Leadership

Guthmiller.jpgJanet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD, Dean of the UNMC College of Dentistry

Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD, became the dean of the UNMC College of Dentistry on Sept. 1, 2014. She is the first woman to serve as dean of the college.

Dean Guthmiller is an accomplished researcher, author, teacher and spent 14 years as a practicing periodontist. She has special interests in genetic studies of periodontal bacteria and the expression and activity of innate antimicrobial peptides. As an educator, she has a passion for mentorship programs for students and faculty. She is the author of several publications and the recipient of many grants from organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. 

Dean Guthmiller is a nationally-recognized leader in dental education. She currently serves as the president of the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national organization that promotes academic excellence and professionalism among dental students and educators. She also serves on the American Dental Education Association Council of Deans, a national organization that studies current issues facing dental students and determines possible solutions.

Dean Guthmiller is committed to the UNMC College of Dentistry’s tripartite mission of education, research and service. Following are some of the initiatives she has lead to advance the mission of the college:

Before coming to UNMC, Dean Guthmiller held the positions of associate dean of academic affairs and professor in the department of periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and was a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. 

Associate and Assistant Deans

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Steven Haas
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Yun Saksena
Associate Dean for Education
Jodi Isom
Interim Associate Dean for Finance and Administration 

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James K. Wahl
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Amir Farhangpour
Assistant Dean for Omaha Clinics
Merlyn W. Vogt
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions