August 31, 2016

Affiliate faculty members honored

Dr. Bill McHugh and Dr. Franco Audia are the newest recipients of the Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, which recognize outstanding work by affiliate faculty.

Dr. McHugh received the 2016 Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence, while Dr. Audia received the 2016 Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. The awards were presented at a School of Dentistry faculty retreat on Aug. 29.

Established in 2014, the awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate, a 1978 UW dental alumnus and affiliate faculty member for 33 years. Dr. Hungate, an avid outdoorsman and triathlete, died in an avalanche in the Cascades in 2013. The awards honoring him were created with donations by friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Bill McHugh

Dr. Bill McHugh

Dr. McHugh, a frequent “favorite teacher” selection by students over the years, retired in July 2015 after 20 years as a Department of Restorative Dentistry affiliate faculty member.

“As an instructor on the clinic floor, he receives praise not only from students but from staff and especially other faculty,” wrote Dr. David Ludwig, president of the Class of 2015, in his nomination on behalf of his class. “He is, without exception, a motivating and encouraging force for all students, pushing students to take a clinical weakness and develop future strengths, while fostering existing talents.”

Dr. Franco Audia

Dr. Franco Audia

Dr. Audia, a Bellevue oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has been an affiliate faculty member for 15 years.  Dr. O. Ross Beirne, former chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, called him “an exceptional communicator and extraordinary teacher” who is “a perfect model for a clinical instructor in the School of Dentistry.”

“Congratulations to Dr. McHugh and Dr. Audia on receiving these highly deserved honors,” Dean Joel Berg said. “Both of these outstanding teachers are excellent examples of why our affiliate faculty members are such a tremendous asset to our School.”