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Dean’s Excellence Awards recognize outstanding effort

Published: November 06, 2019 by Rhonda Whitmeyer

Dean’s Excellence Award winners for 2019 include (clockwise from top left):  Drs. Ashley Clark, Walid Fakhouri, Maria Gonzalez, Kurt Kasper, Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, Joe Ontiveros, Margo Melchor and Don Le.
Dean’s Excellence Award winners for 2019 include (clockwise from top left): Drs. Ashley Clark, Walid Fakhouri, Maria Gonzalez, Kurt Kasper, Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, Joe Ontiveros, Margo Melchor and Don Le.

The annual Faculty Retreat is a late spring/early summer tradition that brings colleagues together as the academic year winds to a close. It’s the occasion for presenting the Dean’s Excellence Awards and recognizing outstanding effort and achievements in mentoring, volunteerism, and the scholarship of teaching, discovery, and application.

This year, eight faculty members took home awards: 

Mentoring
Demonstrating commitment to, and effectiveness in, faculty mentoring
Shalizeh (Shelly) Patel, DDS, MEd

Volunteerism
Consistently volunteering time to support and sustain our mission
Don Le, DDS

Scholarship of Teaching
Studying teaching models and practices to achieve optimal learning
Ashley N. Clark, DDS
Maria D. Gonzalez, DDS, MS

Scholarship of Discovery
Building new knowledge through research
Walid D. Fakhouri, PhD, MSc
F. Kurtis Kasper, PhD

Scholarship of Application
Aiding society and professions by addressing problems
Margo Y. Melchor, RDH, EdD
Joe C. Ontiveros, DDS, MS

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