Pam Shaw, DMD, MPH

Student Mentorship Lead

Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University
Pam Shaw, DMD, MPH

Dr. Shaw is currently the Assistant Dean for Admissions at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She previously served as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Indiana University School of Dentistry. This important leadership role includes development of programs and activities to help increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students, faculty, and staff. She previously served as an Assistant Provost at Purdue University where she directed and managed two multi-campus alliances supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation initiative. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Indiana and the Midwest Crossroads Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) target underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The programs work to increase student success at the baccalaureate and doctoral levels. Dr. Shaw is a native of Gary, Indiana, and received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. She later graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Master's in Public Health. She began her professional career in higher education at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as its Community Liaison for Health Professions and later became the Director of Health Careers Programs. She joined the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. She also directed the Kentucky-Appalachian Science Enrichment Program (KASEP), the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP), and the Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP). The programs worked to increase the academic and career success of high school, undergraduate, and professional students from underrepresented minority, economically disadvantaged and rural populations. For over twenty-five years she has worked with federal and state supported programs to help increase the numbers of students entering careers in science, health, and research.

Dr. Shaw serves as a member of the administrative team of the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE). Her role will help transition students through their baccalaureate programs and prepare them for graduate education and careers in STEM. In her role, she will lead the student mentorship component of the project by providing 1:1 student mentoring and guidance. Through this effort, LSMRCE aims to increase the retention of URM students in STEM and increase the number of URM students who pursue a doctoral degree in STEM.