Price Honored by Women in Science and Health Committee
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU dentist Shelia S. Price, D.D.S., Ed.D., will be honored with the second annual Women in Science and Health Excellence Award June 12 at 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Pylons Lobby.

“This is a pinnacle experience in my career,” Price said, “Selection by esteemed and accomplished peers is a joy beyond description.”

Dr. Price is the associate dean for admissions, recruitment and access to care and also professor of diagnostic sciences at WVU School of Dentistry. She currently manages and facilitates the school’s dental admissions, recruitment and multicultural programs. Prior to administering these programs, she directed dental student affairs and academic support programs. In that role, she shepherded implementation of several signature programs, including the annual Professionalism Assembly, Clinic Induction Ceremony, and Scholarship Recognition program.

Price is West Virginia University’s first African-American woman dental graduate, and a three-time graduate of WVU. In addition to her dental degree, she earned a  master’s degree in higher education administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership.  

 WVU dentist Shelia S. Price, D.D.S., Ed.D., will be honored with the second annual Women in Science and Health Excellence Award June 12 at 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Pylons Lobby

A first-generation college graduate, Price seeks to inspire and empower individuals to achieve their dental education and career goals, and she has mentored numerous students in fulfilling their dental education pursuits. A segment of her academic research has focused on women in dentistry and recruitment and retention of under-represented students. Throughout her career, Price has passionately strived to better inform the community about the importance of adequate dental health care and the need to recruit diverse student bodies in an effort to improve access to oral health care.

“There is a significant disparity of minority and economically disadvantaged individuals in dental programs across the country. Dental schools are beginning to improve their recruitment strategies to diversify dental classes,” said Price.

Along with other WVU School of Dentistry faculty, Price has held prominent roles in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), including appointment advisory boards and planning committees. Additionally, she has served as the School of Dentistry Women’s Liaison Officer and Minority Affairs Officer to the ADEA. She is chairperson of a Northeast Regional Recruitment Collaborative comprised of six dental schools in the Northeast region, an extension of her role as Director of the Dental Pipeline program at WVU.

She served as a lecturer and organizer for the recruitment events, Dental Summer Summit, Brush with Dentistry, and the Dental Pipeline: Transforming Dreams into Reality. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is the nation’s largest philanthropic organization devoted specifically to health care, has provided grants for all of these programs.

She earned the National Dental Association Recognition Award in 1997 and the Boone County Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002. She has also presented and consulted nationally on dental student mentoring, academic enrichment programs, and oral health access initiatives. Her collaborative work with colleagues in the School of Medicine on diversity training for medical and dental students culminated in the program’s selection for feature in the American Dental education Association publication, “Best Practices in Dental Education 2004.”

Price encourages her students to develop a vision for their future, and then begin setting the goals to get there. “You must have an unquenchable thirst for life long learning,” she said, ”In dentistry, materials change, techniques change, medications change – there’s something new all the time.”

In addition to her three degrees from WVU, Price earned a B.S. in biology from University of Charleston. She and her husband, Dan, are parents of two sons, Sidney, 16 and Taylor, 13.

WVU’s  Women in Science and Health Committee seeks to recognize the achievements of women with the WISH Excellence Award. Other nominees for the 2007 award were: Mahreen Hashmi, M.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine; June Larrabee, Ph.D., professor in the School of Nursing; and Laura Gibson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics.

For more information about WVU School of Dentistry admissions, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/sod/admissions/. WISH Committee and Excellence Award information may be viewed at www.hsc.wvu.edu/admin/facultydev/.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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