Dr. Jompobe “Joe” Vuthiganon, an Instructor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, has been named the 2013 ADEA/ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Junior Faculty Award recipient.

This national award recognizes junior faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service. Dr. Vuthiganon was acknowledged at the 2013 ADEA (American Dental Education Association) Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle Washington on March 19th, 2013. As part for the award, he was given a $2,500 stipend to cover travel expenses to the conference and to further his teaching, research, and service efforts.

Vuthiganon received his dental degree from MUSC in 2009 and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2010. Following residency, Vuthiganon came back to Charleston and joined the faculty full-time at MUSC.

In his personal statement to ADEA, Vuthiganon wrote, “I am proud to be a part of the faculty at my alma mater and to work alongside the instructors who taught me how to be a dentist. I have found my calling in dental academia where I can not only serve my patients, but also be part of the training of future dentists. I look forward to the future as I continue my career here at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.”

Through teaching the Dental Materials I course, as well as developing The Oral Rehabilitation Clinic Handbook™ (TORCH), Dr. “V” (as he’s known by the students) has made a positive impact since he started teaching at MUSC.

Katie Daniel, the third-year student who nominated him for the award, can attest to his impact. In her nomination letter to ADEA, she wrote, “Not only does Dr. V put together engaging lectures, he also makes MUSC a brighter place just with his presence. This can be an underrated quality . . . especially in the stressful world of dental school.”

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine congratulates Dr. Vuthiganon on this award and his continued dedication to the education of the future dentists of South Carolina.