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Creighton Dental School Names Assistant Dean

Creighton Dental School Names Assistant Dean

Neil S. Norton, Ph.D. has been named assistant dean for Student Affairs and Director of Admissions at Creighton University’s School of Dentistry effective July 1, 2010.

Norton joined the dental faculty in 1996 and currently serves as associate professor of Oral Biology with a primary responsibility of teaching Gross Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, and Human Neuroscience. He also holds a secondary appointment as associate professor of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching and research, Norton serves on numerous School of Dentistry and University committees and currently serves as the President of the University Faculty.

An award-wining teacher, he has received numerous teaching awards at Creighton including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, the highest teaching award given by the University He also received the GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Teaching Award in 2007, which is the highest national award given by the American Dental Education Association.

An active researcher, Norton has authored more than 80 abstracts, three book chapters, and has published more than 23 peer reviewed articles. In 2006, Norton's book, “Netter’s Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry,” was published by Elsevier and has currently been translated into five languages. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Norton succeeds Frank J. Ayers, D.D.S., who is retiring after more than 38 years with the school. Ayers has worked in admissions since 1986.