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UDM appoints provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Long-time faculty member and administrator Pam Zarkowski wil help lead UDM

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  Pamela Zarkowski

A faculty member and administrator at University of Detroit Mercy for more than 30 years, Pamela Zarkowski was named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

In this combined executive position, Zarkowski is the chief academic officer of the University and is responsible for the administration of all academic departments and programs. She is also a member of the UDM President’s Council and is the prime representative of the University in UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi’s absence.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be selected for this position, which carries a significant responsibility within the University,” said Zarkowski. “I will continue to build upon many of the initiatives that I have been working with the faculty and administration to develop over the past five years, including implementing the University’s new Strategic Plan and exploring attractive new academic delivery methods, such as online courses.”

As a faculty member in the University’s School of Dentistry since 1978, she attained the rank of professor in 1994. She was appointed interim vice president of Academic Affairs in 2007 and was officially appointed vice president for Academic Affairs in 2008. Prior to that position, Zarkowski was executive associate dean of UDM’s School of Dentistry from 2002-2007. She was also chairperson or director of three departments (1988-1997), associate dean for admissions and community relations (1992-1997) and associate dean for academic administration (1997-2002).

In the School of Dentistry, she has continued to teach community dentistry and legal and ethical concepts to pre-doctoral, dental hygiene and graduate students. She has also conducted continuing dental education courses and published in the areas of community oral health and legal and ethical issues for dental professionals.

Zarkowski is former president of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and American Society for Dental Ethics (ASDE); former chairperson of the ADEA/Gies Foundation; and past president for the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (SELAM). She is also a faculty contributor to the annual ADEA Leadership Institute and Allied Leadership Institute programs and a senior consultant for the Academy for Academic Leadership.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Public Health in Dental Public Health and Teaching Certificate in Community Dentistry from University of Michigan. She earned a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Wayne Law Review.

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