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Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics

Merle Jaarda

Merle Jaarda , DDS, MS
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Associate Professor
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Associate professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry retired from active faculty on August 31, 2009.

Dr. Jaarda received his B.S. degree from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1968.  He attended the University of Michigan for further studies receiving his D.D.S. in 1972. From 1972 to 1974, he served the United States Public Health Service, in the United States Coast Guard. He then pursued an M.S. in Oral Health Sciences, receiving that degree from the University of Michigan in 1976 and accepted an assistant professor position in the department of Crown and Bridge, Occlusion, at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He then moved to Oral Roberts University in 1978, accepting a position as an assistant professor in the School of Dentistry and Director of Preclinical Fixed Prosthodontics. In 1985, he was named Clinical Associate Professor at that institution. In 1987, he moved to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, taking a position as assistant professor and Director of Senior General Practice Program, Department of Adult Restorative Dentistry. In 1988, he was named Interim Chair, Department of Adult Restorative Dentistry. He returned to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1989, becoming a lecturer in the Department of Prosthodontics, and then becoming an assistant professor in 1991. In 1997, he was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Jaarda’s interests have been focused on improving preclinical dental education, as demonstrated by his service on several committees within the School of Dentistry. In addition, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the newly renovated and computerized preclinical laboratory, where students practice techniques on mannequins.

He has been a practicing dentist in the Dental Faculty Associates clinic, and this practical understanding of the dental profession has led to his being named Instructor of the Year in 1994 by the third-year dental class and Instructor of the Year in 2009 by the second-year dental class.