Welcome to the Faculty Resources webpage. This site serves as a one-stop shop for dental faculty, offering a comprehensive list of resources on a wide range of topics.
For programs offered by the school that provide CDE credits, participants need to register here prior to the start of the program. If you would like to recommend other programs, please submit your recommendation using the form below
- New Faculty Orientation: A presentation is given to new faculty that covers a wide range of information: administration, absences, clinical protocols. A new faculty information folder is shared via the Pacmanual Guidebook. They are given a tour and introduced to the faculty they will work with. A mentor is assigned for shadowing. They also receive their ID badges and set up their email etc.
- Cross Training: Held every quarter. Each week has a topic or subject and the presentation or hands-on events occurs each day of the week in an effort to reach all faculty. Week 3 of each quarter is faculty orientation week and week 10 is Grading week. These are not included in faculty crosstraining. Schedules are emailed to your Pacific email address and posted in 4F area.
- Dean's Speakers Series: The purpose of the Dean's Speaker Series is to increase the knowledge, skills, behavior and attitudes of our faculty, staff, students and alumni as it relates to an understanding of what is happening more broadly in health care, oral health care and education.
- Faculty Development Day: Faculty Development Day is a regularly scheduled quarterly event dedicated to the development of the dental faculty in areas of biomedical, research, clinical, trends in the industry as well as critical thinking. It occurs on Tuesday of final examination week.
- Biomedical Science Seminars: The seminars cover a wide range of topics in basic science and their application in dentistry. Scheduled are emailed to your Pacific address.
- Peer observation of teaching (POT): POT focuses on the strengths of the faculty member being observed, as well as on those areas that could be enhanced. The goal of POT is to provide peer feedback to enhance teaching. Click here to learn more about this program.
- Annual Teaching Showcase: This program provides a low-risk platform for faculty to demonstrate innovative instructional practices and exchange ideas with colleagues. The aim is to create a cross-disciplinary faculty teaching community for collegial support in the implementation of effective instructional strategies.
- Foundational Educational Design Principles: This short course, formerly the Course Director Orientation (CDO), aims to improve faculty's foundational knowledge in evidence-based teaching and learning design principles.
- Teaching and Learning Seminar Series: This program consists of a series of one hour seminars offered during lunch time. The focus is on active learning and emergent pedagogies associated with emerging technologies. Schedules are emailed to your Pacific email address.
- Other professional development offerings: Please watch out for email announcements.
Dentistry and science
- American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR)
- International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
- American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
- American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
- American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
- Biophysical Society
- Experimental Biology
- AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference
- Educause Annual Conference
- ELI (Educause Learning Initiative) Annual Meeting
- OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Innovate conference
- OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Accelerate conference
Seminars, webinars, and workshops
Teaching Resources (General)
These resources were developed in-house at the Dugoni School to help faculty with course planning and design.
- Course director 101 (video): This 5-minute animated video provides a brief overview of the course planning process. While the video will be most helpful for new course directors, more experienced course directors can also use it as a refresher.
- Introducing your course to students on Day 1 (video): Check out this video to see how our own Dr. Gitta Radjaeipour introduced her preclinical course to new D1 students on the first day of class. Dr. Radjaeipour's course introduction was clear, transparent, and tied nicely to comprehensive patient care.
- Dugoni School Canvas template: The template specifies the minimum tools that need to be activated on a Canvas site. It was approved by the dental school's Curriculum Committee. Generic templates for module organization are also provided. Click the link to self enroll on the Canvas template site (Pacific credentials required)
- Dugoni School Syllabus template: The updated template specifies the major sections and information that should be included in a course syllabus, including information for online learning.
- Canvas site and syllabus review rubric (Word): This rubric is for department chair or vice chair use in reviewing Canvas sites and syllabi. All Canvas sites and syllabi need to be reviewed and approved by the department chair before publishing.
- Writing SMART learning objectives (University of Arizona)
- Bloom's taxonomy (Vanderbilt University)
- Bloom's taxonomy action verbs (University of Arkansas)
Alignment in Teaching
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL):The UDL framework guides you to design your instruction and assessment to meet the diverse needs of your students and helps you create a more inclusive learning environment.
Copyright and Fair Use
- Copyright basics: A guide on copyright and fair use for Pacific faculty developed by Pacific librarians.
- Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a non-profit organization which has developed and provided a set of public copyright licenses for authors to use when sharing their work with others.
Other planning resources
- ExamSoft advanced features (Slides; Pacific Dugoni)
- ExamSoft question tagging guidelines (PDF; Pacific Dugoni)
- Item analysis (PDF; Pacific Dugoni)
- How to run a Summary report (website)
- How to release the Strengths and Opportunities report to students (website)
- How to tag questions to categories (PDF; Pacific Dugoni)
- How to run a longitudinal analysis report (website)
- Classroom assessment techniques (CATS) (George Washington University)
- Classroom assessment techniques (Vanderbilt University)
- Concept maps (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Digital timelines (Vanderbilt University)
- Assessing group work (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Designing and using rubrics (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Guidelines for writing multiple choice questions (PDF; Pacific Dugoni)
- Guidelines for writing case-based MCQs (Video; University of Utah Dr. David Morton; NEW)
- Writing good multiple choice questions (Vanderbilt University)
- National Board
- INBDE: Clinical and Foundational content areas (PDF)
- INBDE: Comparison of old and new foundational content areas (PDF)
- INBDE: Sample questions (patient boxes)
- INBDE question creation guide (Word; Pacific Dugoni Dr. Terry Hover)
- NBDHE case development guide
- Kirkpatrick's model: one of the best known models to guide the evaluation of educational program outcomes.
Below is a list of available and/or recommended learning tools. Contact Meixun Sinky Zheng, PhD, Office of Academic Affairs, for consultation.
(Note: * indicates that the Dugoni School has a license. Also be aware that some links are only available to the University of the Pacific community.)
- Mediasite *: the school's lecture capture system.
- ExamSoft*: the school's computer-based classroom testing system.
- Canvas*: the university's learning management system.
- Zoom*: the university's virtual meeting system.
- Poll Everywhere*: an audience response system that allows instructors to collect student responses instantly from any mobile device.
- Osmosis*: a subscription-based platform that features animated videos and other resources on basic sciences, medical and dental topics.
- Click here for videos that Dugoni faculty co-developed with Osmosis.
- Voicethread*: a web-based tool that allows instructors to create interactive presentations and invite students to watch and make comments directly on the slides.
- SoftChalk*: a cloud-based e-learning design tool that allows instructors to create interactive lessons that integrate a variety of learning activities.
- Thinglink*: an authoring tool for creating immersive learning experiences with interactive media.
- Nearpod *: an all-in-one platform that allows instructors to deliver interactive presentations, incorporate multiple types of activities and assessment, and monitor student progress with real-time data.
- Screencast-O-Matic: an easy-to-use screen capture tool to make video tutorials with (or without) a talking head.
- Videoscribe: an easy-to-use tool to create various types of animated videos.
- Powtoon: an easy-to-use tool to create various types of animated videos.
- Doodly: an easy-to-use tool to create whiteboard animations.
- EdPuzzle: allows instructors to turn video watching into an active learning experience by adding time-stamped quiz questions into the video.
- Jeopardylabs: a web-based tool to create jeopardy-style learning games.
- Mindmeister: a web-based tool for students to create concept maps.
- Interactive Digital timelines: Check out the Quality Matters (QM) website for some of the most popular tools that students can use to create interactive timelines.
- Quizlet: a tool for creating flash cards. Students can study the cards in different ways, including gameplay and competition.
- Kahoot!: a free tool for mobile polling and learning games.
- Padlet: a free web-based interactive whiteboard. It is a great tool for quick reflective writing, brainstorming, and collecting student feedback.
- Miro: A free virtual whiteboard for discussion, collaboration, and more.
- Mural: A free virtual whiteboard for discussion, collaboration, and more.
- Weebly: a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder. It can be used for students to create e-portfolio sites. Faculty can also use it to create e-dossier sites.
The CUBE, a technology-rich collaborative space in the university library, works with faculty, staff, and students to develop digital tools for teaching, learning, and research (e.g., 3D printing, AR, VR, drones, multimedia production). Contact: email@example.com
- ADEA teaching resources: resources on teaching, learning, assessment, competency-based education, and more. It includes MedEdPORTAL, a peer-reviewed publication with downloadable multimedia resources.
- ADEA eLearn: Live and on-demand learning resources on a variety of important topics impacting dental education.
- Educause: a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing higher education through technology integration.
- Chronicle of Higher Education: a leader in higher education journalism that provides news, advice, and insights to succeed in a rapidly changing educational landscape.
- Online Learning Consortium (OLC): a leading organization dedicated to the advancement of digital and online learning.
- Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR): an inter-disciplinary network of international researchers who are exploring the impact of analytics on teaching and learning. SoLAR hosts the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK), publishes Journal of Learning Analytics, and launches multiple initiatives to support learning analytics research and publications.
Helix Curriculum Innovation Award Winners
The Helix Curriculum Innovation Award is intended to recognize and reward those members of the dental faculty who experiment with instructional innovation to help define new standards for dental education. Below are the award recipients in the past years.
Dr. Bina Surti: Creating interactive and immersive multimedia learning materials with ThingLink
Dr. Jesse Manton: A simulated curriculum for dental emergency training
Dr. Debra Woo: A flipped approach to Emergency Rotation faculty calibration and student learning
Drs. Shika Gupta and Christine Miller: Redesign of the PacManual
Dr. Leticia Ferreira: Designing interactive case-based online lessons in pathology with SoftChalk
Dr. Pat King: Using standardized patients (SP) to teach communication skills to IDS students
Drs. Der Thor and Nan Tori Xiao: A student-centered approach to online group presentations and discussions
Dr. Darren Cox: The inter-professional Education program (IPE) between dental and pharmacy schools
Dr. Jessie Vallee: Designing an integrated IPT curriculum
Dr. Natasha Lee: Using computer simulations to teach dental practice management
Dr. Ove Peters: Endodontics interactive iBook
Teaching Resources (Teaching Strategies)
Below are practical tips, best practices, and sample lessons organized by teaching strategies.
- Online course/module self-evaluation checklist (Dugoni School)
- The checklist was adapted from the Quality Matters (QM) online course self-review rubric, which has been widely adopted as the national standards in online learning.
- Best practices in online learning design (Dugoni School)
- Best practices in online discussions design (Dugoni School)
- Online course self-evaluation form (University of Michigan)
- How to be a better online instructor? Advice Guide (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Blended and online learning (Vanderbilt University)
- Blended learning tool kit (University of Central Florida)
- ADA compliance for online courses
- SoftChalk online lessons (Dugoni School)
- Effective educational video design (Vanderbilt University)
- Osmosis-style animated videos: Playlist (Co-developed by Dugoni faculty and Osmosis)
Examples of multimedia materials developed by the Dugoni School's media design team
- "3-2-1" quick reflection The "3-2-1" strategy can be easily implemented in any learning setting to promote reflective learning. You can also use it to help students engage with the text and improve their comprehension of assigned texts/videos. This is a good starting point.
- Reflection Toolkit (University of Edinburgh).
- Teaching and scaffolding critical reflection (Slides; Dugoni School)
Gameplay is a great way to engage this generation of students. Below are a few free web tools to create game-based learning.
- Jeopardylabs Web-based jeopardy game that doesn't need a PowerPoint slide template. It has free and paid versions.
- Hot Potato Create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, crossword, matching/ordering and flll in the gap activities. It is free.
- Quizlet Search for and create your own flash cards and games. It is free.
Educational assessment data and support that you can request for teaching, research, and administrative purposes.
Below are examples of educational assessment data maintained by Office of Academic Affairs that you can request for teaching, scholarship, and administrative purposes. There may be other data that you don't see here. Please do not hesitate to reach out - we might be able to work with you to access it.
From idea generation to data acquisition, data analysis (including statistics), visualization, and reporting, we provide support to help you translate data insights into actions. (Contact: Dr. Meixun Sinky Zheng: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Curriculum mapping reports
- Student Rating of Instruction (SRI) (Note: individual faculty keeps their own reports)
- Peer Observation of Teaching (Note: individual faculty keeps their own reports)
- ExamSoft longitudinal reports
- Course grades (and distribution)
- ADA Survey of Dental School Seniors
- Integrated National Board Dental Exam (INBDE)
- WREB/ADEX (Dr. Des Gallagher: email@example.com)
- Competency assessment (Dr. Des Gallagher: firstname.lastname@example.org; Outcomes Team)
- Alumni survey: perceived preparedness in essential competency areas (Outcomes Team)
Many of the learning technology platforms we use provide program, course, and student level usage data.
Other institutional outcomes
Research & Scholarship
Dental and Medical Education Journals
- Journal of Dental Education
- European Journal of Dental Education
- Advances in Health Sciences Education
- Teaching and Learning in Medicine
- The Clinical Teacher
- Medical Education
- Medical Education Online
- Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
- Medical Teacher
- Academic Medicine
Basic Science Education Journals
- American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
- Pharmacy education
- Advances in Physiology Education
- CBE Life Science Education
- Anatomical Sciences Education
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
- Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education
General Educational Research Journals
- Active Learning in Higher Education
- Innovative Higher Education
- New Directions for Teaching and Learning
- Professional Development in Education
- Online Learning Journal
- Teaching in higher education
- Assessment and evaluation in higher education
- Journal of Scholarship of teaching and learning
- Computers and Education (top ranked in ed tech)
- Internet and Higher Education (top ranked in ed tech)
The Pacific Journal of Health is a peer-reviewed journal published by the University of the Pacific. It publishes articles in all fields of health, including dentistry. The journal is open access (free for all readers). But unlike most open access journals, it is also free for all authors. Editor-in-chief: Dr. David Ojcius, Assistant Provost for Research (email@example.com).
Publish Open Access for Free
Pacific has access to agreements with Wiley, Springer Nature and ACS Publications to allow Pacific corresponding authors to publish Open Access in many of their journals for free. Visit the library's Research Support Guide to view the list of journals covered.
In an effort to ensure that all research posters produced at the Dugoni School have a standard, cohesive, branded look that identifies the work with the dental school, the Design and Photo Services Department has created two poster templates (one horizontal, one vertical) available for download (Login with Pacific credentials required):
A variety of grants to support faculty teaching, research, and professional development. (University network login required). Contact: Dr. David Ojcius (Assistant Provost for Research) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research pilot grants
The grants support all types of research, including basic science, dental/clinical, and educational research. (University network login required) Contact: Dr. Cassio Silva (Research Committee Chair) at email@example.com; or Harmony Matshik Dakafay (Research Committee Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Byron J. Thayer Fund
Funds may be used to support a variety of programs and projects for the School of Dentistry. Please contact Eve Cuny at email@example.com for more information.
For support in traslational and clinical research, contact the following individuals.
Dr. Tamer Alpagot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Translational Research
Dr. Alpagot graduated from Ege University School of Dentistry, Izmir-Turkey in 1983, and then completed a PhD program in Periodontics at Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey in 1986 followed by a completion of a PhD program in Oral Biology at the University of Minnesota in 1995. He joined University of the Pacific in 1996. Since then, he has been able to receive internal grants as well as three grants from NIDCR / NIH. He became the Director of Translational Research at Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2019. His research area focuses on the etiology of periodontal disease, identification of prognostic factors for chronic periodontitis, and development of treatment strategies.
Dr. Alpagot can provide the following services to faculty and students in the School of Dentistry:
- Facilitate clinical and translational research
- Guidance for preparation of grant applications and research proposals (internal and external funding opportunities)
- Training required to conduct clinical research
- Assistance collecting clinical samples for research
- Guidance for preparation of IRB applications
Dr. Karen Schulze (email@example.com)
Director of Clinical Research
Dr. Schulze graduated from a dental program (DDS) at Leipzig University/Germany in 1992 and finished a PhD Program in Oral Surgery at the same institution in 1998. She joined the University of Florida in 1998 for one year as Assistant Professor in Dental Biomaterials and transferred to UCSF Dental School in 1999 to start a Postdoc Program in Dental Biomaterials. She worked in several private practices and joined the faculty of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2005. She has served as Director of Clinical Research since 2016. Her research includes clinical applied projects in adhesive dentistry, dental materials, and CAD/CAM technologies.
Dr. Schulze can provide the following services to faculty and students in the School of Dentistry:
- Chair the Excellence Day Committee
- Handle clinical abstracts for Excellence Day
- Communicate with students and external partners for student prizes
- Advise clinical faculty on research / scholarship opportunities
- Advise part-time faculty on research / scholarship opportunities
This webpage has information on citation management (e.g., RefWorks), find and choose journals, avoid predatory journals, publish open access for free, and more.
How to Be a Good Scientific Manuscript Reviewer (ADEA eLearn webinar)
To access the presentation slides and recording, go to this link and log in.
IRB proposal submission: Submit all applications using the link. University network login required. Note: If you have not completed a prior IRB application with the Cayuse online system, please first fill out the Cayuse Access Request Form.
To see an example of a faculty dossier, contact Jen Ojeda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Dossier orientation slides (09.10.2023)
- Interfolio/Faculty 180 Guide
- CV creation and maintenance presentation
- Tenure and promotion criteria
- Length of service requirement calculator
- Mission-focused faculty evaluation (MFFE). Available by request from your department chair.
Dossier Mentors: For questions regarding how to create and maintain your dossier, your department chair is your primary support.
Dr. Bob Christoffersen (email@example.com) and Dr. Darren Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org) have also volunteered to offer additional support as needed. Both have served on the FAPTC and are knowledgeable about criteria and process.
Student rating of instruction
Peer observation of teaching
For questions, contact Dr. Meixun Sinky Zheng (email@example.com).
- Peer observation forms
- Calibrated peer observers: Professor Lory Laughter, Mustafa Radif, Drs. Homayon Asadi, Alan Gluskin, Terry Hoover, Gene LaBarre, Bill Lundergan, Bernadette Fa, David Ojcius, Mike Suh, Bina Surti, Parvati Iyer, Paul Subar, Rebecca Moazzez.
Promotion and tenure eligibility and review
Contact Dr. Cindy Lyon, Associate Dean for Oral Health Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.