Appointment of the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry


The start date of Dr. Mary MacDougall, the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, will be Monday, August 28, 2017.


The Provost, Dr. Angela Redish, is pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has accepted the President’s recommendation to appoint Dr. Mary MacDougall as the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry for a five-year term.

Dr. MacDougall is currently Professor of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she holds the James R. Rosen Chair of Dental Research. She is also Director of the Institute of Oral Health Research, and Director of the Dental Academic Research Training Program (DART) and the PreDART Program. She is the founding Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders.

Dr. Mary MacDougall

Dr. MacDougall received her B.A. (Biochemistry Major and Theatrical Design Minor) in 1978 from the University of California at San Diego, and her Ph.D. (Craniofacial Biology) in 1984 from the University of Southern California. She commenced her professional research and teaching career at the University of Southern California. She then held a number of leadership roles at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: Director of the Research Division of Pediatric Dentistry (1993-1998), Founding Director of the Craniofacial Oral-Biology Student Training in Academic Research Program (CO-STAR) and the Dental-Student Training in Academic Research Program (D-STAR) between 1998 and 2005, and Associate Dean for Research from 1999-2005; she also served for one year as Interim Chair of Pediatric Dentistry. Since 2005, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. MacDougall has founded a number of research training programs of which she continues to serve as Director. In addition, Dr. MacDougall is an internationally recognized scholar having published 18 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. She has served as President of the International Association for Dental Research, as well as President of the American Association of Dental Research. Within these leadership roles she has gained significant senior management experience as a member of the senior management teams at the Department, Faculty, and University levels, and in external global collaborations.

Dr. MacDougall brings a strong commitment to research, teaching and learning. She is passionate about mentorship for faculty, students, and staff. She has received a number of mentorship awards and honors, including the Distinguished Female Mentor (in 2017) from the International Association for Dental Research Women in Science Award, the Distinguished Mentor Award (in 2010) from the American Association for Dental Research. She is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Associate for Dental Research. She holds a record of success in fundraising and management of funds for partnership projects, infrastructure improvements, and research grants.

The Provost would like to thank faculty members, staff, students, and external stakeholders for participating in the search process and for providing valuable feedback to the Advisory Committee. She is grateful to the members of the President’s Advisory Committee for their commitment of extensive time and energy throughout the search.

The Provost wishes to express her gratitude to Dean Charles Shuler for his service to the University and Faculty during the past ten years.

The Provost is sure that the Faculty will build its strengths under Dr. MacDougall’s leadership. We hope you will join us in welcoming her to UBC.