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.