The TALENT Committee’s mission is to advocate and encourage innovative teaching and learning as well as supporting educational research in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) community.


  • Create an efficient work flow by streamlining the process for development of new ideas
  • Support faculty at every level of the process by being partners from the beginning to the end or their pilot/project
  • Identify gaps in teaching and learning at TUSDM and to find innovative ideas to fill those gaps
  • Create a bank of innovative ideas
  • Facilitate the process by assisting faculty in finding collaborators and sources of information -and help faculty overcome challenges
  • Ensure a manageable quantity of educational research projects


  • Jennipher Murphy (Co-Chair)
  • Wai Cheung (Co-Chair)
  • Irina Dragan
  • Matthew Finkelman
  • Jonathan Garlick
  • Natalie Jeong
  • Olympia Karacosta
  • Ellen Patterson

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information at talent@tufts.edu.

Please note: The committee usually meets on the second Monday of each month.