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Three faculty awarded FEOs

Katherine Karpinia, D.M.D., M.S.

Katherine Karpinia, D.M.D., M.S.

Three UF College of Dentistry faculty received UF Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) awards – the first time these awards have been given. Of 15 applicants for the first round of FEO award at the university, 12 were funded with three of those awarded to College of Dentistry faculty. Congratulations to Katherine Karpinia, Gail S. Mitchell and Carol Stewart.

Katherine Karpinia, DMD, MS, associate professor and director in Periodontics, received a FEO award for the spring 2009 semester. Karpinia will train at the World Clinical Laser Institute in Charlotte, N.C., to learn to use lasers to treat dental patients. This training and certification will add laser therapy to the patient treatment armamentarium for the predoctoral clinics in the College of Dentistry.

Gail S. Mitchell

Gail S. Mitchell

Gail S. Mitchell, associate in Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences, received a FEO for the spring 2009 and spring 2010 semesters. Mitchell will study advanced faculty development education, cultivating critical thinking in the classroom and clinical learning environments. Mitchell will create a long-term professional development program and also establish a faculty-learning community to facilitate teaching of critical thinking at UF.
Carol M. Stewart

Carol M. Stewart

Carol M. Stewart, professor in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, received a FEO for the 2009 spring and summer semesters. Stewart is establishing an Oral Medicine Residency program at the UF College of Dentistry. In addition,. Stewart will assess “best practice” models for Oral Medicine Clinics at the University of Pennsylvania, Carolinas Medical Center, Harvard University and the University of Washington.

FEOs are intended to advance the academic, professional and scholarly abilities of faculty members and replace the previous system of awarding sabbaticals. While similar to sabbaticals they are intended to be more flexible in nature and duration than traditional sabbaticals.

The next call for FEO proposals is in February 2009. For more information about FEOs, visit http://www.aa.ufl.edu/search_committees/FEO/index.html