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University of Iowa News Release

May 7, 2004

UI Dental Faculty Member Named To National Leadership Program

Georgia Johnson, D.D.S., professor and head of periodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, is one of 21 individuals accepted to a yearlong faculty development fellowship sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

The ADEA Leadership Institute includes four phases designed to build skills and prepare faculty members for additional responsibilities at their home institutions. “Our fellows are among the nation’s finest dental school educators,” said Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., ADEA executive director. “They were chosen for their potential to become the foremost leaders in dental education, the trailblazers who will lead our institutions in the future.”

The program’s first phase is a personal and interpersonal skills program in June, followed by a legislative workshop in Washington, D.C. Phase three focuses on administrative competencies, and phase four involves assisting with a daylong faculty development workshop at the ADEA’s 2005 annual meeting. Leadership Institute fellows will complete projects on issues in dental education and, upon completing the program, will have additional training opportunities and contacts through the program’s alumni association.

Johnson earned both dental hygiene and D.D.S. degrees at the UI, then returned in 1991 to join the faculty. She became head of the Department of Periodontics (the branch of dentistry concerned with the gum tissue and bone that support teeth) in 1998, and also has directed the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics.

Much of her research focuses on the effects of tobacco use, including its role in oral disease and treatment outcomes. She also is studying how naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides affect periodontal disease.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Lin Larson, 319-335-9569,; Program:
N. Karl Haden, American Dental Education Association, 202-667-9433