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2023 UW School of Dentistry Strategic Planning

The New Strategic Plan is Here!

Strategic Plan Brochure Cover

The School of Dentistry’s Strategic Plan, Advancing Oral Health for All, is an ambitious and bold plan that looks directly and optimistically to the future, building on the outstanding accomplishments of our history, in addition to the new knowledge of today. View the Strategic Plan (PDF)

View the Advancing Oral Health for All Booklet (PDF)

Welcome to the 2023 UW School of Dentistry Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC) page. Here, we will keep you informed of the planning process and how you can be involved in shaping the future of the UW School of Dentistry!

Our Purpose

Under our charge from Dean Ritter, we will clarify our mission and develop a new vision of the future of our school. We will design a strategic plan to guide UWSOD toward that new vision. Our goal is to exceed our school’s past successes to make an even greater impact on oral health education, oral and craniofacial research, person-centered healthcare, and community service. The new strategic plan will articulate our:

  • Shared purpose (a mission statement),
  • Shared aspirations (a vision statement),
  • and importantly our shared values.

This will communicate who we are and why we are here, as well as where we are headed as a school, so we make wise decisions for our future.

Who We Are

Sara Gordon

Representing Faculty and Administration/ Curriculum

Douglass Jackson

Representing Faculty, Administration/DEI, and Outreach

Janelle Brewer

Representing Classified Staff and Clinics

Chao (Teddy) Dong

Representing Students

Maggie Helsel

Representing Professional Staff and Communications

Melanie Lang

Representing Faculty and Alumni

LaMar Lowe

Representing Professional Staff, Clinics, and Finances

Alireza Sadr

Representing Faculty and Research

Ana Lucia Seminario

Representing Faculty Council and Global Research


Our Committee’s Guiding Principles

We respect dissent:

  • We assume positive intentions, not bad intentions, in anyone’s statements.
  • There should be no silent dissent on the committee – we speak up in real time.
  • All SPOC members will listen carefully to what is being said by our colleagues with the intent of understanding.

We are inclusive:

  • All SPOC members are empowered to speak and be heard.
  • All SPOC members are equal.
  • Stakeholder voices are equal in discussions.

We are practical:

  • We aim to be realistic.
  • We are respectful of UW and community culture.
  • We are accountable, as a group, to UWSOD.


How You Can Be Involved

March & April

Key Leader Interviews & Focus Groups

April 1 – 10

All students, faculty, staff, patients, and alumni take the online survey

April – May

Participate in workgroups to develop the goals and comment on drafts

Sept – Nov

All students, faculty, staff, patients, and alumni provide feedback


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