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In 2013, UTHealth School of Dentistry became one of the first dental schools in the United States to establish a Center for Teaching and Learning.  Through workshops, seminars and individual consultations, new faculty and seasoned educators learn evidence-based teaching strategies and develop skills in mentoring, leadership and scholarship.  The CT&L is of benefit to all dental educators and serves as one example of the School of Dentistry's strong commitment to being a leader in dental education.

Contact Us

Dr. Henson

Harold A. Henson, RDH, MEd, PhD
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
[email protected]
Office: 713-486-4395

Lisa D. Cain, PhD

Lisa D. Cain, PhD
Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs
[email protected]
Office: 713-486-4019

Center for Teaching & Learning

Classroom Teaching
  • The College Student: A Portrait of Today's Learner
  • Getting Started: Course Preparation
  • Teaching Academically Diverse Students
  • Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Classroom Teaching: The Essentials Assessment Development & Analysis
  • Evaluating Your Teaching Effectiveness
  • Creating a Syllabus for Learner-Centered Teaching
  • Critiquing a Syllabus for Learner-Centered Teaching
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • ExamSoft 101
  • Crafting Your Teaching Persona
  • Teacher Power
  • Course Design for Large Classes: A Learning-Centered Approach
  • Active Learning Strategies for Large Classes
  • Promoting Civility in Large Classes
  • Managing Academic Integrity in Large Classes
Clinical Teaching
  • Dimensions of Clinical Teaching
  • Assessing the Clinical Student
  • Clinical Teaching Strategies and Techniques
  • The Evaluation Process
  • Career Development as a Clinical Faculty Member
  • An Adult Learning Framework for Clinical Education
  • Facilitating Learning in Clinical Settings
  • Learning to Make Clinical Decisions
  • Learning Issues in Clinical Education
Building Your Scholarly Portfolio
  • Case Reports: Clinical Scholarship
  • MedEdPORTAL: Impact Dental Education beyond the Classroom
  • Preparing an Abstract for ADEA Annual Session: What Do the Reviewers Want?
  • What Makes a Good Educational Project?
  • Developing and Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Workshop
  • Teaching Philosophy Peer Review Workshop
  • Unlocking EHR Data for Clinical, Educational and Quality Improvement Research
  • Hands-on Training: Using EHR Data for Research
  • Writing Papers for Publication
  • Getting Started in Clinical Research
  • What Drives the Electronic Health Record?
  • EHR: Treatment Codes – The Route to Successful Utilization
  • EHR: Diagnostic Terms – The Roadmap of Diagnostic Terms
  • Mastering the Terms and Codes: Being in the Driver’s Seat
Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry: How to Find High Quality Answers to Your Clinical Questions in Five Minutes or Less
  • EBD – Searching Skills: Finding the Evidence
  • EBD – How to Easily and Efficiently Avoid Bogus Papers and Bad Research
  • Teaching EBD at UT School of Dentistry at Houston
  • What Is the Role of Clinical Expertise in Dental Education?

2024 Spring Calendar

Presentations will be via Zoom on the Thursdays indicated below from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Jan. 25 The Curriculum Vitae: The Course of Life – Faculty Productivity Series
Feb. 8 Effective Feedback and Narrative Evaluations
Feb. 22 Spring Faculty Assembly – No CT&L
Mar. 14 Spring Break – No CT&L
Mar. 28 Beliefs and How It Effects the Way We Provide Feedback
Apr. 11 Making the Most of Each Scholarly Activity – Faculty Productivity Series
Apr. 25 Time Management for Faculty: Strategies to Maximize Productivity in Academic Life – Faculty Productivity Series

These presentations helps demonstrate compliance with CODA Standards for faculty development in:

  • Dental Education Programs – Standard 3-2
  • Dental Hygiene Education Programs – Standard 3-8


UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry's Academic Health Careers Fellowship Program (AHCFP) is an immersive 1-month professional development program designed to expose and mentor practitioners who are interested in pursuing an academic career.

Fellows will participate in a 4 series webinar, in which they are guided throughout this program by a faculty mentor and the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs. The program culminates in a scholarly capstone project. AHCFP is a collaborative endeavor between the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs and the PACE Center at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry.