Educator of the Year

Dr. Heather J. Conrad named Educator of the Year

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Dr. Heather J. Conrad was pre­sented with the American College of Prosthodontists’ Educator of the Year award by ACP President Dr. Frank Tuminelli, left, and last year's recipient, Dr. Hiro­shi Hirayama, at the college’s annual awards and president's dinner in Or­lando, Florida in October 2015. The award honours dental educators for out­standing contributions to the welfare and advancement of the college and the specialty of prosthodontics, over­all achievement to academic dentistry, and contributions to the sciences and health professions.

Dr. Conrad graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1997. She completed the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree at the University of Minnesota in 2006 and continued on to pursue an academic career. She has since completed the American and Canadian specialty examinations to become a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (FACP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCD(C)).

In 2012, Dr. Conrad was appointed the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Minnesota, her current position. Dr. Conrad was voted Professor of the Year by the dental students for three consecutive years from 2009-2011, has served on the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics and Prosthodontic Section of ADEA, and is currently serving on the administrative board of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Council for Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs. Dr. Conrad is asso­ciate professor and director, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota.