Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD, serves as the Director of Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and is an instructor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Dental Public Health. She earned her PhD in German at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a focus on education and teacher training. She has developed courses in the methodology of teaching, conducted teacher training, and provided services and resources promoting faculty development.
Within the School of Dental Medicine, her responsibilities include designing and implementing faculty development and mentoring programs, offering workshops and courses to faculty in pedagogy and clinical teaching, providing orientation for new faculty, offering instructional design consultation for faculty, creating monthly teaching tip podcasts, as well as creating and editing the Faculty Affairs Newsletter. Presently, she serves as course director of the first year theme course series in the pre-doctoral dental program and offers elective courses in teaching methods, clinical teaching, and dental education. In addition, she serves as chair of the Dental School’s Faculty Development Committee and was recently elected as the chair of the University Senate’s Educational Policies Committee. At the national level, she is actively engaged in the ADEA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group; she was recently elected as secretary.
In her most recent endeavor, Dr. Horvath is spearheading initiatives to identify and train students as future faculty. In addition to the selective courses, she serves as the Director of the Academic Career Track Area of Concentration (ACT ARCO), a two year program in the pre-doctoral curriculum and offers biannual informal lunch hour discussion sessions to students on the topic of academic dentistry. She is currently collaborating with other dental schools to take this initiative to the national level.