James D. Kettering, PhD, named associate SD dean
James D. Kettering, PhD, (left) the School of Dentistry�s new associate dean for advanced education, is congratulated by Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD (right), dean, and Leif K. Bakland, DDS, professor and chair, endodontics.
James D. Kettering, PhD, has been named associate dean, advanced education, School of Dentistry. He takes on the position held by Leif K. Bakland, DDS, for the past 11 years.
Dr. Kettering is familiar to many in the School, having served on the basic science faculty since 1980. Through the years Dr. Kettering has taught and mentored countless dental students as they learn research techniques and conduct research projects.
Dr. Kettering has been associate chair and program coordinator in the School of Medicine and professor of microbiology and molecular genetics in the Graduate School, with secondary appointments on the faculty of the Schools of Dentistry and Allied Health Professions.
In 2001, LLU’s microbiology graduate program, under Dr. Kettering’s direction, was ranked among the top five in the nation by the National Association of Graduate/ Professional Students. The other programs were Harvard University, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Michigan State University, and Stanford University.
Asked about the honor Dr. Kettering said, “Through the years, we’ve worked hard to develop our program in such a way that our students were both prepared and satisfied.”
During the School’s 50th anniversary commemorative celebration, Dr. Kettering was one of 30 charter members named to the Society of Scholars. The Society was formed to recognize faculty members with outstanding activity in the area of publications. Of the charter members, Dr. Kettering was one of four who published more than 200 articles.
Dr. Kettering graduated from Andrews University in 1964 with a BA degree in biology. He earned an MS degree in microbiology from LLU in 1968, and a PhD degree from LLU in 1974. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Kettering completed postdoctoral work in diagnostic virology, California State Department of Health, under a training grant from California Department of Health, Berkeley (1975 to 1977). In 1985, he was awarded a Basic Science Fellowship Award from the W.E. MacPherson Society, and took a sabbatical leave (University of Southern California).
His areas of research interests include oral microbiology (etiologic organisms and antimicrobial agents); dental immunology in endodontics; medical virology (diagnostic procedures); virology (herpesvirus group); tumor immunology, and relative test procedures. He will be conducting research with Shahrokh Shabahang, DDS, PhD, associate professor, endodontics, in the latter faculty member’s new laboratory.
Dr. Kettering states: “I am happy to be joining the School of Dentistry full time. I am looking forward to working closely with the advanced education programs and many of the talented people that I have gotten to know throughout the past 30 years.”
Dr. Kettering is married to Betty Jane Kettering. They have three children: Brian, Pamela, and David.