The Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry has named Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, PhD, its new dean, effective July 1, 2019, and subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees. She will be the tenth dean and the first woman to hold the position in the school’s 140-year history, succeeding John N. Williams Jr, DMD, who will step down on June 30, 2019.
“We are delighted to welcome Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch to the leadership team and specifically to our School of Dentistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI),” said IUPUI chancellor Nasser H. Paydar. “Dr. Murdoch-Kinch brings world-class experience and dedication to preparing the next generation of dental professionals in Indiana.”
Murdoch-Kinch previously served as associate dean for academic affairs and Dr. Walter H. Swartz Professor of Integrated Special Care Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She also served as a clinical professor in the school’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry.
Murdoch-Kinch’s work in Michigan included multidisciplinary clinical research in oncology; a hospital-based oral medicine referral practice where dental and medical residents cotreated patients with oral manifestations of skin diseases; and educational research on curriculum, dental school climate, and engaged learning.
Also, Murdoch-Kinch received a clinical certificate in dental diagnostic sciences from the IU School of Dentistry in 1991 and a PhD from the school in 1996. Her dissertation involved clinical research on gene expression of Crouzon syndrome in families.
As Indiana’s only dental school, the IU School of Dentistry says it is dedicated to offering a learning environment that brings together teaching, research, and community service in preparing the finest dental professionals, a mission in which Murdoch-Kinch believes.
“As a proud alumna of IU, I am eager to serve the School of Dentistry, the university, the state of Indiana, and the dental profession in this new role. The school’s mission and core values resonate deeply with my own in the education of the finest dental professionals, the promotion of groundbreaking research, and the cultivation of innovative practices to advance oral health and overall health,” Murdoch-Kinch said.
Murdoch-Kinch also attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and received a DDS degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.