The award recognizes and promotes excellence in the pursuit of teaching clinical dentistry by early-career faculty, and was recently established by the AOD and is supported by the AOD’s Founders Fund. This biennial faculty award aims to encourage, stimulate and support early-career faculty clinicians in their chosen professional path and highlight their activities.
Delgado is a clinical assistant professor and the interim director of operative dentistry in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences. He joined the college in June 2014 as a clinical assistant professor in the operative division of the UF department of restorative dental sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colegio Champagnat, Caracas, Venezuela, in 1996 and his dental degree in 2001 from Universidad Santa María, also in Caracas. In May 2014, he earned a certificate in operative dentistry from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He teaches didactic, preclinical and clinical fundamentals in restorative dentistry, and also practices in the college’s faculty practice and serves as the faculty advisor for the DMD class of 2018. In 2016, DMD students selected him as the 2015-16 Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year.
The formal presentation of the inaugural RSFA award will be during the next AOD Annual Meeting in February 2019. The award comes with a $4,000 gift for the purpose of augmenting and fostering the recipient’s scholarship and faculty career. In addition, the award includes a commemorative desktop statue, recognition in the annual meeting program, complimentary meeting registration and funds for meeting travel expenses. During the meeting, Delgado will present a Table Clinic to showcase his clinical or educational activities.