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Johns Hopkins Director Joins Faculty In New HPU School Of Health Sciences

02.24.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 24, 2011 — Dr. Mark Teaford, currently a course director for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s anatomy program, will join High Point University as professor of anatomy in the proposed school of Health Sciences. He joins two prestigious colleagues — Dr.  Daniel Erb, dean of the school, and Dr. Eric Hegedus, director of its physical therapy program, both formerly of Duke University.Teaford has more than 30 years of experience teaching anatomy in health sciences, and for the past 15 years, he has served as the director of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s anatomy course, during which time he received the Barry Wood Award for Outstanding Pre-Clinical Teaching and the Professor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.At HPU, he’ll assist in the development and creation of a cadaver/anatomy lab for the School of Health Sciences. He begins teaching undergraduate courses at the university in the fall.Teaford took a postdoctoral fellowship in anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining the faculty in what is now the Center of Functional Anatomy and Evolution. As course director for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s anatomy course, he established close clinical ties with anatomy, oversaw the computerization of most basic course functions, and helped plan and implement a new curriculum in a state-of-the-art education building. During that time, he also taught undergraduate courses in anatomy and biological anthropology.He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Illinois, where he began his training in anatomy.”Dr. Mark Teaford is a great addition to our already impressive leadership team in the proposed School of Health Sciences,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “A renowned anatomist, Teaford will teach in our undergraduate program until the School of Health Sciences officially enrolls graduate students. He will be an integral part of developing the university’s anatomy lab, a vital component of the health sciences building and a unique feature for an undergraduate program.”In addition to teaching, Teaford’s research interests stem from his training in anthropology and focuses on ancestors and modern and fossil primates. He is one of the pioneers of analyses of microscopic wear patterns on teeth. Teaford has also edited three books and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals and edited volumes. He has served as a reviewer for hundreds of articles and grants, and served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Human Evolution and the American Journal of Primatology. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Human Evolution.Teaford has also been actively involved in the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, where he has served as the vice president of the Association, on the executive committee, and as the chair of Career Development Committee, in addition to founding an annual auction to raise money for student travel to those meetings.The initial building of HPU’s School of Health Sciences is scheduled for completion in 2017 with a second phase to be completed by 2018. Dr. Daniel Erb is dean of the school, which will create approximately 70 jobs between faculty and support staff and will bring 500 new students to High Point. The school will house the current undergraduate programs in exercise science and athletic training, as well as proposed graduate programs in physician assistant studies and physical therapy. In addition, the university will create a proposed School of Pharmacy which accepts its first class in 2016.At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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