Rhoda Sword


Rhoda Sword


Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Restorative Sciences


After graduating from dental school, I worked in private practice for over 6 years, while teaching part time at AU DCG. I transitioned into full time teaching in 2008, and am an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences. I have taught in many of the pre-clinical occlusion and operative courses and direct the spring sophomore block course as well as Junior Clinic.

  • (706) 721-8297
  • (706) 721-8349
  • GC 4330


  • DMD, Dentistry Medical College of Georgia, 2003

  • BS, Bio, General Baylor University, 1999


  • DEN Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2003

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) License United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, 2015

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider American Heart Association (AHA), 2015

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Certification American Heart Association, 2015

  • DENTIST Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2003

Awards & Honors

  • DCG Teaching Excellence Award Dental College of Georgia, 2024

  • Mental Health Services Award Student Counseling & Psychological Services, 2022

  • Inducted as a Fellow Academy of General Dentistry, 2021

  • Inducted as a Fellow American College of Dentists, 2017

  • Named Honorable Fellow from the EDDS in the Georgia Dental Association Georgia Dental Association, 2015

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ADBL 5211

    BCLS Training I
  • RSTP 5201

    Diagnosis & Treatment Plan I
  • RSDS 5492

    Introduction to Clinic Dent II
  • RSRC 5692

    Restorative Clinic II
  • CLCR 8011

    Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • RSOC 5111

    Dental Anatomy & Occlusion
  • RSTP 5591

    Diagnosis & Trmt Plan Clinic I
  • RSED 5511

    Esthetic Restorative Dentistry
  • RSDS 5391

    Introduction to Clinical Dent
  • ADNS 5101

    New Student Orientation
  • RSOP 5111

    Operative Dentistry I
  • RSRC 5591

    Restorative Clinic I

Teaching Interests

Currently, I am the course director for the fall and spring Sophomore Block and the D1 Treatment Planning Course and teach in the Pre-clinical Operative Course, and Dental Anatomy and Occlusion Course. I cover D2 and D3 clinics in DXR and Operative.


Selected Recent Publications

  • The initial treatment consideration for tetracycline-stained teeth., 2021
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Tray Bleaching status and insights, 2020
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Bleaching Efficacy During Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment, 2020
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Visual Diagnosis of Pit and Fissure Caries Using ICDAS with Three Dimensional Scanned Images, 2018
    Journal Article, Professional Journal

Research Interests

I have completed bleaching studies, and a review journal article over current bleaching techniques as well as composite and curing light research. I have an interest in aiding student research as well though student mentorship programs that help to enhance the pipeline for possible future dental educators.

Department Service

  • Faculty Search Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • DCG Faculty Senate Steering Committee 2024 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University The Dental College of Georgia Alumni Society 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Student Academic Review Committee 2018 - 2023

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • Admissions Committee 2005 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pediatric Dentistry Department Chair Search Committee 2016 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • AU Suicide Response Prevention and Postvention Committee 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU RFP Bookstore Development Team 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee 2018 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University Alumni Association 2017 - 2019

    Role: Chairperson
  • Augusta University Executive Search for the EVP of Development 2018 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • ADA Faculty Joint Action Taskforce 2023 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • ADA CE Review Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • AU Alumni Association 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Eastern District Dental Society 2016 - Present

    Role: Officer, Treasurer
  • Georgia Dental Association 2010 - Present

    Role: Other

Public Service

  • AU Foundation Board 2017 - 2019

  • AU Foundation Board 2017 - 2019

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Mission of Mercy 2018 - 2018

    Role: Chairperson