Dr. Todd Watkins is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Gastonia. He earned a BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985, and, following a year of biomaterials and informatics research, he received his DDS from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Watkins joined the dental and educational resources faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio following the completion of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in 1991. In 1994, he performed a successful technology transfer of "Project Macinstein" from the University of Texas into a Delaware C Corporation called VitalSource Technologies. As President and CEO of VitalSource he guided the development and delivery of the first XML-based electronic book platform which is currently the most used e-textbook technology in the world.
He was featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for his work during the infancy of e-books and digital rights management. After leaving VitalSource, he served as a consultant to numerous health science schools in course and curriculum implementation of technology and content. Dr. Watkins joined ECU School of Dental Medicine in 2008 as the first faculty member and was tasked to develop the initial curriculum and the technologies needed to implement the dental programs. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Dental Education and Informatics where his current research focuses on student, faculty, and program outcomes assessment technologies.
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