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Karen Faraone, DDS '78, Appointed Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Written by Adam Zewe

Dr. Karen Faraone has been appointed assistant dean of student affairs. In her new position, which officially began in November, she will advise, inform and support the student body.

"I'm excited to begin this new chapter in my career, and I'm proud to say that I'm 'University of Maryland' all the way. I view my role primarily as a student advocate; encouraging a supportive environment for student growth and education, fostering communication, counseling, problem solving and liaison functions," explains Dr. Faraone, DDS '78, MA.

She will work directly with students, listening to their concerns, raising those issues with administrators and faculty members and then giving feedback to the student body. Dr. Faraone plans to arrange individual and small group meetings, while also hosting large forums to openly discuss important topics. "This is also about teaching the students leadership and responsibility. I want to see them empowered in a positive way," Dr. Faraone says.

The assistant deanship splits its time between administrative and teaching responsibilities, so Dr. Faraone will remain a preclinical and clinical instructor. She looks forward to working with students in a different way, but understands that her new role will bring its own challenges. "I think the biggest challenges will be maintaining accessibility and keeping the level of student trust," she remarks.

A lifelong educator, Dr. Faraone developed a deep passion for student advocacy early in her career. After graduating from UMSOD in 1978, she served as director of the Waxter Dental Clinic for the Baltimore City Health Department. While working there, she acted as a preceptor for dental and hygiene students who rotated through the clinic. That experience hooked Dr. Faraone on education, and led her to apply for a faculty position at UMSOD.

Thirty-four years later, she still gets a thrill from teaching. Dr. Faraone is excited for this opportunity to take student advocacy to a new level. "I like the dynamic of interacting with students. This adds a new facet to my career. It's invigorating," concludes Dr. Faraone.

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