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Dental school faculty receive IDA awards


The Indiana Dental Association presented awards to Drs. Jack Windsor and Laura Romito at the Indiana University School of Dentistry Teaching Conference at McCormick's Creek State Park on Monday, October 17. Dr. Windsor received the IDA Outstanding Faculty Award, and Dr. Romito received the IDA Outstanding Teacher Award.

The awards recipients, chosen by committees of their peers, received plaques and a monetary award from IDA Executive Director Doug Bush at the annual teaching conference dinner.

“Years ago the decision was made to use a portion of the ‘Pursuit of Excellence’ fund raised by the IDA to honor two IDA faculty members each year," Bush said. "It is one tangible way the profession can say ‘thank you’ to IUSD leaders who work so hard to prepare the next generation of dental professionals.”


Dr. Jack Windsor, recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for 2011, joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1999 after having served as an Associate Scientist and Research Professor at the University of Alabama. He carries a heavy teaching load and has had multiple students receive various significant awards for their research projects under his mentorship. His overall student evaluations of his teaching are consistently high and he has a solid and impressive record in his effectiveness as a teacher. He has received multiple NIH grants, both as a co-investigator and as a principle investigator and is currently Director of the Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group. He has been an author or co-author in literally dozens of published articles and research abstracts. He was a 2007 recipient of the IUPUI Glenn Irwin Experience Excellence Recognition Award and has been an Institute Fellow at the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute. Additionally, he currently serves as president of the IUPUI Faculty Council. According to the Awards Committee, he is a highly active, productive faculty member, who is assuming a strong leadership role in the dental school and on the IUPUI campus. 

Dr. Laura Romito, recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2011, received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the Ohio State University in 1984 and 1988, respectively. She also completed a general dental practice residency program and Master of Science in health promotion degree. She started her academic career at the Creighton University School of Dentistry and started employment at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2005. She has multiple publications to her credit and has received over $500,000 in grants as either the principle investigator or as a co investigator. She has mentored many dental and undergraduate students in the area of public perceptions of dissolvable tobacco products. In addition to this, she has been extremely active in problem based learning activities, particularly as a triple jump examiner and in writing cases. She has been active with her service activities, perhaps most notably in serving as President of the IUSD faculty council and her completion of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute program.

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