Tara Schafer

Interim Chair

Tara Schafer

Interim Chair

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology

Other Duties

Department Chair, Pediatric Dentistry

  • (706) 721-8612
  • GC 2120

Education

  • MS, Oral Bio and Oral Pathology Medical College of Georgia, 1998

  • DMD, Dentistry Medical College of Georgia, 1995

Certifications

  • DEN GA Professional Licensing Brd, 1995

  • Enteral/Inhalation Conscious Sedation Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2011

  • BCPD Am Brd of Pediatric Dentistry, 2007

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Kappa Lamda Chapter OKU Faculty Member Kappa Lamda Chapter OKU, 2017

  • MVP Faculty Award for Admissions Committee The Dental College of Georgia, 2015

  • MVP Faculty Award DCG Admissions Committee, 2015

  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award International College of Dentists, 2010

  • Award for Clinical Excellence American Society of Dentistry for Children, 1995

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PEDR 7023

    Cariology and Prevention
  • PEDR 8127

    CHOA Clinic II
  • PEDR 7124

    Cleft Palate Board and Clinic
  • PEDR 7123

    Clinical Orthodontics I
  • PEDR 8122

    Clinical Orthodontics III
  • PEDR 8123

    Clinical Ped Dentistry III
  • PEDR 7120

    Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • PEDR 7012

    Contemporary Orthodontics
  • PEDR 8125

    Craniofacial Board Clinic II
  • PEDR 7024

    Craniofaciial Growth and Dev
  • PEDR 8022

    Dental Trauma
  • PEDR 7221

    General Anesthesia Rotation
  • PEDR 8124

    Hematology/Oncology Clinic I
  • PEDR 7013

    Hospital Dentistry/ Bhvr Mgt
  • PEDR 7122

    Operating Room Cases I
  • PEDR 8121

    Operating Room Cases III
  • PEDR 7022

    Ped Dent ABPD Lit Rev I
  • PEDR 8012

    Ped Dent ABPD Lit Review II
  • PEDR 8011

    Ped Dent Journal Club III
  • PEDR 8013

    Ped Dent Research III
  • PEDR 7021

    Pediatric Dentistry Jrnl Cl I
  • PEDR 7011

    Pediatric Dentistry Orient
  • PEDR 7025

    Pediatric Dentistry Research I
  • PEDR 8126

    Undergrad Teach in Ped Dent I
  • PEDD 5901

    Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • PEDD 5003

    Dentistry for the Disabled Pat
  • PEDD 5902

    Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • PTSR 5901

    Introduction to Patient Servic
  • PEDR 7130

    Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • PEDR 8130

    Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • PEDR 7030

    Pediatric Dentistry Didactics
  • PEDR 8030

    Pediatric Dentistry Didactics
  • PEDD 5001

    Preclinical Pediatric Dentistr

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Use of a Teledentistry Partnership Program to Reach a Rural Pediatric Population , 2017
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Incidental Finding of a Foreign Object on a Panoramic Radiograp, 2015
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Mode of drinking fluoridated milk: effect on intraoral fluoride concentrations., 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The utility of hybrid promotion and tenure tracks for dental school faculty, 2013
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Imperfect hybrid layers created by an aggressive one-step self-etch adhesive in primary dentin are amendable to biomimetic remineralization in vitro, 2010
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

College Service

  • Infection Control 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Administrative Council 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Clinic Chairs Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Development Committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2016 Authentic Women Leaders Pilot Pipeline Program 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • School of Dentistry Dean Search Committee 2002 - 2003

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Governance Committee 1998 - 1999

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Journal of Pediatric Dentistry 2007 - 2011

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Pediatric Dentistry 2005 - 2007

    Role: Editor, Journal Editor
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 1999 - 2003

    Role: Committee Member