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Three Nominated for ADEA President-elect

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Members of the ADEA House of Delegates will vote for ADEA's next President-elect at the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California. The ADEA Board of Directors has accepted the recommendation of the ADEA Nominating Committee and slated as the candidates for 2011-12 ADEA President-elect:

  •  Gerald N. Glickman, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., J.D. 
  •  Diane C. Hoelscher, D.D.S., M.S. 
  •  Sheila H. Koh, D.D.S., MAGD 

Their statements follow.

Dr. GlickmanGerald N. Glickman, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., J.D.

I am deeply privileged to be a candidate for President-elect of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). For 25 years, I have been actively involved in ADEA and in dental education. As one of the founding members of the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI), I share the basic belief that we can lead change in dental, allied dental, and advanced dental education.

This is why I seek your vote for President-elect of ADEA-because I believe I can make a lasting, positive impact throughout the Association. I will engage each constituency of our membership to continue to enhance all aspects of dental education, to identify areas where change is most necessary, and to promote policies and procedures to implement such change.

As an example of my leadership skills, this past year I served as President of the American Association of Endodontists. There, I pushed for increased access to care and was heartened when AAE members volunteered to provide free endodontic treatment to underserved patients at our annual meeting. It is always a great honor to serve and to see the tangible results of that service.

My passion for dental education is not a fleeting interest. It has spanned the scope of my career and has been reflected in my activities in ADEA. Within a year of accepting my first educational position at Baylor College of Dentistry, I was elected to the ADEA Council of Faculties, where I proudly represented Baylor for eight years. In the years since, I have chaired the Sections on Endodontics and Graduate and Postgraduate Education, and served as Councilor for both Sections for a combined 12 years. In 1998, I was elected Member-At-Large for the Council of Sections Administrative Board, eventually becoming ADEA Vice President for Sections from 2002 to 2005. Another recent accomplishment has been leading the Council of Section task force that developed the Competencies for the New General Dentist and is now completing a Foundation Knowledge document to support the competencies. I also currently chair the Administrative Board of the Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs; in that role, I am working with dozens of educators to develop the Fourth ADEA Advanced Dental Education Summit for fall 2011. These opportunities have been deeply rewarding and have provided critical learning experiences for me; more importantly, I am confident that my contributions have become part of a larger mission benefitting our entire community.

In fact, the process of lifelong learning is incredibly important for all of us-it is essential to our profession. We need to give our members, our students, our faculties, our constituencies the tools for self-direction and self-reflection. By doing so, we instill in them a spirit of inquiry-a spirit that begins at entry level and continues throughout dental education and to personal life beyond. ADEA must play a significant role in that process, and it is why I intend to focus my attention on fostering lifelong learning as an elected representative of the Association.

I am an eternal optimist bursting with enthusiasm for our future. I am also a pragmatist. I recognize that our dental education community faces many challenges ahead and I intend to approach them with clear eyes, an abiding sense of purpose, and a recognition that we are all in this together. To quote an old Hopi Indian saying, "one finger cannot lift a pebble;" our success depends on our ability to work together. If elected, each member of ADEA can count on me to diligently and relentlessly represent their interests with integrity, passion, and constant energy. Together, we can accomplish great things and as such, I seek your support and your vote.


Diane C. Hoelscher, D.D.S., M.S.Diane C. Hoelscher, D.D.S., M.S.

I am honored to be considered for the position of President-elect of the American Dental Education Association. ADEA has been an integral part of my career and I'm excited by this opportunity to "pay it forward" and serve this Association, which has done so much in support of so many.

In making a choice for President-elect, it's important to consider leadership qualities and understand the candidate's capacity to communicate and represent both within and outside ADEA. As President-elect I will serve as a communicator, connector, and promoter to be sure the voice of dental education is heard and understood.

My experiences have uniquely prepared me to serve as President-elect. I practiced as a dental hygienist and dentist before joining the faculty 20 years ago. I've taught operative dentistry, served as interim Chair of Operative Dentistry, and now chair the Department of Patient Management. Patient Management is a microcosm of developing areas in dental education-comprehensive patient care, evidence-based dentistry, ethics, behavioral science, community dentistry, plus an AEGD program. Leading this department requires an understanding of curriculum development and assessment, particularly in light of ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) best practices and new CODA requirements. We collaborate across disciplines and I lead by communicating, connecting, promoting, and representing.

From my first experiences on the administrative board of the Special Interest Group for Career Development of the New Educator to a stimulating year in the ADEA Leadership Institute, mentors, coupled with ADEA resources, have supported my development as a leader. Working as a member of the ADEA Council of Faculties (ADEA COF), on the COF administrative board and as ADEA Vice President for Faculties has engendered a strong appreciation for the needs and capacities of a broad range of faculty members. As a member of the ADEA Board of Directors, I balanced representation of an individual council with promotion of the broader mission and directions of the Association. Representing the ADEA Board at meetings with the American Dental Association and the American College of Prosthodontists deepened my appreciation of issues affecting dental education and the need for advocacy and collaboration.

As ADEA President-elect, I would communicate optimism regarding the future of dental education and oral health care. We are facing significant challenges, such as faculty shortages, changing student demographics, the rising cost of dental education, and uncertainty regarding new oral health professionals. But there are also abundant opportunities. The ADEA CCI has brought to light needed changes and recommended approaches. To some, the changes may seem threatening, to others exhilarating. Ultimately, it's about people and making sure they have the information and opportunities for development they need to navigate change and maximize their creative and intellectual capacities. This involves faculty development. There has been much progress in this area, but more can be done to reach educators at their institutions, in their offices, through their own computers. Good examples are the ADEA Curriculum Resource Center and MedEdPORTAL. The collective talents of ADEA staff and individual and institutional members will help us make this leap.

As a past member of the ADEA Annual Session Program Committee, please indulge me as I play with session themes to summarize the opportunities we face as ADEA members: It's not too hard to Imagine an Association Creating Opportunities for Curriculum Change: It's time now for Interprofessional collaboration, Teaching and Learning Together for Better Health, understanding Access and Diversity, and Exceeding student Expectations.

I thank you for taking the time to read this statement, for your interest in the election and your dedication to ADEA. I believe I have the qualities and experience to best represent the many facets of ADEA and serve as an effective communicator, connector, and promoter of the Association and its members.

Sheila H. Koh, D.D.S., MAGDSheila H. Koh, D.D.S., MAGD

As a dental educator convinced of the value of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), I am honored to be nominated for the position of President-elect. My first active participation with ADEA was in 1994. I attended the Seattle Association of American Dental Schools (AADS) meeting, which helped shape my continuing involvement in ADEA. What stands out as particularly valuable was a discussion of the array of issues that faculty face daily. My new colleagues and I realized how similar our institutional challenges were and this helped us see how we could help each other. I still feel that same excitement today!

Since graduating from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch, I have been actively involved for 20 years in predoctoral, postdoctoral, and dental hygiene education as program director and faculty. My diverse experiences have given me the opportunity to see firsthand the importance of ADEA and its collaborations with academic dental, health care, and government entities.

My long involvement and service demonstrate my commitment to ADEA and give me a rich background to draw upon. My legislative experiences sharpened my desire for more national involvement. I "graduated" from the Association's Faculty Legislative Workshop. I was a member of the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee. I served as the 2003-04 ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc. Harry W. Bruce Jr. Legislative Fellow. I served as a board member for the Postdoctoral General Dentistry Section and the Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs and then ADEA Vice President for Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs. I am a member of the Annual Session Program Committee and was a member of the 2004, 2006, and 2008 planning committees for the ADEA Advanced Dental Education Summit. In 2008, I was awarded the ADEA Presidential Citation in recognition of my contributions to dental education.

I aspire to give back to ADEA, which has meant so much to me personally and professionally. I am committed to building upon the foundation of excellence established by my predecessors: nurturing young leaders for the dental profession and academic ranks; promoting stellar educational programming and professional development for every ADEA member; advancing enrichment, recruitment, and retention programs for faculty; and promoting interprofessional education, collaborations, and understanding across our many councils and sections. I am ready to collaborate with you as we embrace the challenges facing our institutions in these difficult economic times.

ADEA is the true Voice of Dental Education. I am proud of ADEA's accomplishments and what the organization will continue to do to achieve its goals for individuals and institutions. ADEA is well-served by Dr. Richard W. Valachovic and staff, and I would be honored to work hand in hand with them. If elected, I will work with all segments of the ADEA membership to achieve our mission and establish future strategies for continued growth and vibrancy. I will strive to advance the Association's strategic goals and to provide the steady hand of leadership based upon my strong work ethic, knowledge, and leadership experiences within and outside of ADEA.

I ask for your vote as I seek to give back and share my experiences and commitment to dental education and the Association.

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