Dr. Sara Gordon of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced. Her appointment will take effect on Oct. 1, pending approval by the university’s Board of Regents.
In this newly created post, Dr. Gordon will oversee administration of the School’s academic programs as well as curriculum development, student progress, academic regulations, educational technologies, regional academic operations and the continuing dental education steering committee. Dr. Wendy Mouradian, the School’s Associate Dean for Regional Affairs, Curriculum and Educational Technology, has assumed those duties on an interim basis for the last several months.
“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Gordon to our School and the UW,” Dr. Berg said. “She is a superbly qualified dental educator who will play a critical role as we install a revamped curriculum to produce a true dentist of the future.” Dr. Gordon was selected from among four finalists after a nationwide search.
“We’re changing our curriculum to be even more strongly evidence-based and aligned more effectively with a new clinical training system of intensive clerkship rotations,” Dean Berg said. “For some time, we’ve seen the need to have a separate associate dean focusing squarely on academic affairs as we prepare to implement these changes in the fall of 2015.”
Dr. Gordon said, “I’m very excited about coming to the UW, and I fully share Dean Berg’s vision of a forward-looking dental school curriculum. The School of Dentistry has a great history and tradition, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be on the cutting edge of dental education.”
Since 2006, Dr. Gordon has been Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at UIC’s College of Dentistry. Her other appointments include associate membership in the UIC dental school’s Center for the Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases and an adjunct associate professorship in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology.
Previously, she held dental faculty appointments at the University of Detroit Mercy and in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University. A dual American and Canadian citizen, she received a DDS from Dalhousie University, a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA in English from Dalhousie and a BS in biology from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia.
She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Canada’s Royal College of Dentists in oral medicine and oral pathology. She is currently Director of Oral Pathology Graduate Education at UIC.
In 2003, she became acquainted with the UW when she attended the School of Dentistry’s Summer Institute for Clinical Dental Research Methods. She has been an active researcher and presenter, with more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and several book chapters, and has participated in more than 130 professional development workshops and presentations. She has also been a reviewer for journals including the Journal of Dental Research, the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Journal of Dental Education, Special Care in Dentistry, and the Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry.
In addition, she has been active in community service through organizations including the UIC Dental Charity Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Children’s Bridge International Adoptions and Bryony House Domestic Abuse Shelter.