2017 ADEA/AAL Compass Program for Academic Advancement

Dates: Aug 31-Sep 28, 2017
Location: Course Orientation and Four Weekly Sessions, Online

Online Registration is currently closed for this event.

Registration deadline: August 30, 2017

The Compass Program for Academic Advancement is an online course that presents a variety of non-teaching skills and strategies to faculty: conducting research, writing grant applications, publishing articles and reports and career planning.

The Compass Program for Academic Advancement provides early and mid-career faculty with an understanding of the culture of higher education. You will learn a variety of skills needed for career advancement in many institutions-conducting educational research, writing grant applications, publishing articles and reports and career planning-with the convenience and affordability of distance learning.

Four weekly sessions are presented live and are recorded, with assignments to enable you to apply the lessons to your own projects and exchange feedback with other participants.

Curriculum Information:

Each module consists of a series of readings; a live, online session of 90 minutes that is recorded and saved on AAL's learning management system for downloading; and a follow-up exercise where you will post your assignment on a discussion board and receive feedback from a Compass instructor and fellow participants.

Individual session dates and times:

  • August 31, 2017, from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Course Orientation)
  • September 7, 2017, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Course Module)
  • September 14, 2017, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Course Module)
  • September 21, 2017, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Course Module)
  • September 28, 2017, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Course Module) 

Each of the Compass Program live sessions will be recorded and made available to those unable to attend the live presentation or who want to view it again.

Course module topics:

  • Conducting Educational Research: This module will show you how to design qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods educational research projects.
  • Writing for Publication: You will discover the tips and tricks for getting a reviewer on your side. Receive online feedback about your strategies for the publishing process.
  • Grant Writing: Learn the art and science behind writing successful grant applications from professionals with a record of funding success.
  • Career Planning and Development: Developing a career involves recognizing the emphasis placed on three critical activities: service, teaching and research. Receive online feedback on academic career goal setting.

Tuition Information:

The tuition of $395 includes all class materials.

New in 2017, enroll multiple faculty members by selecting the tier that best fits the development needs of your institution:

  • The Tier 1 Site License entitles the institution to a 20% discount on 5 to 15 participants.
  • The Tier 2 Site License provides a 25% discount on 16 or more participants.

Institutions receive the discount when the following occurs:

  • Notification of the intent to send multiple faculty is received in advance so AAL can provide the appropriate discount code.
  • If the institution is paying, multiple attendees register at the same time indicating payment by the same institutional check, PO, or credit card.
  • If each participant is paying individually, multiple attendees register at the same time and the discount will be divided evenly between the participants.

Alternatively, AAL alumni receive a $50 discount (cannot be combined with a tiered licensing discount).

To arrange for these discounts, please contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively  or call 404-350-2098.

Refund policy: View the refund policy.  

CE Information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

ADEA designates the Compass Program for 20 continuing education credits. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL).


For Further Information:

Please visit AAL’s website or contact AAL Director of Professional Development  Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively

Contact: Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively