Pamela Zarkowski, MPH, J.D.
Prof. Zarkowski is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in the areas of leadership development, implicit bias, and legal 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.
In addition to her role at AAL, Prof. Zarkowski is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. She was most recently the Executive Associate Dean at the School of Dentistry, where she served as both a faculty member and administrator for more than 27 years. She continues to teach predoctoral, allied, and postdoctoral dental students in ethics, law, leadership, and community dentistry. Prof. Zarkowski received a bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health in dental public health from the University of Michigan. She also received her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. She has been a member of the Michigan bar since 1989. Prof. Zarkowski’s career in dental education spans more than 35 years. She has also published and is a frequent speaker at regional and national meetings and continuing education courses.
Prof. Zarkowski is a former President of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA; 2001-2002) and the American Society for Dental Ethics (2003-2006). She was also President of the Society of Executive Leadership in Medicine (SELAM) from 2007 to 2008. In 2001, she was inducted into the honorary society of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. In 2006, she was selected as an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Dentists. ADEA honored her with the Distinguished Service Award in 2011. Most recently, Prof. Zarkowski was honored by the ADEAGies Foundation as the 2017 recipient of the Gies Award for Achievement — Dental Educator.