Responsibilities of the dean include providing vision and leadership in directing, coordinating and integrating the teaching, research, practice and service missions of UTHealth School of Dentistry. In consultation with faculty and administrators, the dean has overall responsibility and authority for:
The dean serves as spokesperson for the faculty and represents the School of Dentistry within the wider UT System, the academic and professional community and the business community. The dean is responsible for advocating for dentistry and maintaining relationships between UTSD and local, state, regional, national and international agencies and organizations.
The Office of Student and Academic Affairs provides student and academic services for applicants, current students, and faculty. Student Affairs is responsible for admissions, student records, student life, and support services. Academic Affairs focuses on planning, developing and evaluating academic programs and policies. The Office of Student and Academic Affairs is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all of the School of Dentistry’s student and academic activities.
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Rhonda Whitmeyer, Communications Manager
Mallory LaSalvia, Communications Specialist
This office is the contact for:
Robert Cahill, Senior Media Relations Specialist
713-500-3042 or 24-Hour Media Hotline 713-500-3030
This office is the contact for:
Guided by the policies and procedures of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and UT System, the associate dean for management provides financial analysis and reporting, advises the dean on ways to optimize operations and services, and is responsible for the coordination and administration of the operational and financial affairs of the school.
Responsibilities include advising, assisting, and monitoring the school's business activities including finance, human resource management, contractual operations, equipment and inventory management, information systems, and space needs.
The Office of Patient Care is responsible for dealing with the needs of all patients at the School of Dentistry and its off-site clinics and hospital affiliations. From the initial contact through assessment and ongoing care, the Office of Patient Care is there to answer questions and deal with any issues patients may have.
The Office of Patient Care has two primary divisions: Clinical Services and Patient Services. The office also is responsible for clinical education and quality improvement, community outreach, and day-to-day operation of the school's faculty practice, UT Dentists.
We always have our patients' best interests in mind and will enforce their rights and ensure their privacy as patients of the School of Dentistry.
The Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs was established to provide leadership, advocacy, support and assistance to administration and faculty in improving the quality of teaching and learning. Additionally, the office focuses on developing or enhancing leadership skills, communication, faculty development, research, academic skills, cultural diversity and interdisciplinary activities.
These goals are accomplished through a spirit of collaboration with all involved, while supporting the overall mission and goals of the School of Dentistry in pursuit of excellence of teaching and learning, education, research, patient care and institutional development. In 2013, the office established a new Center for Teaching and Learning, focused on supporting our dental educators.
The Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs is involved in the Summer Health Professions Education Program as well as the recruitment, employment and retention of faculty for the school.
The Office of Strategic Planning is responsible for applying the strategic-planning process to various UTHealth School of Dentistry activities. Through interaction with professional dental organizations, the strategic planning team identifies professional trends that impact dentistry and dental education. The team advises the dean and the UTSD faculty.
The office also serves as administrative liaison and resource for the Outcomes Assessment Committee. The office leads and oversees the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Self-Study process and the ADA-CODA Accreditation Site Visit. The office is responsible for writing reports required by the dean, the health science center, the American Dental Education Association and other entities.
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Technology Services and Informatics (TSI) provides support for students, faculty and staff in the areas of library services, clinical and educational technology, media production and web services. It is also home to the informatics research group, which provides support and assistance with data collection, analysis, presentation and visualization.
TSI is the driving force behind technology innovations at the School of Dentistry. From technology assessments and implementation to training and hardware support we have a guiding hand in all aspects of technology. This ensures a consistent and professional level of support throughout the school and means that our systems are integrated correctly and are the most appropriate available for the required task.