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Stephen H. Leeper Award


The Omicron Kappa Upsilon – Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes dental educators who have displayed exemplary standards in dental pedagogy and who have demonstrated vision and contributed significantly to the advancement of dental education.  This award honors individuals who have implemented innovative techniques or exhibited consistent excellence in dental education and who have established original and creative methods of educating and engrossing students, faculty and administrators.  The Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence acknowledges dental educators, thus challenging others to strive for excellence and innovation in dental education.

The Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon established the Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence at its annual business meeting in Orlando, FL on March 18, 1997 to honor a man who served the Supreme Chapter from 1969 to 1996.  Dr. Stephen H. Leeper began his career in dental education in 1967 teaching removable prosthodontics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and retired after serving as dean of UNMC College of Dentistry from 1989-2000. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, an honorary member of the American College of Prosthodontists and a member of the Nebraska Dental Association’s Hall of Fame.



Eligible applicants who are full-time dental educators at American Dental Association's CODA accredited institutions. Applicants are to be OKU members with at least seven years of teaching experience.

  • Letters of solicitation will be distributed to deans of all dental schools approved by the ADA's Commission of Dental Accreditation.
  • Each school will develop its own nominating process. A nominee must be approved by both the dean of the dental school and the president of the school’s OKU chapter.
  • A letter of recommendation and support from the dean and component chapter president should include:
    1. Specific activities that the nominee has implemented that demonstrate innovation in teaching,
    2. how this teaching has impacted dental education at their institution,
    3. contributions made to the dental education community through presentations, exhibits, and publications demonstrating teaching/curricula innovations, and
    4. a list of accomplishments detailing the significance of the contributions.
  • A two (2) page curriculum vitae.

Applications will be forwarded to the selection committee by December 1 of the year prior to that particular OKU Supreme Chapter Annual Business Meeting.

The selection committee for the award will be comprised of the Vice President of the Supreme Chapter of OKU (chair) and the 3 most recent past recipients of the Stephen H. Leeper Award.

The selection committee will make its decision by January 1 of the year of that OKU Supreme Chapter Annual Business Meeting.

The award will be presented at the OKU Annual Business Meeting. The recipient will receive a certificate of award and other expressions of recognition. In addition travel arrangements to the annual meeting of the Supreme Chapter for the recipient of this award shall include round trip economy class airfare and one (1) night hotel stay at ADEA convention rates.

Past Recipients

1998: Dr. Paul Desjardins - (Omega Omega Chapter-University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey)
1999: Dr. Frank Dowd - (Epsilon Chapter-Creighton University)
2000: Dr. Herbert Schillingburg Jr. - (Omicron Pi Chapter-University of Oklahoma)
2001: Dr. Stuart C. White - (Epsilon Zeta Chapter-University of California-Los Angeles)
2002: Dr. Karen Crews - (Rho Sigma Chapter-University of Mississippi)
2003: Dr. Thomas D. Marshall - (Mu Nu Chapter-University of Texas at San Antonio)
2004: Dr. Kenneth I. Knowles - (Epsilon Chapter-Creighton University)
2005: Dr. Martin F. Land - (Nu Xi Chapter-Southern Illinois University)
2006: Dr. Michael Glick - (Omega Omega Chapter-University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey)
2007: Dr. Donald E. Willmann - (Mu Nu Chapter-University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio)
2008: Dr. Stanton Harn - (Alpha Alpha Chapter-University of Nebraska College of Dentistry)
2009: Dr. Aldridge D. Wilder Jr. - (Upsilon Upsilon Chapter-University of North Carolina)
2010: Dr. Allan J. Kucine - (Sigma Tau Chapter-State University of New York at Stony Brook)
2011: Dr. James B. Summitt - (Mu Nu Chapter-University of Texas at San Antonio)
2012: Dr. Fred S. Ferguson - (Sigma Tau Chapter-Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine)
2013: Dr. Jeffery A. Platt - (Theta Theta Chapter-Indiana University School of Dentistry)
2014: Dr. Lawrence I. Goldblatt - (Theta Theta Chapter-Indiana University School of Dentistry)
2015: Dr. Charles J. Goodacre - (Chi Chi Chapter-Loma Linda University School of Dentistry)