Appointments and awards


DeDe Gardner

Donna (De De) Gardner, M.S.H.P., RRT, FAARC, FACCP, has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Health Sciences for the School of Health Professions. Gardner has served as the chair of the Department of Respiratory Care and interim chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She is an associate professor and the Steven Lloyd Barshop Endowed Professor in Respiratory Care.

Kathleen Stevens, Ed.D.

Kathleen Stevens, Ed.D., RN, was elected to serve on the Association for Clinical and Translational Science board of directors and is the first nurse ever nominated.


Michael Geelhoed

Michael A. Geelhoed, D.P.T., PT, OCS, MTC, associate professor and director of clinical education for the Department of Physical Therapy, was elected to the National Consortium of Clinical Educators’ board of directors as academic director-at-large.

Robert Taft

Robert M. Taft, D.D.S., FACP, was named chair of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry. He is president of the American Board of Prosthodontics and vice president of the American College of Prosthodontists.


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