Larry Wolff earns prestigious University honor

Congratulations to Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS, (Developmental/Surg Sci-Periodontology) who recently received a University of Minnesota 2018-19 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

As a recipient of this system-wide award, Dr. Wolff will be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and carry the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor or Distinguished University Teacher throughout his career at the University of Minnesota. The award, conferred Wednesday, April 24 at the McNamara Alumni Center, recognizes Dr. Wolff for his commitment to the ongoing improvement of teaching and learning, and to quality graduate and professional education at the University of Minnesota.

"It is especially important for a student in dentistry to develop an appreciation for lifelong learning. I strive to make the learning experience enjoyable and stimulate them to learn as much as possible." - Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS 

When people ask Larry Wolff why he has worked so long at the School of Dentistry, he replies without hesitation that it is his love of reaching students and the professional satisfaction that comes from watching them mature in knowledge and clinical skills.

He has been major thesis adviser for more than 40 advanced education residents, who typically say they gained the most valuable knowledge, skills and dedication to patient care from him. 

"Dr. Wolff's teaching approach is not just a lecture, but rather an interaction and discussion that helps students love periodontics," says a former student.

Wolff has inspired students in classroom, clinical, and research settings while contributing exemplary administrative service, including 10 years as chair of the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences.  He integrates current research into all his teaching and has included numerous periodontology and microbiology graduate students on NIH-funded research programs.  He encourages them to invest in their publications -- and themselves -- by becoming corresponding authors of research papers.  His many international mentees have gone on to make lasting contributions that have spread his legacy around the world.

"Dr. Wolff's friendly, polite and humble approach stimulated my interest in research and teaching/mentoring," adds the former student.  "His enthusiasm made my learning experience enjoyable and life changing. I will always be grateful for his help."



Larry Wolff
Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS