ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program
This Scholar-in-Residence Program honors Enid A. Neidle, former President of ADEA (1985-86). Under her leadership, ADEA adopted its policy of promoting the advancement of women in dental education. The program offers a unique opportunity for a dental educator to concentrate on issues affecting women
The Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence receives a stipend up to $15,000 to engage in a cumulative two- to three-month fellowship at the ADEA headquarters in Washington, DC, to complete research and pursue leadership opportunities. The scholar’s institution continues to provide salary and fringe benefits for the duration of the fellowship experience. While in Washington, DC, the scholar will gain a distinct perspective on issues facing women faculty, including promotion, advancement and tenure policies; entry and re-entry into the workforce; child care and elder care; women’s health; work patterns; advanced education and research opportunities; and other gender-related issues. The scholar will be assigned to a senior ADEA staff member(s) and will be involved in a range of ADEA activities in addition to their principal project. ADEA will be flexible in the arrangement of time away from the scholar’s institution and in the scheduling of protected time to pursue Neidle Scholar leadership and research activities.
The Fellowship Experience
ADEA supports the scholar by providing the opportunity to engage in a range of experiences, including:
- Expanding your professional network through meetings with leaders in higher education;
- Completing an annotated bibliography;
- Gaining an understanding of existing data, programs and resources in your focus area;
- Participating in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill;
- Understanding best research approaches for the planned project;
- Conducting preliminary or exploratory investigation;
- Developing a draft report or preliminary study;
- Establishing a plan to prepare a research plan and identify potential funding sources;
- Participating in special events and meetings for alumni of ADEA scholar and fellow programs; and
- Other experiences, as arranged.
ADEA recognizes that while the scholar has release time from their institution to participate in these programs that responsibilities still exist and time to devote to projects is still limited. For these reasons, ADEA staff work with each scholar to customize an experience that enhances their career and prepares them for future success as a dental educator.
Contacts and Resources
The scholar will connect and network with organizations, associations, governmental leaders and ADEA members to enrich their professional growth, learning and research pursuits.
The outcome(s) of the scholar experience is specific to each individual and the plan set forth at the start of the program.
An applicant must:
- Be a full-time woman faculty member with a primary teaching appointment in a predoctoral or advanced dental educational program at an ADEA Member Institution. (Women junior dental and dental hygiene faculty members are encouraged to apply.)
- Be an ADEA Individual Member.
- Receive prior approval from the Dean or Program Director supporting their application and full participation in the program, if selected as the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence.
The ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) must receive all application materials via email by 12 midnight Eastern Time on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application materials from ADI.
Application materials sent via the postal service or private package carrier must be postmarked by 12 midnight Eastern Time on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. We recommend that you receive a receipt from your postal or package carrier. Upon receiving your application materials, the ADEA ADI team will send the applicant an email confirmation.
Incomplete applications or applications with missing materials will not be considered for the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program.
Send postal mail or private package carrier applications to:
Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program for Women
ADEA Office of Access Diversity and Inclusion
Attn: Kelli Johnson
655 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001
Or email applications to the ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion at email@example.com.
Application Process Checklist
Submit THREE copies of the following documents by Monday, Dec. 6, 2021:
- The completed application form.
- A personal statement addressing the following questions:
A one-page summary that describes the proposed project, including project title.
Annotated bibliography – The scholar will prepare a brief annotated bibliography (two pages maximum) related to their research topic. For examples of annotated bibliographies, see the University of Central Florida, Writing Center or the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Dean or Program Director specifying how the fellowship would benefit the institution and the applicant, and agreeing to pay her salary and fringe benefits for the duration of the ADEA residency experience.
A current curriculum vitae and a one-page summary highlighting experiences relevant to the program.
A formal letter of support from an individual who will serve as a mentor and provide additional support to the applicant.
- What are the applicant’s general interests and expectations for the ADEA residency experience?
- How will this experience help the applicant in her personal development?
- How will this experience help the applicant’s institution, ADEA and ADEA members?
Please contact Dr. Tita Gray at
with any program related questions.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Kelli Johnson at
Applicants for the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program will receive a virtual interview and be notified of the award no later than Feb. 1 of each year. The new Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence awardee will be recognized at the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.
Dr. Heba Elkassaby, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Deepthy Nair, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Dr. Anita Sykes-Smith, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Dr. Michelle Brady, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Dr. M. Nathalia Garcia, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Mary McNally, Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry
Dr. Rhonda Everett, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Ethel Harris, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Dr. Rosalia Rey, University of Florida
Dr. Elena Nazarova, University of Connecticut
Prof. Machelle Thompson, Meharry Medical College
Prof. Sandra Osborne, Howard University
Dr. Karin Quick, University of Minnesota
Dr. Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker, University at Buffalo
Dr. Georgia Dounis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Donna Grant-Mills, Howard University
Dr. Mildred McClain, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Prof. R. Denise Howe, Columbia University
Dr. Wendy Hupp, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Mary Lynn Froeschle, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Nina Markovic, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Paula Nesbitt, Meharry Medical College
Dr. Emrey Moskowitz, Boston University
Dr. Vicky Evangelidis-Sakellson, Columbia University
Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Susan Silverton, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Linda Wells, Baylor College of Dentistry
Dr. Kerry Maguire, University of Colorado Denver