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Teachers of the Year

Kay Mash
                 Dr. Kay Mash
Kathleen Muzzin
               Kathleen Muzzin
Dr. Kay Mash and Kathleen Muzzin have been named the 2009 Dental and Dental Hygiene Teachers of the Year. This honor is voted on by students and presented annually by the alumni association at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.

Mash, associate professor in restorative sciences, has been a member of the HSC-BCD faculty since 1981 and currently serves as the course director for preclinical operative dentistry. Additionally, she provides D2 students an introduction course to the clinic and supervises clinical work for D3 students.

Mash says she finds joy in watching students grow from eagerly preparing their first plastic typodont tooth to becoming competent clinicians.

Teaching isn’t Mash’s only passion. She also enjoys art and has found a way to combine her two loves. She wrote and illustrated the student manual used at HSC-BCD in the preclinical operative courses.

Mash has degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and the University of Arkansas. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the American College of Dentists.

“Being named Teacher of the Year by Baylor’s students is a tremendous honor,” Mash says. “Every day I witness incredible teachers at Baylor who go beyond the call of duty, who work diligently to ensure that every student is treated with kindness and mutual respect.”

Muzzin, associate professor at the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, has been a member of the college’s faculty since 1986. She teaches undergraduate students theory of dental hygiene II and applied dental materials. She also teaches graduate students a special-care patient seminar and supervises the dental hygiene students’ rotation in the college’s special-care clinic.

As a professor, Muzzin says her goal is to teach students to be caring and empathetic clinicians to all patients and to instill in them a commitment to lifelong learning.

She has embraced that philosophy of learning herself, with degrees from Southern Illinois University, Loyola University Chicago and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has conducted research on desensitizing agents for dentin hypersensitivity and aerosol reduction devices for ultrasonic scalers and air polishers.

This is not the first accolade Muzzin has received for outstanding teaching. She received the same award in 2004 and the teaching award for part-time faculty in 1995.

“I want to thank the dental hygiene students for bestowing this award to me,” Muzzin says. “I appreciate all of your support and feel honored to receive this award.”