Stand Up and Cheer for
the NJDS Department
of Oral Biology
he 13 faculty members in the Department of Oral Biology’s PhD program at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School (NJDS) can be proud of their notable achievement. The group has been given special recognition in a national survey of academic achievement related to: the number of their new federal grants; the number and quality of their publications; and the frequency of reference by others to these publications. Only five years old, this department has already put itself on the map.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the department’s faculty seventh nationwide in 2007 for scholarly productivity among universities that offer PhD programs in oral biology and craniofacial science. The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index — developed by Academic Analytics — ranks PhD programs at research universities based on measurements of scholarly accomplishment for each faculty member. This information was gathered for more than 160,000 faculty members at 375 institutions in 172 disciplines.
Each faculty member’s scholarly productivity was measured using five factors: the number of books published; the number of peer-reviewed journal articles published; the number of citations of those journal articles in other published work; the number of projects funded by federal grants and the amount of federal-grant dollars awarded; and honors and awards.
Here are some of the statistics that won the NJDS group its 2007 “top-10” ranking: 77 percent of the department’s faculty had an article published in a peer-reviewed journal; 85 percent had a journal article cited by another researcher in a published article; the average number of citations per faculty member was 28.62; and 46 percent of the faculty was awarded a new federal grant that year. Among the top 10 schools, the NJDS group was number one in percentage of grants in 2007. Congratulations to all.