Before the ADEA Leadership Institute formally begins, new
Fellows participate in an orientation at the ADEA Annual Session.
After this and before Phase I, Fellows complete preparatory work
(e.g., reading assignments and meetings with their deans) and
receive their peer group assignments for their team project.
Fellows also select topics for their team projects, which they will
work on from their home institutions.
THE TEAM PROJECT
One of the most rewarding aspects of the ADEA Leadership
Institute is working in a team of seven peers. These peer groups
collaborate to conduct a series of interviews with academic,
dental, and legislative leaders (e.g., institution president or
provost, vice president for development, vice president for
academic affairs, state legislator, and state leaders in organized
dentistry). Fellows select interviewees, develop interview
questions, and determine roles for converting information into
presentations of their findings, which take place in Phase II.
Deans and directors help Fellows schedule these interviews.
The peer groups develop position papers on a critical issue in
dental education. Through this process the Fellows:
explore a major issue and acquire a
thorough understanding of it from a broad perspective
gain the perspective of the academic
dental institution in the broad context of that issue, the parent
institution, and the external environment
learn to work in a team learn to
prepare and submit a manuscript for publication