Michelle Robinson, DMD, MA

Michelle Robinson, DMD, MA  is the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the first and only person on her campus to have served in  leadership roles in both a health and a non-health school, having been interim dean for the School of Dentistry from 2018-2019 and interim dean for the School of Education from 2020-2022. This shaped her core belief that leadership skills are transferable across roles, disciplines and cultures, and that everyone can hone their abilities to be an effective leader.

Within the School of Dentistry, Dr. Robinson has led the areas of information technology and informatics, billing and patient finance operations, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, clinical affairs, faculty development, compliance/executive risk assessment, and diversity and equity and inclusion. She has mentored faculty, staff, and students at all levels starting at middle and high school and continues to teach in health informatics and health administration. Her areas of research and publication include technology innovations in dentistry, gamification, and organizational climate and culture. She has been continually funded and most recently served as an associate editor for the NIH 2021 report, “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges”.

Dr. Robinson is a graduate of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and the General Practice Residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has a biomedical informatics degree from Columbia University and certifications that include Special Patient Care, Information Technology Project Management, and Online Education. She has held multiple leadership roles at the national level, including Chair of the Dental Informatics Working Group of AMIA and Chair of the Dental Informatics Section of ADEA. Dr. Robinson is the recipient of several awards in the areas of teaching, research, service, and mentorship. She has given lectures, continuing education courses, and served as a consultant for various universities, associations, and study clubs throughout the United States and Europe.