The School The School of Dental Medicine was established in 1868 as Boston Dental College and was incorporated into Tufts College in 1899. For 150 years, faculty, staff, students and alumni have shaped the history of the School and the profession through commitment to comprehensive dental education, dynamic and groundbreaking research, caring and devoted people, and community service.
Today the School is renowned throughout the United States and the world as a center for academic and clinical excellence. The School boasts more than seven thousand alumni, including individuals from all fifty states and thirty-nine countries. Students engage in a comprehensive education that emphasizes the importance of didactic coursework, pre-clinical training, clinical experience, and practice management that prepares them to enter the workforce as confident, proficient clinicians.
The School's vision is to educate global leaders in oral health. Its mission is education commited to clinical excellence, which is achieved through:
Evolving comprehensive dental education that integrates science, technology, patient needs, and lifelong learning in a world-class environment;
Interdisciplinary, dynamic research to improve oral care and have a positive impact on overall health;
Recruitment, development, support and retention of a diverse group of exceptional students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
Civic engagement in service to our local, regional, national, and global communities.
The School's constituents are united through the following set of common values:
Professional excellence and integrity in living, learning, and practicing with the highest ethical and clinical standards;
Commitment to advance dentistry through the integration of education, research, and collaboration;
Respect for each other's rights, opinions, and beliefs in a diverse, culturally-sensitive and supportive environment;
A culture of open communication that fosters a sense of community.
The Role Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the chief academic officer of the School and is accountable for the quality, conduct, and coordination of academic affairs. With the Provost, the Dean takes responsibility for the following:
Ensuring the quality of dental education, research and clinical service;
Overseeing the recruitment, development, promotion, and retention of the faculty;
Collaborating with the deans of the other schools on synergistic partnerships that strengthen educational and scholarship links across the University;
Overseeing admissions, student life, and student services;
Securing the resources needed for the School to ensure the successful fulfillment of the School's mission.
Following are the direct reports to the Dean:
Chairs of the nine departments: Comprehensive Care; Diagnostic Sciences; Endodontics; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Orthodontics; Pediatric Dentistry; Periodontology; Prosthodontics; Public Health and Community Service;
Executive Associate Dean;
Seven associate deans and three assistant deans.
The next dean will have the opportunity to focus on the following key challenges and opportunities.
Facilitate a long-term strategic planning effort that that builds on the successful implementation of
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About Tufts University
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