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Detroit Mercy Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski honored with 2017 Gies Award

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November 01, 2016

The ADEAGies Foundation recently announced Pamela Zarkowski, MPH., JD, University of Detroit Mercy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will receive the 2017 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator. The prestigious award was established by the American Dental Education Association Gies Foundation in honor of the vision, innovation and achievement of the dental field.

Pamela Zarkowski
Pamela Zarkowski

The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and are the profession’s preeminent recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.  The 2017 Gies Awards will be presented on March 20, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.

Zarkowski and this year’s outstanding winners were selected from a record number of nomination this year,” said Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ADEAGies Foundation.

Dedicating her academic interests in areas of legal and ethical professional development, leadership, community dentistry and workplace climate. She has held various administrative positions prior to her current position, including Executive Associate Dean at the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized for doing what I am passionate about, teaching and working with outstanding colleagues in dental, dental hygiene and graduate education,” said Zarkowski.  “I am fortunate to have been able to teach students for more than 37 years and have had multiple opportunities to work with colleagues at the University of Detroit Mercy, as well as colleagues on the national and international level in the areas of ethics and professionalism.”

Zarkowski has taught in both the ADEA Leadership Institute and the ADEA Allied Leadership Institute and held a number of leadership positions in her field including president of the American Dental Association (ADEA), the first president of the ADEAGies Foundation and is currently president of the American Society for Dental Ethics (ADSE).

She received a bachelor’s of science degree in dental hygiene, a Master’s of Public Health and Teaching Certificate in Community Dentistry from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the Wayne State University School of Law. She was among one of the first women in dental education to complete a yearlong executive leadership fellowship program for women in academic medicine (ELAM).

“Pam has distinguished herself with teaching, scholarly activities and service to the profession,” said Mert N. Aksu, DDS, JD, MHSA.  “She has been a mentor for numerous dental hygienists, dentists and graduate students, as well as her peers and has been described as an exemplar for her contributions as a colleague, role model and change agent in our profession which makes her most deserving of the William Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Dental Educator.”

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