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2023 UW School of Dentistry Strategic Planning

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

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Committee Chair

Douglass Jackson

Representing Faculty, Administration/DEI, and Outreach

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Committee Vice-Chair

Janelle Brewer

Representing Classified Staff and Clinics

Dental Clinic Supervisor

Chao (Teddy) Dong

Representing Students

Predoctoral Student, Class of 2025

Maggie Helsel

Representing Professional Staff and Communications

Director of Marketing

Melanie Lang

Representing Faculty and Alumni

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

LaMar Lowe

Representing Professional Staff, Clinics, and Finances

Director, Patient Revenue Cycle Operations

Alireza Sadr

Representing Faculty and Research

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Ana Lucia Seminario

Representing Faculty Council and Global Research

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health

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

June and after

Help us implement our new strategic goals and fulfill our new vision

Past Announcements