ADEA LEADE: Leadership Essentials for Allied Dental Educators (Fall 2020)

“Take the LEADE”


Dates: Sept. 14 - Nov. 13, 2020           
Duration: Eight-week course
Location: Online


The ADEA Leadership Essentials for Allied Dental Educators (ADEA LEADE) is an eight-week online course designed to promote leadership and professional development, as well as increase and enhance leadership opportunities, for allied dental faculty.

ADEA LEADE is designed specifically for dental hygiene, dental therapy, dental assisting and dental laboratory technology faculty members who have worked in academics a minimum of two years.

Facilitated by leaders in allied dental education, this highly interactive program will take place completely online through self-paced as well as scheduled weekly activities. The program will be conducted via ADEA eLearn—a digital hub for faculty development.

 The application for Fall 2020 is closed.

Registration Fee


Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • All registrations and reserved events are subject to this cancellation policy. 
  • The ADEA Registrar must receive meeting cancellations in writing by Sept. 11, 2020 to process refunds. 
  • We are not able to accept telephone cancellations.
  • Please email cancellations to
  • A $30 processing fee will be deducted from the refund, which will be issued after the meeting has concluded. 
  • A cancellation received after Sept. 11, 2020, is not eligible for refund or credit. Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure.


  • Develop a productive working relationship with a chosen mentor.
  • Formulate a personal leadership style using a self-assessment inventory. 
  • Prepare a teaching portfolio that includes a current curriculum vitae.
  • Recognize the role of emotional intelligence and emotional maturity on leadership skills.
  • Modify stress levels through work/life integration.
  • Create a blueprint of future short- and long-term goals via mind mapping.  
  • Construct a personal vision statement.
  • Develop conflict management skills.
  • Assess opportunities for fulfilling personal and professional leadership roles. 

Annette Stelter, B.S., M.A., faculty member at West Coast University Department of Dental Hygiene, says participating in ADEA LEADE was "absolutely profound."

"Here I thought I was going into retirement, and now in my 50’s I've gone back to school to get my master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and now my doctoral degree,” Annette Stelter says. She attended the program on the recommendation of her dean, who knew of Annette's interest in ultimately obtaining a full-time faculty position.

To achieve this goal, Annette was planning to pursue a master’s degree in dental hygiene, but she says that ADEA LEADE gave her a taste of what organizational leadership was all about and persuaded her to change direction.

"Until I took the course, I wasn't even considering this as an option,” Annette says.

Annette also praises the structure of the ADEA LEADE program and the way it balances independent and interactive learning. Through the course she made friends across the country, and years later she is still in touch with them.


 Orientation: Getting StartedAnn O'Kelly Wetmore, RDH, B.S.D.H., M.S.D.H.

Week 1:MentoringJoanne Pacheco, RDH, M.A.O.B.

Week 2:What is Leadership and Leadership Assessments Annette Stelter, M.O.L., RDH

Week 3:Work-Life IntegrationLorie Holt, RDH, M.S.D.H., Ph.D.

Week 4:Conflict Management, M.S.D.H., RDH Katie Williams

Week 5:Emotional Intelligence and Emotional MaturityJoanne Pacheco, RDH, M.A.O.B.

Week 6:Curriculum Vitae and Teaching PortfolioJennifer Brame, M.S., RDH

Week 7:Professional and Life Improvement GoalsTanya Villalpando Mitchell, M.S., RDH

Week 8:Future/Personal and Professional Leadership/Opportunities

All facilitators


Participants of this program will be eligible for 25 CE Credits.

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.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 25 continuing education credits.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.