Philadelphia – Recognized for his commitment to teaching, Dr. Yu Cheng Chang (GD’15, GD’16, D’18), Assistant Professor of Clinical Periodontics, has been awarded an American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded annually to two individuals nationwide.
AAP Teaching Fellowships are designed to support and encourage a career in academia by providing debt relief to qualified applicants. The $50,000 Fellowships are given to qualified faculty members within their first three years of teaching at a U.S. periodontal training institution. The 2019 Fellowships were awarded during the AAP Annual Meeting, held Nov. 2-5 in Chicago.
Dr. Chang joined the Penn Dental Medicine faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Periodontics and Director of Predoctoral Periodontics, overseeing all the clinical and didactic courses for the School’s DMD students. He also does clinical instruction of both predoctoral and postdoctoral periodontics students. Dr. Chang is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, he has been active in scholarly endeavors, conducting research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.
Dr. Chang completed his postdoctoral training in periodontics at Penn Dental Medicine in 2015, earned an MS in oral biology in 2016, and received a DMD from Penn Dental Medicine as well in 2018. He also holds a DDS from Chun Shan Medical University in Taiwan.
Since joining the School’s faculty, Dr. Chang’s role as an educator has also been recognized with the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Educator Award from The American Academy of Periodontology, and three teaching awards from Penn Dental Medicine (the Award for Outstanding Service for Students, the Nobel Biocare Junior Faculty Fellowship, and the Earle Bank Hoyt Award).