The School of Dentistry honored four outstanding teachers during a faculty retreat in December, including its first-ever awards to affiliate faculty members.
Dr. Richard B. McCoy and Dr. Natasha R. Flake received Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Awards, which have been bestowed since 2001 to recognize permanent faculty. Dr. McCoy, a member of the School’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) faculty in Spokane, Wash., received the 2014 Rothwell Lifetime Achievement Award, while Dr. Flake, a member of the Department of Endodontics faculty in Seattle, received the 2014 Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Mark Drangsholt, Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine and the award selection committee, presented the awards. They honor the memory of the late Dr. Bruce R. Rothwell (1948-2000), a former chair of the School’s Department of Restorative Dentistry and a leading figure in forensic dentistry.
The retreat also marked the inaugural presentation of the Hungate Awards for Teaching Excellence, which recognize the vital contributions of private dentists and dental specialists to the School’s educational mission. Hundreds of such faculty members serve with minuscule compensation each year. The awards are named after Dr. William P. “Mitch” Hungate (Class of ’78), who was himself an affiliate faculty member and an avid outdoorsman and triathlete who died in an avalanche in 2013.
The 2014 Hungate Lifetime Award for Teaching Excellence went to Dr. David Steiner, a Tacoma endodontist who has served on the Department of Endodontics since 1974, teaching both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. He is a UW dental alumnus, earning his DDS in 1970 and his MS and specialty certification in endodontics in 1974.
Dr. Philip Anderson, a Seattle general dentist for 30 years until retiring in 2005, received the 2014 Hungate Award for Teaching Excellence. Also a UW dental alum (DDS Class of ’72), he has served on the Department of Restorative Dentistry faculty since 2007 and also on the School’s Admissions Committee.
The awards were presented by Dr. Charles Bolender, former Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and head of the award selection committee.