Education, Leadership

Dean Guthmiller Receives Citation for Work as an Educator and Oral Health Professional

Dean Guthmiller standing on stage holding a plaque with other winners

UNC Adams School of Dentistry leads the way in dental care and education here in North Carolina and across the nation, and our faculty and staff have been recognized for their expertise and service in oral health. This culture of educational excellence begins at the top, and recently, Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD, dean of ASOD, received a citation for her work as an educator and oral health professional.

The American Dental Education Association presented Guthmiller with a Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors citation at its recent 100th annual session in Portland, Oregon, recognizing her for significant contributions to dental education and the ADEA, as well as her service on the New Thinking for the New Century Steering Committee. Guthmiller was selected as one of eight dental educators in North America to participate on the New Thinking for the New Century Steering Committee, where she led educators and students from across the country in developing an action plan to develop future leaders in dental education and succession planning.

Dean Guthmiller smiling and holding the award plaque

The ADEA honored Guthmiller, who currently serves as Chair of the ADEA Council of Deans, at its recent program as a “transformational leader,” citing her current position as dean of ASOD, her years of experience as dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, and her efforts to focus on underserved communities and expanding their access to dental care. She is also committed to raising funds to help students who are underrepresented in the dental profession.

“I’m so flattered to receive this commendation, as it shows that the work and commitment that we have at Adams School of Dentistry is recognized by our peers across dental education,” Guthmiller said. “We know that we are leaders in dental education, shaping our students to be the oral health professionals and leaders of the future, and it’s wonderful for UNC to receive recognition on a national stage. With a clear forward direction, we will continue to do good work and continue to serve the oral health community across North Carolina and beyond.”