Deans and Program Directors

  • Celebrating Our Collaborative Spirit
    Join our 2019 Celebration in Chicago. The future of dental education is ours 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

  • Webinars
    The next ADEA eLearn webinar—What's Causing This Issue? Effective Problem-Solving, Part 1 —takes place Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
    Dental educators strive to provide meaningful educational experiences for students that ultimately translate into high-quality care. To improve our skills, we regularly attend professional development activities both at work and in our free time. We talk with our colleagues to learn from their experiences. In short, continually improving our craft is deeply ingrained in our culture. Yet, occasionally we encounter problems that aren’t easy to solve, and our first attempts at resolution are not effective. Learn to reflect and identify solutions to unsolved problems with this two-part series on effective problem-solving. In this first session, we will review the “Five Whys” and discuss how utilizing a fishbone diagram can help identify the underlying causes of any challenge. 
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  • ADEA Snapshot of Dental Education, 2018–2019
    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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  • 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

Report of the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for PracticeThe Report of the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice (Sept. 2018) is an important call-to-action that tackles issues of significant importance to the dental profession and the public they serve.


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Our Future Faculty—The Importance of Recruiting Students and Residents to Academic Dentistry

Predoctoral and allied dental students, as well as residents, must be made aware of the benefits of academic dentistry and the specific initiatives that will help them explore careers in dental education. Data indicate that the time to address the future shortage of dental educators is now

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Intraprofessional Dental Education: Where Do We Stand?Trends in health care practice indicate that teams produce more effective patient outcomes than individuals providing clinical care. Learn more

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