December 6, 2016
Dr. Toni Roucka, a 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College.
Dr. Roucka most recently had been Associate Professor for the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, IL.
Dean Clark Stanford noted that “Dr. Roucka comes with a breadth of experience in private dental practice, community-based practice, military dental practice, and academic roles both at Marquette University and Southern Illinois University.”
“As a member of the leadership team,” Dr. Roucka said, “the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is primarily responsible for curriculum management and development at both the predoctoral and graduate levels as well as monitoring and mentoring students having academic difficulties or those seeking postgraduate opportunities. Leading the school through the accreditation process is also a top priority.”
The next accreditation process will culminate with a site visit in 2020.
“This is an exciting time at the College of Dentistry under the leadership of Dean Stanford,” Dr. Roucka noted. “I hope to work closely with the leadership team and help move the school forward in accordance with the College’s strategic plan and the Dean’s vision for excellence and professionalism in dental education.”
In preparation for the accreditation process and changing practice models in the workplace, Dr. Roucka plans on striving “to improve our students’ experience with interprofessional education and work with the Curriculum Committee to revise the College of Dentistry’s Competency Statements,” she said.
Dr. Roucka’s predoctoral work was in nursing, and she earned an R.N. from the College of DuPage. She worked her way through the College of Dentistry as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Illinois Hospital.
After graduation, Dr. Roucka served in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. She was awarded a Service Medal for Operation Desert Storm.
When she left the Navy, Dr. Roucka became the first dentist to staff the Spang Center for Oral Health on Chicago’s North Side, a clinic serving HIV/AIDS patients.
Dr. Roucka is the founder of Compassionate Dental Care International, a non-profit organization that runs mission trips abroad.
She earned an MA in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and began her academic career in dentistry at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, where she served as Associate Professor and Program Director for General Dentistry.
A Fellow of the American College of Dentists and Immediate Past President of the American Society for Dental Ethics, Dr. Roucka is a nationally renowned speaker and author concerning ethics in dentistry.