Dr. Leila Jahangiri, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, has been named the Dr. Ira E. Klein Professor of Prosthodontics.
Established in 1991, the professorship honors Dr. Klein, a distinguished member of the College of Dentistry prosthodontics faculty for over 50 years, who was instrumental in securing a major gift from Arnold and Marie Schwartz to establish the Schwartz Hall of Dental Sciences. The previous incumbents were Dr. Edward G. Kaufman, a renowned prosthodontist and former dean of the College of Dentistry, and Dr. Francis V. Panno, a former chair of the Department of Prosthodontics.
From the time Dr. Jahangiri joined the College of Dentistry, in 1995, following previous appointments at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, from which she graduated, and the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine), her penetrating intelligence, compelling teaching style, scholarly achievements, and leadership initiatives have brought her campus-wide recognition as a "go-to" person – a scientific and clinical expert, a consistently supportive, resourceful mentor, and an accessible, always welcoming colleague.
As chair of one of the College's largest departments, Dr. Jahangiri has played a key role in establishing NYU Dentistry's leadership and innovation in prosthodontic education. Indeed, it was during her chairmanship that the College introduced one of the nation's first implant dentistry programs for predoctoral students.
Dr. Jahangiri's teaching impact is felt equally at the postdoctoral level, where, under her tutelage, postdoctoral students in prosthodontics typically garner the majority of major awards at prestigious national competitions. Appropriately, her excellence as a teacher was recognized university-wide with her selection as a recipient of the prestigious NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes that, along with research, exceptional teaching, both within and outside the classroom, is among NYU's institutional priorities.
Adding further to her professional distinction, Dr. Jahangiri is a global leader in her field, having written several major textbooks, including (with Tom Mucciolo): A Guide to Better Teaching: Skills, Advice, and Evaluation for College and University Professors, and developed treatment techniques that others teach and adopt.
It is therefore especially meaningful and fitting to name Leila Jahangiri the Dr. Ira E. Klein Professor of Prosthodontics.
We congratulate Dr. Jahangiri on receiving this latest tribute to her contributions to the art and science of prosthodontics.