Congratulations to Lorie Primosch, M.Ed., and Shannon Wallet, Ph.D., who were selected as the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year for the University of Florida College of Dentistry. The Teachers of the Year are selected by the sophomore, junior and senior students from a ballot of eligible faculty members.
“I am not surprised that these two faculty members stand out as excellent teachers to our DMD students. They are both highly dedicated to teaching and learning, and we are fortunate to have them as part of our college,” said Robert Burne, Ph.D., interim dean of the college.
Primosch is an associate in dentistry in the Department of Periodontology and was selected by the students as the Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year. She joined the college in 1986 as a dental hygienist in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science and, in addition to her work instructing DMD students in the college, is a highly-active volunteer in the community.
Wallet is an associate professor in the Department of Periodontology and was selected as the Basic and Behavioral Sciences Teacher of the Year. She joined the college in 2006 and devotes most of her time to her research, which is dedicated to deciphering mechanisms underlying exaggerated inflammatory responses that contribute to initiation and/or progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and periodontal disease (PD).
Primosch and Wallet will be invited to a UF President’s Reception in spring 2015 where they will be recognized along with Teachers of the Year from across the UF campus. They will also receive a $2,000 award and a plaque.