||Dr. David Kerns in periodontics has been promoted to professor. Kerns
joined the HSC-BCD faculty in 2002 and teaches 14 graduate courses at
HSC-BCD and via distance education for Jacksonville University. He also
holds a visiting faculty appointment at the University of Guadalajara.
Kerns is a periodontics site visitor for the Commission on Dental
Accreditation and an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.
He says his favorite part of teaching is seeing young residents grow
personally and professionally into responsible doctors.
||Dr. Lynne A. Opperman, who previously was granted tenure, has been
promoted to professor in biomedical sciences. Opperman serves as
director of technology development at the college, where she helps
individuals transfer research into products for commercialization. She
also mentors graduate students and teaches two D1 courses. Opperman was
the keynote speaker this April at the 26th Annual Dental Science
Symposium at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio, where she spoke about technology transfer and the student
||Dr. Kenneth Anthony Bolin in public health sciences has been promoted
with tenure to associate professor. This is the eighth year Bolin has
been on the faculty at HSC-BCD. He lectures at the college on applied
preventive dentistry and also supervises D4 students on their rotations
in community dentistry. Bolin has presented guest lectures to several
national organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the
U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care. He is a board member and treasurer
of the Texas Oral Health Coalition.
|Dr. Yi-Shing Lisa Cheng has been promoted with tenure to associate
professor in diagnostic sciences. Cheng joined HSC-BCD in 2005 and
teaches oral pathology, clinical stomatology and oral microbiology. She
also occasionally teaches continuing education courses in oral
pathology. Cheng was previously on the faculty at the China Medical
University School of Dentistry in Taiwan. She says she enjoys the
opportunity of inspiring young people to think.
||Dr. Allen L. Honeyman in biomedical sciences has been promoted with
tenure to associate professor. Honeyman is the course director of
microbiology and immunology and also lectures in biochemistry. Before
joining the college in 2002, he taught at the University of South
Florida College of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis.
Honeyman is a member of the International Association for Dental
Research and the American Association for Dental Research.
||Ms. JoAnn C. Scofield has been promoted with tenure to associate
professor in dental hygiene. In previous years Scofield taught
professional ethics and theory of dental hygiene, but this year her
responsibilities changed to clinic coordinator and director for several
upper-division courses in dental hygiene. She also presents guest
lectures on chemical dependency and serves on several drug recovery
programs throughout the country. Scofield says going into teaching is
the best professional decision she ever made.
||Dr. Robert Spears in biomedical sciences has been promoted with
tenure to associate professor. Spears began teaching at HSC-BCD in 1994
and currently instructs dental students, dental hygiene students and
graduate students. He also lectures each year to first-year medical
students at HSC-College of Medicine, teaching oral histology. Spears is
actively involved in the American Dental Education Association, where
he represents HSC-BCD on the council of faculties. He also helps Texas
higher education by serving on the state anatomical board and as an
accreditation site examiner.
||Dr. Ikuya Watanabe has been promoted with tenure to associate
professor in biomaterials science. Before he joined HSC-BCD in 2002,
Watanabe was on the faculty at Nagasaki University in Japan. Today he
teaches dental materials and removable prosthodontics. He also gives
outreach lectures to the Japanese community in Dallas. Watanabe says he
enjoys learning new things in his research, teaching those findings to
his students and translating the findings into improved patient care.
||Dr. Nancy W. Burkhart in periodontics has been promoted to
clinical associate professor. Burkhart lectures on oral pathology and
mucosal diseases. She also helps host the International Oral Lichen
Planus Support Group. Before serving on the faculty at HSC-BCD, she
taught at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at
Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, and the College of Medicine and Dentistry
in Newark, N.J. Burkhart says she enjoys her role of educator and feels
she’s teaching even when she assists patients in the oral lichen planus
||Dr. Andrea Rothman has been promoted to clinical associate
professor in restorative sciences. An HSC-BCD alumna herself, Rothman
teaches clinical fixed prosthodontics and treatment planning. She also
has taught at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and
has given lectures on communicating with the dental laboratory. Rothman
says she enjoys teaching clinical restorative dentistry to
compassionate, enthusiastic students.