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Dr. Charles Arcoria, Dental Teacher of the Year

2012 Teacher of the Year

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Charles Arcoria, associate professor in restorative sciences; Dr. Diego Hurtado, 2012 graduate;
and Dr. Jonathan Clemetson, president of the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association.

Media Resources/Steven Doll

Students respond with vote of approval following Arcoria’s transition back to full-time instructing and honor him with teaching award a second time

Dr. Charles Arcoria is an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences.

A 1980 graduate of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University, where he was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. In 1992 he earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, where he was a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon honorary society.

Arcoria has been a faculty member since 1984, teaching and directing Dental Anatomy & Occlusion and Clinical Operative Dentistry. He last won the Teacher-of-the-Year Award in 1988. In addition, he teaches dental anatomy and occlusion at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. From 2000 to 2011, Arcoria administered the Office of Continuing Education and Alumni at TAMHSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.

“I am thankful for the superb students we have at this institution, who make the job that I do much easier,” Arcoria says. “I am also grateful to several administrators who have invested in me over the course of my career, including Drs. James Cole, Amp Miller, Jesse Bullard and Steve Karbowski,” he says. “I appreciate my faculty colleagues who make me a better educator because of who they are and what they believe, including Drs. Burt Bryan, Stan Cobb, George Cramer and Brent Hutson.”

Recently, Arcoria and his wife, Bunny Vitasek-Arcoria, opened a dental extraction clinic for the homeless in south Dallas, in partnership with LakePointe Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church. They serve as dental directors of the all-volunteer extraction clinic. During most of the 90s, they operated a dental consulting business, assisting young dentists in setting up their dental practices. 

Arcoria is an avid organic gardener and fitness enthusiast, volunteering his time with his wife for various activities at his church, LakePointe, in Rockwall, Texas.

“I have to thank my wife of 20 years and my sons, Evan and Adam, who have always been very supportive in everything that I have done here at the college,” Arcoria says.