Dental school emeritus professor honored with Outstanding Educator Award

siusdmawardSouthern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Section of Periodontics Emeritus Professor Neal Roller, DDS, MS, has been honored with the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.

The award is presented at each dental academic institution to a periodontal educator who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of periodontics and relays that enthusiasm to students.

SIU SDM administrators, faculty, periodontics residents and staff gathered for a reception and breakfast on Thursday, May 4, to present the award to Roller. The Section of Periodontics organized the event.

“Dr. Roller has been an incredibly active faculty member in periodontics at the SIU SDM for more than 40 years,” said Nathalia Garcia, DDS, MS, assistant professor and section head of periodontology at the SIU SDM. “He has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the school, always looking for excellence in providing education in the full scope of periodontics.

“Dr. Roller is constantly attempting strategies to improve and innovate his teaching practice in accordance with new challenges in dental education. He conveys enthusiasm to students and is a highly respected faculty member who has been an inspiration for generations of dentists.”

Photo from left: Dr. Doug Miley, director of Graduate Periodontics at the SIU SDM, Dr. Neal Roller, Dr. Nathalia Garcia, and SIU SDM Dean Dr. Bruce Rotter.

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