ADEA Leadership Institute

15th Anniversary SealSince 1999, more than 300 faculty and administrators from predoctoral, allied and advanced dental education have participated in the ADEA Leadership Institute. Fellows who have graduated from the Institute hold positions ranging from department chairs to program directors to deans of dental schools.

Melanie E. Mayberry“Participating in the ADEA Leadership Institute was a life-changing experience. The knowledge I gained from my advisor, mentors and my co-Fellows has been invaluable. The other Leadership Institute Fellows and I exchanged ideas, sharpened our problem-solving skills, developed new competencies and expanded our conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Going to Capitol Hill and advocating for important dental public health and dental education issues was exhilarating; I met one-on-one with my senator and congressman, set up a meeting between the congressman and my dean and arranged a dental school tour. The Leadership Institute also provided great guidance with career planning. I am grateful for this rewarding experience.”

Dr. Melanie E. Mayberry
ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow, Class of 2013
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Director of the Pre-doctoral Patient Care Clinic – University Health Center at The Detroit Medical Center


The ADEA Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education.