Deans and Program Directors

  • 2019 ADEA Call for Programs, Posters & TechExpos
    At the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, tell your story of collaboration—whether it is within your school or program, across campuses and universities, with industry or governmental partners or on an international scale. The future of dental education is in our hands to define. It is a time of great promise, optimism and hope. Let’s gather in the “Windy City”—hailed as “the next big place for innovation”—to celebrate our unique abilities and spirit in ways that advance our profession, better prepare our students and embrace our role in our global community. Learn more

  • 2018 ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference
    The ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference (ADEA ADPDC) is the only conference developed exclusively for allied dental program directors, by allied dental program directors. We hope you are able to join us this June for Setting Sail for Success, which is the theme this year. The meeting will feature outstanding keynote speakers, breakout sessions on pertinent topics in dental education; specifically designed for your discipline; poster sessions; CODA policy updates, Q&A sessions and information to prepare for accreditation site visits; and networking with peers and ADEA Corporate Members. Learn more

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  • ADEA Snapshot of Dental Education, 2017–2018
    The ADEA Deans’ Briefing Book contains topics of interest to dental school deans, program directors, faculty, students, residents, and fellows. It presents data on a variety of topics and suggests a perspective on these data.

    The emphasis of the report is on trends, particularly historical trends, about dental schools, advanced dental education programs, and allied dental programs. Learn more

  • Charting Progress
    ADEA's Charting Progress is a monthly e-newsletter by ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic examining critical issues in dental education. Learn more

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  • ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map
    This interactive map provides current information on state legislation of interest to academic dentistry for all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more

  • Data, Analysis & Research
    Data includes historical trends on applications, enrollment and demographics; faculty positions and demographics, along with historical trends on vacancies and separations; and trends in debt and tuition. Sources include ADEA’s annual surveys and research on trends in dental education.  Learn more

  • ADEA Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
    ADEA recognizes achievement and distinction among its members through an awards program. Each year, in the summer, ADEA opens award nominations. Self-nominations from individual members are accepted for many of these awards, which range from $1,000 scholarships to $25,000 fellowships supporting leadership development.  Learn more

  • Allied Dental Education Resources
    Available resources include:

    • The 2016 ADEA Dental Hygiene Clinical Licensure Survey Summary and Results, which shows overwhelming support for eliminating the human subject component of the dental hygiene exam.

    • The ADEA Compendium of Curriculum Guidelines for Allied Dental Education Programs (May 2015-16)

    • Competencies for allied dental education. 

    • Information about the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors. 

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Featured Publications

Examining America's Dental Safety NetThis paper examines the persistent unmet need for dental care and outlines the contributions of dental safety net providers, including academic dental institutions, in addressing it. Learn more

Diversifying the Dental Workforce and Maximizing Community Care: Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) 2006–2015This policy report provides a brief discussion of dental school applicant and enrollment trends by race/ethnicity. Dental provider shortages in under­served geographic areas are also explored, along with underrepresented minority (URM) dentists and U.S. racial/ethnic population parity data. The report also highlights the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a program that is posi­tively impacting the number of students interested in serving underserved communities and URM dentists entering dental school and graduating. 
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The Role of Dental Education in the Prevention of Opioid Prescription Drug MisuseThe impact of the opioid epidemic has been felt in communities in all 50 U.S. states. Curbing the epidemic’s exponential trajectory requires special attention from dental educators. Academic dental institutions are using a variety of methods to mitigate substance misuse, including curriculum and clinical protocol changes. Dental educators are key to teaching best practices in prescribing to the next generation of practicing dentists. This policy brief highlights strategies that demonstrate academic dentistry’s contributions to combating the opioid epidemic. 
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Journal of Dental EducationThe Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is a peer-reviewed monthly journal that publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. Learn more