Ms. Cunningham joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1979. She is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.
For first-year dental students, Ms. Cunningham is course director for two preventive dentistry courses that introduce basic patient assessment. She also provides clinical supervision in the second-year preventive dentistry clinic. At the graduate level, she directs a teaching methods and evaluation course and a also a clinical teaching practicum.
Ms. Cunningham participates in the Faculty General Dental Practice in the College of Dentistry Clinics.
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Ms. Cunningham is an honorary member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. She has received multiple teaching awards: the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Dental Education Association, the James H. McLeran Faculty Award, and the 2006 Dental Educator of the Year Award from the Iowa Dental Alumni Association. In 2012, Ms. Cunningham was elected to a three-year term as an officer in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Section on Community & Preventive Dentistry. She was the 1999 recipient of the Special Merit Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Ms. Cunningham chairs the Dental Curriculum Committee and serves as the College of Dentistry's representative on the University of Iowa Academic Technology Advisory Council (ATAC). She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Dental Alumni Association.