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Aug. 21, 2008

Finkelstein named associate dean in UI College of Dentistry

Michael Finkelstein, D.D.S., professor in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, has been appointed the college's associate dean for education, effective Sept. 1.

Finkelstein succeeds Yvonne Chalkley, D.D.S., Ph.D., who has served as associate dean since 1986. Chalkley will continue to work part-time during the transition.

"Professor Finkelstein is well known within the College, university, and in national dental education circles," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the UI College of Dentistry. "He has had numerous teaching awards both at the college and university levels. During the search process, full support came from faculty, staff and students."

Johnsen also acknowledged Chalkley's distinguished career and experience. "The College of Dentistry is indebted to Dr. Chalkley for her years of service. In many ways, the strength of our dental education programs is a reflection of her expertise and commitment."

Finkelstein received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1972 and a doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Iowa in 1976. He also earned a master's degree in oral pathology from the University of Iowa in 1982. Finkelstein joined the College of Dentistry faculty in 1983. He also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

In addition to earning more than 20 "Instructor of the Year" awards and two Collegiate Teaching Awards from the College of Dentistry, Finkelstein has received the President's Award from the Iowa Dental Association (2006); the James H. McLeran Faculty Award (2005); the UI Dental Alumni Association Dental Educator of the Year Award (2005); and the UI President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence (2004).

Finkelstein was named the College of Dentistry's Centennial Endowed Professor of Teaching and Curriculum in 2000.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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