Five IU School of Dentistry employees received awards or scholarships at the school’s annual staff and faculty conferences, held Oct. 17-18. The staff awards were presented at the dental school and the faculty awards at a teaching retreat at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, Ind.
The annual Indiana Dental Association awards honoring excellence in teaching went to Drs. Laura Romito and Jack Windsor, both of the Oral Biology department.
Dr. Romito, an associate professor of oral biology and the school’s director of the Nicotine Dependence Program, received the IDA Outstanding Teacher Award for her faculty contributions in the past academic year. She has been with the IU dental school only since 2005, but Dr. Romito has shown a strong commitment to helping the school maintain and build upon its solid, longstanding reputation in the field of tobacco-related education and research. Along with Prof. Lorinda Coan and Dr. Arden Christen, she integrated tobacco education into IUSD’s Dental Hygiene curriculum, and as a member of the Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group she has participated in programs statewide to help increase Hoosier oral healthcare providers’ awareness of tobacco issues. She is deeply involved in problem-based learning activities, particularly as a triple-jump examiner and case writer. She has taken on time-consuming extra duties on behalf of the school, most notably her term as president of the Faculty Council, and she pursues key academic opportunities that are beneficial to both the school and her own reservoir of knowledge as a professor, such as her recent fellowship in the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute program.
Dr. Jack Windsor, associate professor of oral biology and director of the Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group, received the IDA Outstanding Faculty Award for his body of work at IU. Over the 13 years that Dr. Windsor has been with IU, he has steadily developed into one of the school’s strongest faculty leaders – a path that is now also carved into the campus and university landscape in his current role as president of the IUPUI Faculty Council. Despite enormous commitments to these additional activities – like Dr. Romito, he, too, has taken a term as president of the IUSD Faculty Council and completed the ADEA Leadership Institute fellowship – Dr. Windsor is a highly accomplished teacher and researcher. A quick walk through his laboratory on any given day will usually reveal students hard at work at every age and educational level, sometimes including high schoolers and routinely a group of IUPUI undergrads. These students thrive under his mentorship, including several who have received awards and honors for their research projects. Overall student evaluations of his teaching are consistently high. He himself has received multiple NIH grants during his career, both as a co-investigator and a principal investigator.
The Johnson Community Service Awards were presented to recently retired faculty member Dr. Samuel Campbell and staff member Ms. Holly Black. The awards are supported by IU dental graduate and retired public health dentist Donald Johnson (DDS'56), of Carmel, Ind.
Dr. Samuel Campbell, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, retired in August 2011 after serving with excellence on the part-time faculty for more than three decades. He has amassed an impressive record of community volunteerism during his career, and he received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Indiana’s governor in the 1990s for his military service, which has included deployment during Operation Desert Storm and the Bosnian conflict. Although he has long been involved with such organizations as the Little Red Door Cancer Agency and the United Way, Dr. Campbell is best known at the dental school for the outstanding service he gave to the International Service Learning Program from its inception in 2001 until his retirement. Along with Dr. Timothy Carlson, he has mentored many IUSD students in their eye-opening journeys to poverty-stricken communities in Haiti and Ecuador.
Holly Black, an administrative secretary in Restorative Dentistry, was honored for her work with the Barbee Christian Camp near Leesburg, Ind., west of Fort Wayne. The camp is run by the Indiana region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Nine camps are offered for grades 2 through 12, and Ms. Black has served for the past 10 years as a counselor for the one-week high school camp. Her main role is to help students develop their interest in and understanding of their faith, and to help young people deal with the often difficult transition from child to adult. She helped initiate the Indiana region’s Young Adult Retreat and continues to help organize the events. In 2010, she joined the region’s Camp Commission, which allows her to contribute to the entire camping program, helping to ensure that it remains relevant and appealing to today’s youth.
Nicole Guerrettaz, senior administrative secretary in Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology, received the IUSD Staff Council Scholarship. Ms. Guerrettaz resumed her college education after a 10-year break in 2008. She is enrolled at IUPUI, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor concentration in literature. In 2010 she was one of 18 female college students who received a POWER scholarship (Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation) from the Indiana government. She is now classified as a senior, and is on track to receive her degree in May 2013.
Nov. 2, 2011