Dr. William Davenport Named Interim Dean
Dr. William “Bill” Davenport accepted the role of interim dean for the School of Dental Medicine, stepping in for outgoing Dean Karen West, who joined the American Dental Education Association.
Dr. Davenport, who started the interim role July 1, joined the school as part of the inaugural faculty during 2002 and has served as associate dean for Academic Affairs since 2012 and as executive associate dean since 2017.
“It has been an amazing and sometimes challenging opportunity to see a dental school develop from the ground up over the past 17 years,” Dr. Davenport said. “We have come a long way from those temporary quarters in the motor pool building. UNLV School of Dental Medicine has become a nationally and internationally recognized dental school thanks to our dedicated administration, faculty, staff, and students. We are proud to serve the people of Nevada. Our graduates will be a living legacy for UNLV for generations to come.”
Dr. Davenport is currently the course director for development and structure of oral tissues, and gives lectures in operative dentistry, implant dentistry, and orthodontics.
Dr. Davenport earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, and his Ph.D. from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University), Augusta, GA. His research interests currently focus on educational methodology and assessment.
Dr. Davenport is an active member of the American Dental Education Association; the American Association of Anatomists; the American Association of Clinical Anatomists; Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society; Sigma Xi; Association of Fraternity Advisors; and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. He served for four years on the Board of Directors of the Council of Sections of the American Dental Education Association, and was on the National Board of Directors and a Past Grand President for Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
He has served as a test constructor for the Joint Commission on National Dental Exams, and is an accreditation site visitor consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation for biomedical sciences and research.
He is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health; Journal of Dental Research and Applications; International Journal of Clinical Care; and Oral Health and Dentistry. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education and The Journal of Clinical Anatomy.
Dr. Davenport has received Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Dental Alumni Association, and Outstanding Basic Science Teacher Award and Didactic Instructor of the Year Award from the dental classes at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He recently received the Chair of the Board Citation Award from the American Dental Education Association. He also received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the Department of the History of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Gies/AADS (now ADEA) Fellowship.