The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry, an integral part of the University of Tennessee system, was founded in 1878. It is the oldest dental college in the South, and the third oldest public college of dentistry in the United States. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis, and, in addition to Dentistry, includes five other UT doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. The Dunn Dental Building on the UTHSC campus contains 96,500 net square feet, providing 322 patient treatment chair units, plus offices and support services. An addition to the building, the Delta Dental of Tennessee Building, will provide another 65,000 square feet of space and is scheduled for completion in early 2023. The mission of the College of Dentistry is to actively advance oral health through excellence in education, innovation in research, skilled clinical care and engagement in public service. The College currently graduates approximately 100 DDS and 30 Bachelor of Dental Hygiene students annually, plus students in post-doctoral programs. The College is actively engaged in efforts to expand its footprint across the state of Tennessee and increase its class size to better serve the oral health needs of all Tennesseans, including the underserved in predominantly rural areas of the state.
The Office of Faculty and Student Affairs at UTHSC CoD provides all non-academic administrative services to the school’s predoctoral and dental hygiene programs and is also responsible for the application processing of the school’s approximately 1,500 applicants annually for the predoctoral (DDS) program and another 100 applicants annually for the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene program. The office coordinates and is responsible for all activities related to recruitment, admission and orientation of students into these programs.
The Associate Dean is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing multiple events in the College of Dentistry including first year student orientation, white-coat ceremony and graduation. They work with Student and Faculty organizations within the College to promote, support and maintain a humanistic environment that fosters professionalism and mutual respect among the faculty, staff and students who make up the College of Dentistry community. The Associate Dean plays a direct role in attracting and selecting students to the College’s DDS and DH programs and supervises and coordinates all activities associated with the recruitment and admissions of students to those programs.