The Dental College of Georgia recently named Dr. Bruce Riggs the 2021 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. This award is the DCG’s highest teaching recognition.
Riggs was praised by nominees for his positivity and preparedness. One resident said, “He creates the perfect amalgamation of ‘real-world’ and ‘academic’ dentistry, made possible by his many years of successful clinical practice.”
A dental student said, “He is always prepared for class and truly advocates for students and their success. He knows students by name and he remembers things such as where you are from and hobbies you may have and he tries to make those connections with students. His encouragement is boundless and his reputation is awesome.”
Dr. Tara Schafer, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, said that Riggs provides significant lecture and clinical support. “He has introduced numerous innovative methods of teaching and has substantially invigorated all of the courses of our program,” Schafer said.
Dr. Bruce Riggs, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric DentistryRiggs is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, who also holds a Master of Public Health. He serves as co-coordinator of Give Kids a Smile Day, no small undertaking, as it involves coordination of screening exams, transportation to and from the DCG and scheduling of students, residents, faculty and private practitioners to provide treatment. He is also an aficionado of classic cars, vintage clocks and guitars.
Riggs was recognized at the DCG faculty’s annual retreat.
The DCG’s Teaching Excellence Award was established more than 25 years ago to recognize full-time faculty for outstanding teaching efforts. The awardee receives a one-time salary supplement and a grant to support their teaching efforts within the College. Congratulations to Dr. Riggs!