Rhoda Sword

Associate Professor

Rhoda Sword

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Restorative Sciences

Bio

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 teach in the sophomore block course as well as Junior Clinic.

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

Education

  • DMD, Dentistry Medical College of Georgia, 2003

  • BS, Bio, General Baylor University, 1999

Certifications

  • 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

  • Dental Professional Licensure Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2003

Awards & Honors

  • Inducted as a Fellow American College of Dentists, 2017

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

  • GRU Jag 20 Alumni Award Augusta University Alumni Association, 2015

  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI) Academy of Dentistry International, 2013

  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Pierre Fauchard Academy, 2009

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • CPRD 5002

    Basic Cardiac Life Support II
  • ADBL 5211

    BCLS Training I
  • BEFD 5202

    Business Ethics Foundations II
  • DXTP 5901

    Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • RSDS 5492

    Introduction to Clinic Dent II
  • REST 5901

    Restorative Clinic
  • CLCR 8011

    Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • RSOC 5111

    Dental Anatomy & Occlusion
  • DMAT 5001

    Dental Materials
  • RSDS 5391

    Introduction to Clinical Dent
  • RSOC 5311

    Occlusal Analysis

Teaching Interests

Currently, I am the course director for Dental Anatomy and Occlusion, RSOC 5111 and teach in the Pre-clinical Operative Course, OPER 5001, which most interests me.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Visual Diagnosis of Pit and Fissure Caries Using ICDAS with Three Dimensional Scanned Images, 2018
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Tooth Bleaching Questions Answered , 2017
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Bleaching Tetracycline-Stained Teeth, 2017
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Dental Anatomy and Occlusion: Maxillary Incisors, 2016
    Other
  • Effect of Curing Light Barriers and Light Types on Radiant Exposure and Composite Conversion., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic 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.

Department Service

  • Faculty Search Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Student Academic Review Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Attendee, Meeting
  • Augusta University The Dental College of Georgia Alumni Society 2010 - Present

  • Admissions Committee 2005 - 2017

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

    Role: Committee Member
  • Called Committee for Evaluation of how we (DCG) handles Struggling Students 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • 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

  • AU Alumni Association 2017 - Present

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

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

    Role: Other
  • ADA Delegation (voting member in ADA House of Delegates) 2019 - 2022

    Role: Member
  • American Dental Association 2019 - 2022

    Role: Other

Public Service

  • AU Foundation Board 2017 - 2019

  • AU Foundation Board 2017 - 2019

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Mission of Mercy 2018 - 2018

    Role: Chairperson