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Faculty promotions

Ten Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry faculty members have been approved for promotion and assumed new titles this summer. Faculty promotions include:

Ajouni Dr. Khaldoun Ajlouni has been promoted to associate professor in diagnostic sciences. Ajlouni teaches two courses and is the assistant director of the predoctoral implant program. He holds two patents with the Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization. Ajlouni says he enjoys the interaction with students: “They are fun to work with, respectful and eager to learn.” He also says he enjoys working at the same school as his brother.
Ashworth Dr. Stan Ashworth has been promoted to associate professor in general dentistry. Ashworth serves as a group leader in the comprehensive care program. Prior to working at HSC-BCD, he was in private practice in Dallas for 28 years. Ashworth often gives guest lectures about dental digital photography and is a member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association and Texas Dental Association. He is an alumnus of HSC-BCD.
Beach Dr. M. Miles Beach in periodontics has been promoted to associate professor. Beach is the director of pre-doctoral periodontics at HSC-BCD. He also teaches dental students, dental hygiene students and graduate students. Before joining HSC-BCD, Beach was in private practice in Cincinnati and taught periodontics to pediatric dentistry residents at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a member of the ADA, ADEA and a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Benniger Dr. Christine Beninger has been promoted to associate professor in restorative sciences. Beninger teaches pre-clinical and clinical operative dentistry to D1, D2 and D3 students. She also teaches ethics to both dental and dental hygiene students. She is a member of the ADEA and serves as vice chair of its Operative/Biomaterials Section. Beninger says she enjoys the enthusiasm of the students as they master a new concept or clinical technique. “I love to see the ‘ah-ha’ moment,” she says.
Cramer Dr. George Cramer has been promoted to associate professor in restorative sciences. A faculty member from 1975 to 1981, Cramer later returned to HSC-BCD where he currently teaches, serves as a D3 group leader and instructs students in the Summer Predental Enrichment Program. An HSC-BCD alumnus himself, Cramer says he enjoys the opportunity to interact with students and being associated with outstanding faculty members.
Jenny He Dr. Jianing “Jenny” He has been promoted with tenure to associate professor in endodontics. He teaches both undergraduates and endodontic residents. She also is working on a five-year research project funded by a 2007 grant from the American Association of Endodontists Foundation. She previously has served as president of the Dallas Asian Dental Association and the Dallas chapter of the American Association for Dental Research. He has been a member of the faculty since 2003.
Hutson Dr. Brent Hutson in restorative sciences has been promoted to associate professor. An HSC-BCD alumnus, Hutson has been on the faculty since 1995. In that time, he also has provided pro bono work for the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office as a forensic odontologist. A member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, he often gives guest lectures throughout the region about forensics. He also is a member of the ADA and the Dallas County Dental Society.
McWatters Dr. Michael McWatters in restorative sciences has been promoted to associate professor. McWatters, an HSC-BCD alumnus, began teaching at the college in 2001 and was voted by dental students as the 2008 Teacher of the Year. He currently instructs dental students and dental hygiene students. He also is a group leader for D3 students in the comprehensive care program. He is past president of the Austin District Dental Society and serves on annual dental mission trips to Central America.
Qin Dr. Chunlin Qin in biomedical sciences has been promoted with tenure to associate professor. Qin joined the HSC-BCD faculty in 2006 and teaches predoctoral courses, graduate courses and one dental hygiene course. A member of the International Association for Dental Research/American Association for Dental Research for more than 10 years, Qin currently serves as secretary of its Mineralized Tissue Group. He says he enjoys seeing young students understand the connection between basic science and dentistry.
Roshan Dr. Susan Roshan in general dentistry has been promoted to associate professor. This is the third year Roshan has been on the faculty at HSC-BCD. She is a group leader for D4 students in the comprehensive care program. She also is a co-director of a practice administration course for D4 students. Roshan is a member of several national organizations, including the ADA, ADEA and the IADR/AADR. She also is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.