The American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP) has presented Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, with the 2016 Claude Baker Faculty Award.
The Baker Award recognizes exceptional dental school junior faculty members in predoctoral fixed prosthodontics teaching. The award acknowledges excellence in teaching demonstrated by innovative teaching methods, student awards, and exceptional course material.
Dr. Afshari was nominated by Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Restorative Dentistry, and was chosen by an AAFP standing committee.
She attributed her being honored with the award to several reasons.
“Being fortunate to have myriad opportunities to teach multiple aspects of fixed prosthodontics within the school; all the support and encouragement I have received from my mentors and other faculty at UIC to excel at whatever I do; and the inspiration and drive I get from the students to improve myself and my teaching style with every passing semester,” Dr. Afshari said.
Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry, received the award in 2012. Dr. Afshari noted that Dr. Yuan “has served as an outstanding mentor and role model to me and other junior faculty at the school. Without her and Dr. Campbell’s support and mentorship, I would not have received this award.”