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Dental school professors LaQuia Walker and Dominique Galli among IUPUI women faculty and staff honored for leadership

Two IU School of Dentistry educators were among the women who recently were honored by the IUPUI Office for Women for their accomplishments as leaders.

Dr. LaQuia Walker, Pediatric Dentistry, received the Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader award in the newcomer faculty category, and Dr. Dominique Galli, Oral Biology, was one of two IUPUI professors to receive the same award in the veteran faculty category.

The honors were presented at the 2013 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards reception at the Campus Center on March 27.

LaQuia Walker
LaQuia Walker

Dr. LaQuia Walker was cited as a professor who is driven with a passion to serve both predoctoral and graduate students – she has committed herself to enhancing the educational environment and is using her background in informatics to create a Student Technology Committee.

Dr. Walker joined the Pediatric Dentistry faculty part time in 2004, after completing her specialty training at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a 2002 dental graduate of the University of California. She was appointed to a full-time IUSD position in 2009, and in her still-new career at IU she has already served on the thesis committees for 18 master’s degree students.

Dr. Walker is enrolled in coursework through IU East to help facilitate the School of Dentistry’s goal to transition more educational content to an online format. At the recent American Dental Education Association (ADEA) meeting in Seattle, she presented a workshop on the keys to implementing e-texts into the curriculum. These activities, along with her research on haptics in dental education and training with simulation, are key examples of her dedication to elevating the learning opportunities for our students.

In addition to serving her department, school, and campus, Dr. Walker helps patients at Riley Hospital for Children through her work as a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Team. Her area of expertise on the team involves emerging care concepts for patients born with cleft lip and palate.

She serves on the board of directors of the Arc of Indiana, an organization committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their goals. She earned diplomate status in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2009.

The Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader Award is a reflection of Dr. Walker’s commitment to creating a more positive learning atmosphere, to her fostering of student success, and to her unwavering dedication to service on every level.

Dominique Galli
Dominique Galli

The numerous and varied leadership roles Dr. Dominique Galli has accepted in the 17 years she has been an educator and researcher with IU helped pave the way for her prestigious appointment in 2012 as IUPUI assistant vice chancellor for Research.

She holds master’s and PhD degrees from Ludwig Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

As soon as IUPUI began to open up opportunities for faculty to complement their contributions to their own schools and units with additional responsibilities at the campus level, Dr. Galli was quickly inspired to become involved. She brought pride to the IU School of Dentistry in 2006
when she was accepted as the campus’s inaugural faculty fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculties.

Shortly thereafter, she became a fellow in ADEA’s Leadership Institute, which both enhanced her leadership skills and got her involved in the larger educational issues in the dental profession. Her passion lies with promoting research and increasing the success of faculty members in research.

She has worked extensively on behalf of her campus colleagues by serving on and/or leading key task forces, councils, boards, and committees.

She co-chaired the Criterion 4 (research) Self-Study Team for IUPUI’s recent reaccreditation process and co-founded the Inter-Campus Coalition for the Advancement of Women. As a champion of campus collegiality, she has strongly supported the IUPUI Faculty Club through such efforts as her founding and management of the club’s Scholarship at Lunchtime series.

She chaired the committee that drafted the campus’s Signature Centers research initiative, applying her vision and experience in the Signature Center review process. She has played a key role in the success of the program by developing guidelines and standards for the review of the initial proposals as well as the guidelines and standards for the funded Centers when they are applying for full Signature Center status.

Dr. Galli was also cited for serving with excellence as a leadership role model for junior faculty and the many students who have worked with her in her lab. Through their experiences with Dr. Galli they recognize that they, too, must strive to make a difference. And that is the seed for
leadership.

June 10, 2013