IDA Honors Outstanding IUSD Faculty

IDA Honors Outstanding IUSD Faculty

2020 IDA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award-Dr. Michele Kirkup

This year’s IDA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awardee is Dr. Michele Kirkup. Dr. Kirkup obtained her B.S. degree from Indiana University in 2002 and a DDS degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2006.  She joined IUSD as a visiting clinical faculty member in 2008 and began her current appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Restorative Department in 2009 and transitioned into the Department of Prosthodontics in 2015. In early 2020, she was appointed as the Director of the Pre-doctoral Prosthodontics Program at IUSD.

Her teaching focus is in fixed prosthodontics. For over ten years, she has assumed the role as the course director for the DDS Fixed Prosthodontics lecture and laboratory courses. Many of her research projects are associated with the assessment of students and integrating new technology into the dental curriculum. She was an integral part in developing the current prosthodontic curriculum and the portfolio assessment system for the DDS program. She is one of the primary faculty members who teaches CAD/CAM dentistry within the preclinical courses and helps students with clinical patient treatments. As a co-director, she helps enhance student’s CAD/CAM knowledge through a flipped classroom elective course.

She serves on several committees within the school and is active within the local, state, regional, and national dental organizations. She is the Chair of the ADEA Section on Comprehensive Care and General Dentistry and serves as the Great Lakes Regional Director of the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators.

IDA Outstanding Faculty-Dr. Armando Soto

The 2020 Awardee for the IDA Outstanding Faculty is Dr. Armando Soto. Dr. Soto received his bachelor’s dental degree from the Universidad Intercontinental Mexico City and his master’s in Dental Public Health from King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry In London. He joined IUSD in 2003 after having served as the Preventive Dentistry Assistant Coordinator at the Universidad Intercontinental Mexico City. In 2006, he received the Boyer Scholars Program award from the IUPUI Center for Service Learning and in 1998 he received the Special National Award in Dental Research from Glaxo-Wellcome.

Dr. Soto serves on a wide variety of campus and school committees, particularly the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Admissions Committee. He is chair of the Community Scholarship Committee and has mentored multiple students over the course of his career and has numerous published articles and abstracts to his credit. He is currently serving as the Director of SEAL Indiana and Director of the Office of Civic Engagement at the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Armando Soto has obviously been an extremely active and engaged faculty member at IUSD. He is well liked by both students and colleagues and his opinion is highly valued.

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