Dr. Avina Paranjpe, Associate Professor in the Department of Endodontics, has received a fellowship to attend the 2018-19 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a yearlong program designed to groom dental faculty members as future leaders in dental and higher education.
The program aims to help participants gain skills in decision-making, priority-setting, and conflict resolution; improve their administrative skills; learn the inner workings of a dental education institution and how it fits into a parent institution; and learn about policy issues affecting academic dentistry.
Activities include training sessions in Colorado Springs, Colo., and at ADEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., plus a legislative workshop at ADEA headquarters.
In addition, Dr. Paranjpe was selected as the 2018 ADEA/American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Foundation Scholar for the Leadership Institute. The award carries a $25,000 stipend to cover tuition and fees for the Leadership Institute.
“This is a tremendous award for a very talented and gifted educator who represents the future of dental education,” said Dr. James Johnson, Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry. “Being selected for the Leadership Institute is a great honor, but to receive the AAE scholarship is just as great an accomplishment.”
Dr. Paranjpe, who in addition to her teaching duties served as Chair of the Faculty Council at the School of Dentistry last year, also holds the Department of Endodontics’ first endowed faculty fellowship, which is supported by contributions from alumni and the AAE.
She is the second Department of Endodontics faculty member in as many years to become a Leadership Institute fellow. Dr. Natasha Flake also received the 2017 ADEA/AAE Foundation Scholarship for the Leadership Institute.
Dr. Paranjpe received a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from India’s Mumbai University in 2000 and practiced privately in Mumbai until 2002. She then earned an MS in oral biology in 2004 and a PhD in immunology in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Paranjpe then earned a Master of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2009, after which she joined the faculty.
She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, and has conducted research on dental materials and regenerative endodontics. She has numerous research publications on subjects including pulpal regeneration and revascularization, immunology, and compatibility of biomaterials.