Deborah White, associate professor and director of education at the School of Dentistry at Birmingham, has been elected as the new chair of the British Dental Association’s Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff (CCDAS) for the 2012/14 triennium.
She was vice chair of CCDAS in the last triennium.
Deborah joined the University of Birmingham in 1993 as a part-time researcher and joined the staff full time in 1999.
She completed her PhD in 2000 and, as head of dental public health, has research interests in dental epidemiology and health services. She undertakes clinical teaching and clinical work in the salaried services in Birmingham.
Thanking CCDAS members for electing her to the office of chair, Professor White said: ‘It is a great honour to be elected chair of CCDAS.
‘As dental academics, we are acutely aware of the changes taking place in higher education and also in dentistry that will have an impact on the next generation of dentists.
‘Increased university fees, which are likely to have an effect on admissions, and the uncertainty surrounding the employment prospects for newly qualified dentists, are concerns for students and staff alike.
‘I am passionate about ensuring our dental students get the best possible undergraduate experience. I also hope that this may persuade some to consider academic dentistry as a career option.’
Deborah has been a BDA-accredited trade union representative, firstly for the salaried services and more recently for university staff.