Dear Colleagues,

Just like every other unit at Ohio State, the College of Dentistry evaluates all its employees annually, and this process takes place each summer. It includes all full-time staff and faculty, and it involves a thorough review of each individual's professional performance throughout the year.


For staff, the evaluation includes communication skills, customer service, teamwork, and other abilities. We ask staff members to complete a self-assessment summary, and we ask supervisors to list each employee's major strengths and areas for improvement. All this information is shared so there can be a meaningful dialogue at the annual evaluation meeting.


Faculty members also are evaluated by their respective supervisors. Some faculty report to a division chair, to an associate dean, or to the dean. And although the review format is similar to the one that is designed for staff, the process comprises a more expanded scope, especially for those who are engaged in all three of our college's missions -- education, research, and service.


After all the faculty reviews are completed and documented, a stack of files for each division is brought to the dean's office. At this point, I review the reports and, in some cases, ask the supervisor for additional insight. This is a labor intensive process for everyone involved, but it's also one that yields great benefits, especially for me, because I learn so much about so many in our college. I gain a greater appreciation for the work people do, how they and others evaluate their efforts, the impact of their work on the missions of our college, and what they plan to do in the year ahead.


This gives me a fresh perspective on how our college operates, and it reaffirms for me the importance of each staff and faculty member whose contributions make us what we are. I can honestly say I look forward to this time of year because it makes us better at what we do, and it gives me a chance to praise and thank so many members of our college community. I can hardly wait to see what our staff and faculty have to say about all their accomplishments when we do our reviews again next year!




College News
White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Students

On August 19, the College of Dentistry's new dental hygiene and dental students will celebrate the beginning of their path to becoming dental professionals at the annual White Coat Ceremony.


The event serves as an official welcome to the college, and it marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the dental hygiene Class of 2015 and the dental Class of 2017. The white coats students wear at the event symbolize their newfound commitment to dentistry.


Click here for previous White Coat Ceremony photos.

College Hosts Faculty Awards and Recognition Event  


Dentistry's faculty and senior staff members joined Dean Patrick M. Lloyd for the college's faculty recognition and awards celebration held at the Blackwell Inn on June 4.


This year's award recipients included Division of Oral Biology Assistant Professor Michael Bailey, who received the Stazen Junior Faculty Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has shown exceptional promise in the research field.  
The Larry J. Peterson Young Educator's Award, which honors a faculty member who has taught for 1-3 years and who has shown "exceptional enthusiasm for teaching," was presented to Burak Yilmaz, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Restorative, Prosthetic, and Primary Care Dentistry, for his dedication to excellence in teaching.
Assistant Professor of Periodontology Binnaz Leblebicioglu received the Postle Teaching Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and her dedication to instruction for the college's undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and graduate students.

Dr. Ning Quan Serves as Editor-in-Chief


Dr. Ning Quan, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Biology, was recently appointed as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Inflammation Research, an international, peer-reviewed publication that presents research related to laboratory and clinical findings on the molecular basis, cell biology, and pharmacology of inflammation.

In addition to his role as a faculty member in the College of Dentistry, Dr. Quan also serves as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics in the College of Medicine. In that capacity, his research focuses on the types of psychosocial stress that alter susceptibility to infection, and the mechanisms by which chronic inflammation triggers the degeneration of the central nervous system.

Dr. Dennis McTigue Receives Mentor of the Year Award


Dr. Dennis McTigue, a pediatric dentistry professor at the College of Dentistry, has been chosen as the Mentor of the Year by the Foundation of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The award honors selected members of the College of Diplomates for the "positive mentoring impact" they have made on fellow pediatric dentists. Recipients of this award must have a history of supporting other pediatric dentists in their careers, and they must inspire other pediatric dentists to become leaders in the profession.
Throughout his career, Dr. McTigue has served as a past President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, President of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Dr. John Kalmar is President of AAOMP


Dr. John R. Kalmar, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, and a Clinical Professor in the College of Dentistry's Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology, was recently installed as president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), which represents oral and maxillofacial pathologists within the profession, in the dental and medical communities, and to the public at large. In this role, Dr. Kalmar will represent the AAOMP in meetings with the executive leadership of the American Dental Association, the Dental Specialties Group, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Kalmar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and he has also served on the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 


D4 Student George Williams Honored by Board of Trustees


Fourth-year College of Dentistry student George Williams recently received The Ohio State University Board of Trustees' Student Recognition Award at a ceremony held at the Longaberger Alumni House on June 7.


A native of Canton, Ohio, Williams was honored for his commitment to excellence both within and outside the classroom, and for his outstanding leadership. He serves as the current President of the College of Dentistry Student Government Association, and he is a past president of Ohio State's Pre-Dental Club.   


Commenting on Williams' award, Dean Patrick M. Lloyd said, "George is a student and a leader who sets the standard for others in our college.  We are pleased and proud that he is a member of our college community, and we congratulate him for receiving this well-deserved award."

Ohio State Supports Pelotonia 2013: Join the Fight Against Cancer!


Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. This year's 75-mile ride begins in Pickerington and ends at Gambier, Ohio.



Pelotonia raises money for innovative and life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center's James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute. 


Since its beginning in 2009, Pelotonia participants have raised more than $42 million for cancer research. We invite you to join in this worthwhile effort by clicking here.
July 2013 Edition

Brutus D.D.S. 
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