Rising Star Award


2019 Rising Star Faculty Award

Alex Delgado

Alex J. Delgado, DDS, MS

Director, Division of Operative Dentistry

Department of Restorative Dental Sciences

University of Florida College of Dentistry


2017 – Inaugural RSFA Awardee:

Gustavo Oliveira

Gustavo Oliveira, DDS, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Operative Dentistry

UNC School of Dentistry


Next Nomination Cycle:  Nov 1 – Jan 5, 2020

Call for nominations will be announced @ AOD website and via the Listserv of the ADEA Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials Section at oden@Listserv.adea.org

We look forward to your nomination of an outstanding junior faculty colleague

BACKGROUND: The Rising Star Faculty Award (RSFA) has been established by the Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD) with the intent to embrace the younger generation of dental faculty members and to strengthen the future AOD-membership. This biennial faculty award (funded by the AOD Founders Fund) aims to encourage, stimulate and support early-career faculty clinicians in their chosen professional path and highlight their activities.

OBJECTIVE: This award will recognize and promote excellence in the pursuit of teaching clinical dentistry by early-career faculty.

REQUIREMENTS: Nominee: being an early-career clinical faculty and member of the AOD. The Nominator should also be an AOD member.

Early-career faculty is defined as a faculty member holding an assistant clinical professor position (at least 60% appointment) and be within 10 years from the end of their last degree or training program.

AWARD: The Awardee will receive $4,000 as an undesignated gift for the purpose of augmenting and fostering their scholarship and faculty career. In addition to the monetary gift, the award consists of a plaque and other formal recognition. It also includes the provision of a free meeting registration (currently $800) and $1,500 towards travel expenses to attend the AOD Annual Meeting, accept the award and present a Table Clinic to showcase their clinical- or educational-oriented activities.

SELECTION: Nominations will be reviewed and ranked by the RSFA-Committee. The RSFA Committee members will elect the Awardee.


  1. Cover Page (1 page) including Name, address, phone number and email address of both the Nominator and the Nominee.
  2. Narrative Statement (max. 1 page) including reason for nomination by the Nominator (AOD-member).
  3. Nominee’s Résumé (max. 2 pages).
  4. Two letters of support (max. 1 page each). At least one must be from an AOD-member (not-nominator).

Items to include as appropriate to the Nominee’s field of interest including: Affiliations, Education, List of relevant publications (within the past 10 years); List of completed, current and pending funding support with a one sentence description and the nominee’s role in the project; Presentation activities in professional settings such as conference speaker, CE-course provider, external lecturer (keynote, plenary, or invited).

Recurring nominations will be accepted.

SUBMISSION: Preferably, all materials are collated into one single pdf. The complete nomination packet should be sent by January 5, 2020 to Dr Tilly Peters (), Chair of the RSFA Committee.

Incomplete packages will not be considered.