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Teaching Scholars Program

Eight faculty members at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry are the first to complete the college’s Teaching Scholars Program, a new faculty development program that began in fall 2007.

The Teaching Scholars Program is designed to develop and enhance new and junior faculty members’ instructive skills and expertise. The program incorporates workshops, seminars and retreats. Participants also enroll in courses within the college’s Health Professions Education Program.

The following HSC-BCD faculty members completed the TSP in February:
  • Dr. Jay Groppe, associate professor in biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Kelly Kofford, associate professor in diagnostic sciences
  • Dr. Susan McGuire, assistant professor in pediatric dentistry
  • Kelly Muhney, assistant professor in dental hygiene
  • Dr. Jayne Reuben, assistant professor in biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Grace Snuggs, assistant professor in restorative sciences
  • Dr. Beverly York, assistant professor in restorative sciences
  • Dr. Rosemarie Zartman, assistant professor in restorative sciences


The Teaching Scholars Program is funded by the Health Science Center’s academic affairs office and is directed at HSC-BCD by Dr. Lavern Holyfield, assistant professor and director of faculty development.

Dr. Charles Berry, associate dean for academic affairs, says the TSP’s first group was successful and he hopes the program continues.

 “One of the tenets of faculty development is to assist new faculty in the art and style of effective teaching,” Berry says. “The program that Dr. Holyfield and others have constructed through the encouragement and financial support by the Health Science Center has accomplished that need for this group of faculty.”

Teaching scholars