Message from the Dean
It is a great honor to be the 16th Dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. Having assumed the position of Dean in January, 2009, I am very grateful to everyone who supported me and I pledge that I will do my best to continue the legacy of excellence of my predecessors. It is my intention to continue the outstanding programs already in progress at the College of Dentistry.
If the number of applicants nationwide is a measure of the dental profession, and it is, then dentistry is still one of the most sought-after careers available today! This trend is positive for the profession and each individual who is involved in the field of dentistry.
Thanks to the generous donations and support of our alumni and corporate partners, I am pleased to announce that the college has started several projects to enhance the education of our students. We are moving forward with the renovations to the fourth floor, which is the primary clinical area for our 3rd and 4th year students. Based on our current timeline, this pre-doctoral clinical floor is scheduled to be completed in early 2010. Other projects that are in the works are the Post Graduate pediatric clinic, the installation of a state-of-the-art cone beam technology, a second CT scan machine and much more. If you visit the school in the next year, please stop by and see our new modernized dental research laboratory on the ground floor and clinical research center on the third floor.
Research has taken on an increased presence with the hiring of our new Senior Executive Associate Dean for Research, Dr.Franklin Garcia-Godoy. Dr. Garcia-Godoy brings a wealth of experience to UT and has been assigned to develop new sponsored research with our faculty and alumni alike. In the near future, each of you will see the name of the College of Dentistry in national publications – something that we can all be proud of.
In addition, we have just hired the first female chair in the long history of the UT College of Dentistry. Dr. Lina Cardenas will join us this September as the new chair of Pediatrics and Community Dentistry. This is another milestone at the college and one that all of us can applaud. As great as the profession of dentistry is, there is still an issue with access to care across the nation. With the arrival of Dr. Cardenas, the college will move forward to do our part to provide our students with a greater appreciation and commitment to those in the community who are underserved.
I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to continue the rich heritage of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry.
Timothy L. Hottel, DDS, MS, MBA
Dean, College of Dentistry