27.
Usually, the Educator of the Year Award goes to an individual who has made
outstanding contributions to dental education. This year, however, UI dental
alumni and College of Dentistry administrators chose to honor all the practicing
dentists who provide students with lessons no textbook could deliver.
"Adjunct faculty offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to the
College of Dentistry," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the college.
"As professionals with firsthand knowledge of the challenges of establishing
and maintaining practices, they provide opportunities to discuss wide-ranging
topics, such as how to choose a dental lab and how to hire staff."
Service rather than money motivates adjunct faculty members. The modest
compensation they receive for teaching does not compare to what they could
earn seeing patients in their offices. Some also travel long distances to
teach on the UI campus.
But being involved in education brings rewards as well. Adjunct faculty
members have opportunities to discuss cases and ideas with colleagues and
to develop a sense of camaraderie. They often discover cutting-edge technology
and procedures before they become commonplace in dental offices.
"In reading student comments, I am continually struck by the appreciation
of our students for the fine work of our adjunct faculty," Johnsen said.
"It also is heartwarming to hear how much satisfaction our adjunct faculty
receive from their involvement. They make an enormous positive difference."