Rebecca S Wilder, RDH, MS

Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs


Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Claude A. Adams Jr. and Mrs. Grace P. Adams Term Professorship


  • MS, Dental Hygiene Education and Administration, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1980
  • BS, Dental Hygiene, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1979
  • AS, Dental Hygiene, Guilford Technical Community College, 1977


Rebecca S. Wilder, RDH, MS, is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Previously she served as Director of the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education and Director of Faculty Development. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Hygiene through the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has written numerous textbook chapters, most recently a chapter on periodontal disease for an international textbook on Oral Care through the Lifespan. Rebecca has served as chair of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health Research Grant Review Committee, the ADHA Council on Research and President of the Oral Health Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research.

She is a recipient of several awards including the Colgate/IADR Oral Health Research Award, the Pfizer/American Dental Hygienists’ Association Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene and the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Missouri -Kansas City. She was a Fellow in the 2007-08 ADEA Leadership Institute though the American Dental Education Association. In 2012, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the dental honorary society. In 2014 she was selected to receive the inaugural UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry Faculty Mentoring Award. Rebecca has published approximately 200 articles, abstracts, book chapters and editorials and speaks internationally in the areas of nonsurgical periodontal therapy and products, oral-systemic health, risk and dental practice management and communication strategies for increasing patient adherence to oral health.