Academy of Distinguished Educators

2021 Academy of Distinguished Educators Inducts New Members and Fellows

Three new members, three fellows, and two honorary fellows were inducted into the NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators on Friday, September 24, 2021. NYU Provost Katherine Fleming delivered keynote remarks at the event, which was held in Septodont Auditorium and was also accessible via Zoom.


This year's inductees are Dr. Paul R. Baker, clinical assistant professor of oral & maxillofacial surgery; Joshua H. Johnson, MSc, adjunct assistant professor of molecular pathobiology; and Dr. Alexander J. Schloss, adjunct clinical associate professor of periodontology & implant dentistry.

Fellow Inductees

This year's fellows inductees are Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS, adjunct clinical associate professor of dental hygiene & dental assisting; Dr. Angela De Bartolo, clinical associate professor of cariology & comprehensive care; and Dr. Elisabeth K.N. Lopez, clinical associate professor of molecular pathobiology.

Honorary Fellow Inductees

Honorary fellow inductees this year are Dr. Edmund Khoo, adjunct associate professor of orthodontics & oral facial genetics at Indiana University School of Dentistry; and Dr. Andrea S. Schreiber, vice dean for academic affairs and clinical professor of oral & maxillofacial surgery.

Award Recipients

Dr. Young Kwang Kim, clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics received the Rising Faculty Award, and Lillian Moran, MSc, senior educational technologist and adjunct instructor of molecular pathobiology received the Recognition of Educational Contribution Award.


The mission of the NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators is to enhance overall teaching at the NYU College of Dentistry and to stimulate excitement among teachers around their intellectual content.

About the Academy

The NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators is an expression of the College's commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. Central to the vision of the Academy is the idea that teaching and learning is fundamental to the core mission of the College and faculty members should be valued for their contributions in this area.

The goals of the Academy are to:

  • Advance the art and science of teaching and learning at the College
  • Stimulate interest in teaching practice, change, innovation, and scholarship
  • Network and collaborate with educators within and beyond the College to share best practices

To achieve these goals, the Academy will:

  • Provide mentorship and support to other faculty members
  • Function as a think-tank, exploring issues pertaining to teaching and learning
  • Encourage teaching excellence by inviting experts to share their perspectives
  • Develop venues so that faculty members can present new ideas, methods, and research
  • Encourage and fund projects that advance the teaching mission of the College

Academy Chair: Andrew Schenkel

Executive Committee members: Elisabeth Lopez (Immediate past chair), Angela De Bartolo, Michael Ferguson, Marci Levine, Silvia Spivakovsky, Analia Veitz-Keenan

Charles Bertolami on the establishment of the NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators