Lavern Holyfield, DDS
Chair, Diversity Leadership Committee
Lavern Holyfield, DDS, serves as the chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee for the Health Science Center. She is responsible for oversight, planning and implementation of initiatives to foster professional development and skills enhancement among all members of the institution. Dr. Holyfield works collaboratively with diversity officers from each of the colleges within the institution to foster and sustain a culture in which inclusive excellence is a priority.
Dr. Holyfield is a fellow of the American Dental Association's (ADEA) Leadership Institute and the 2012-2013 ADEA Gies Foundation Education Fellow. She also completed the Institute for Teaching and Learning, a program sponsored by the ADEA and the Academy for Academic Leadership.
Dr. Holyfield's interests have focused on training skilled clinicians, enhancing pedagogy and fostering a climate of cultural sensitivity and inclusion. She has instructed pre-doctoral students in Preventive Dentistry and Oral Diagnosis clinics. This included oversight of students in extramural clinics. Most recently, she instructed students in Removable Prosthodontics pre-clinic coursework.
Dr. Holyfield is a graduate faculty member and co-director for the Education for Health Professionals Program. She is a former course director and instructor for an online course on teaching strategies and continues as course director for the teaching practicum. Similarly, she has served as a guest presenter in the graduate-level teaching skills course for dental residents.