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IU Dental Professor Christianne Guba Is Appointed Dental School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

 Christianne J. Guba
Christianne J. Guba

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July 6, 2011

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Longtime Indiana University School of Dentistry faculty member Christianne J. Guba, D.D.S., M.S.D., has been named to a newly established leadership position that will for the first time bring all of the school’s academic programs under the administration of one office.

John N. Williams Jr., D.M.D., IU dean of dentistry, announced the appointment of Dr. Guba as associate dean for Academic Affairs, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University.

Dr. Guba is an associate professor of restorative dentistry, and has served in recent years as the school’s patient privacy (HIPAA) officer and as director of Clinical Assessment and Quality Assurance for the Office of Clinical Affairs. Over the summer she will transition into her new role as her substantial current duties are reassigned.

As associate dean for Academic Affairs she will oversee and administer academic policies for the School of Dentistry and conduct regular assessments of all academic programs to assure desired outcomes. She will lead efforts on an ongoing basis to review and assess the school’s curricula and work with the faculty to build and maintain programs that are in sync with one another, that continue to meet the high standards of the school, and that keep pace with the ever-changing fields of oral health and dental science.

The position replaces the former associate deanship for Dental Education, which primarily managed the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree program.

In addition to the four-year DDS program, which has an enrollment of about 400 students annually, the dental school offers degrees and certificates in dental assisting, dental hygiene, public health dental hygiene, and 13 advanced degree and hospital residency programs. The school has a total student enrollment of nearly 700 students.

“Dr. Guba is an ideal candidate for this new position on the dental school’s administrative team,” said Dean Williams. “She has acquired wide-ranging experiences in a variety of positions here and has built an impressive record of accomplishments as an educator, scholar, and administrator.”

One of her first major projects will commence immediately. “Dr. Guba will lead the preparation and self-study process in anticipation of the school’s September 2013 site visit from representatives of the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation,” said Dean Williams. “She has gained extensive knowledge of this process from her involvement in several of the school’s previous accreditation site visits and in her work in the 1990s as a consultant to the ADA accreditation commission.”

Dr. Guba’s various roles on the dental faculty over the years have exposed her to a variety of methods of teaching. After graduating from IU’s dental program in 1980, she served as dental director of People’s Community Health Center in Indianapolis while also teaching part time for the dental school in an extramural environment and as a clinical instructor in the former TEAM clinic, which was an experimental clinic designed to mirror the private practice experience.

She joined the full-time faculty in 1987 and two years later was appointed director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), a program she developed and implemented for new dental graduates. AEGD became the predecessor to the school’s current General Practice Residency. In the 1990s she directed one of the school’s Comprehensive Care Clinics and served as director of educational assessment for the Department of Restorative Dentistry. She has also trained faculty as tutors and served as a facilitator for the problem-based learning component of the DDS educational program.

Dr. Guba represented the IU School of Dentistry on an interdisciplinary IU medical center team that developed ideas for a clinical skills teaching center. This concept was moved forward and brought to fruition by IU Health and the IU medical and nursing schools as The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall, which opened its doors in 2009.

In her work as director of Clinical Assessment and Quality Assurance, she has led IU School of Dentistry faculty initiatives to develop, pilot, and institute competency assessments, which most recently included the development of competencies for Dental Emergencies and Patients with Special Needs. Currently she is collaborating with the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry in conceptualizing the development of a comprehensive electronic patient database with the goal of using it to enhance patient care and enable the school to conduct research related to patient outcomes in support of evidence-based dentistry.