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.
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.
1998: Dr. Paul Desjardins - (Omega Omega Chapter-University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey)