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Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics

Joseph Clayton

Joseph Clayton, DDS MS
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Professor Emeritus




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Joseph A. Clayton, D.D.S., MS, professor of dentistry, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1995. 

Dr. Clayton received his B.S. degree from Utah State University in 1952, his D.D.S. degree from Washington University in 1959, and his M.S. degrees in denture prosthesis and restorative dentistry from the University of Michigan Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies in 1966 and 1967, respectively. He was appointed instructor in complete dentures in 1959 and assistant professor at the Washington University School of Dentistry in 1964. Dr. Clayton joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as an assistant professor in 1966; he was promoted to associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1974. 

Dr. Clayton is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Chi honor societies. He has served the school and the University through membership on a number of committees, including those governing graduate dental education, human subjects, research, resuscitation and emergency procedures, student affairs, and student table clinics. He directed the graduate program in restorative dentistry (crown and bridge) for 20 years. Dr. Clayton's service has extended to membership and offices in professional societies, including the American Association of Dental Research, the American Academy of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics, the American College of Dentists, and the American Dental Association and has served the Washtenaw District Dental Society in several capacities, including president. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics since 1968. 

Known for his dedication to teaching, Dr. Clayton has chaired the master's theses committees of over 50 students. He has also contributed through research, in the areas of restorative crown and bridge, occlusion, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. He has contributed to the scientific literature through professional journals, as well as through chapters in several textbooks. Dr. Clayton has also developed numerous television teaching tapes and manuals and has been a lecturer at major meetings and study clubs, both nationally and internationally.