Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award Guidelines


The Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with California’s dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. It was developed to support individuals who contribute to the scholarly and creative activities of California dental students.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominator must be a CDA member or faculty member of a dental school located in California. A nominator is limited to one nomination per award cycle. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Nominees must have a history as a member of faculty, hold full- or part-time teaching positions, and be affiliated with a dental program associated with one of California’s dental schools.
  • Nominees shall contribute to the scholarly and creative activity of the school through direct contact with students and add to the enrichment of the dental program with which they are affiliated.
  • Nominees from all fields of study or dental specialties that enhance or support dental programs will be considered.
  • Nominees must be U.S. citizens or provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The CDA Foundation strives to select faculty engaged in preparing students for a professional education that lays the groundwork for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. Priority will be given to applications reflecting Dr. Dugoni’s vision of excellence in teaching and professional development, which includes the following:

  • Leadership: Individuals who participate in activities beyond the scope of their teaching assignments, serve as role models for their students and possess values that influence future involvement in the profession. This may include leadership roles in organized dentistry, a specialty or ethnic group, the American Dental Education Association, American Association for Dental Research, their alma mater or other associations.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Individuals who anticipate tomorrow’s needs and respond to those needs through visionary or innovative teaching methods designed to move dental education forward and motivate or engage students in their own professional growth. This may include new uses for technology, competency-based curriculum development, applied research techniques that benefit patients or enhance the quality of care, and inventive instruction models.
  • Collaboration: Individuals who reach beyond the classroom/clinic to create partnerships and unions that strengthen dental students’ experience and involves others in the future of dental education. This can include other schools, community groups, organized dentistry, corporate or business assistance, grant writing and individuals.
  • Philanthropic Spirit: Giving back of one’s time, talent and resources to the profession and the community are a vital part of a full life. Award recipients value philanthropy and assume an active role in sharing the bounty in their life with others.
  • Compassion/Integrity: Dr. Dugoni once said, “It will not do just to train the head and hands and leave the heart out.” Individuals who are treated with respect and dignity learn compassion, the need for tolerance and cooperation, and to take responsibility for their lives, communities and world in which they live.

Required Attachments

Nominators must submit the following items with the online application:

  • A curriculum vitae/resume highlighting the nominee’s excellence in teaching and professional development. (maximum three pages)
  • A letter of recommendation from the dean of the nominee’s dental school (maximum two pages).


Funding will not be provided to any “disqualified person,” as defined in Internal Revenue Code section 4958. Such persons include: (i) any person who is in a position to exercise substantial influence over the affairs of the CDA Foundation, or who was in such a position during the preceding five years, including voting members of the CDA Foundation Board of Directors and the officers and staff of the CDA Foundation; (ii) any family members of the above class of persons, including spouses, brothers and sisters (whole or half), and their respective spouses (whole or half), ancestors, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; and (iii) any entity in which the above two classes of persons holds more than a 35% interest.

Application Period

The CDA Foundation will accept online applications from January 1 to March 31 each year. 


Recipients are eligible to receive this award only once. This is an honorable recognition award and recipients of this award will be recognized at an appropriate CDA event in CDA and CDA Foundation publications in the fall.

Recipients are eligible to receive a one-time award of up to $5,000. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, travel, conferences, research, materials, supplies or academic projects. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. prior to receipt of award.