Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH

Professor Pamela Zarkowski is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in leadership development, implicit bias, and legal and ethical aspects of higher education. Given Prof. Zarkowski’s diverse background and extensive experience in higher-education administration, her executive coaching experience includes career coaching in higher education and mentorship for high-potential executives. Prof. Zarkowski is a rotational instructor for both AAL’s CAAMP and CAAMP II programs.

She earned a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Public Health in Dental Public Health and a Teaching Certificate in Community Dentistry from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. An educator for more than 40 years, she has served in various administrative roles and continues to teach predoctoral, graduate and dental hygiene students. She has held different leadership roles in national organizations, provided workshops and published in the area of professional, legal and ethical issues for dental and health professionals. She is a past president of the American Dental Education Association, Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine and the American Society for Dental Ethics and former Chairperson of the ADEAGies Foundation. She is also a faculty contributor to the annual ADEA Leadership Institute and Allied Leadership Institute programs.

Prof. Zarkowski is an honorary member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and an honorary fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Education Association. She was honored by the ADEAGies Foundation as the 2017 recipient of the Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator. In 2019 she was named as one of Crain’s Notable Women in Education Leadership.