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7th ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Class Completes Program

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In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 19 new graduates of the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program (ADEA ADFLDP) celebrated the accomplishments of the three-and-a-half-day, intensive educational event designed to heighten their connection to their profession, develop leadership skills, and elevate their standing in the allied dental education community.

The 7th ADEA ADFLDP program challenged the participants in a variety of ways that will ultimately shape them as leaders. Exposed to a rich variety of self and peer assessments before arriving at the June 8-11 program, participants delved deeply into personal style and preferences in leadership during the program.

“At the time it seemed like I was being inundated with too much information,” said attendee Professor Janet Kinney, University of Michigan. “But now that I've had a chance to reread my assessments and take time to reflect upon everything, I understand that everything 'fits' together in a way that will help me best develop my leadership skills.

“During the directors’ meeting (44th Annual National ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference), I had a chance to speak with former Leadership attendees and was curious to hear about their experience. Everyone had a similar response, said how much the program aided in their personal leadership development and, for some, even changed their lives. Many also said that they still refer back to their notebooks from time to time to glean information and bits of insight. I guarantee you that my notebook will always be within an arm's reach from me.”

Attendees spent considerable time in one-on-one consultation with their team advisors Dr. Susan H. Kass of Miami-Dade College, Prof. Wendy E. Kerschbaum of the University of Michigan, and Dr. Colleen M. Brickle of Normandale Community College, as well as onsite leadership coach and presenter Ms. Judith Schechtman of Triangle Associates. Ms. Schechtman also discussed gender differences in leadership, exploring contemporary views on how gender affects leadership and leadership development.

Dr. N. Karl Haden of the Academy of Academic Leadership engaged participants in thoughts of Emotional Intelligence (EI). He discussed EI and understanding the skills and attributes associated with it that are critical predictors of an individual’s ability to succeed in meeting the demands of leadership in complex organizations. In addition, multi-frame thinking was used to view leadership skills based on the Bolman and Deal classic, Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, Leadership.

Prof. Pamela Zarkowski, University of Detroit Mercy, gave a presentation on negotiation and legal and administrative issues across higher education that provided participants with much to think about. Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA Executive Director, rounded out the faculty presentations with a review of “Current Trends Affecting Allied Dental Education and How They Will Impact Your Future as a Leader.” Prof. Kerschbaum concluded the program with a discussion of stress and life balance. Case presentation and analysis and team building exercises were interspersed throughout the program. Participants completed a professional development plan and received peer and coach feedback before completing the program.

The 2011 ADEA ADFLDP participants were:

Anne Clancy, RDH, M.B.A., Kennedy-King College, IL       

Amy E. Coplen, RDH, M.S., Pacific College, OR    

Sandra R. Curren, M.S.Ed., Portland Community College, OR

Deborah Dotson, RDH, M.A., Ph.D., East Tennessee University, TN         

Heidi Emmerling, RDH, Ph.D., Sacramento City College, CA         

Krista M. Hahn, RDH, M.B.A., Manhattan Area Technical College, KS      

Holly Harper,   RDH, M.Ed., Rio Salado College, AZ

Melanie J. Hayes, B.O.H., B.H.S., University of New Castle, AUS 

Janet S. Kinney, RDH, M.S., M.S., University of Michigan, MI

Leslie Koberna, RDH, M.P.H., Ph.D., Texas Women's University, TX        

Danica R. Luedtke, CDA, Salish Kooteni College, MT         

Theresa M. Marks, CDA, M.S., Hagerstown Community College, MD       

Lori McDonald, R.D.A., RDH, Truckee Meadows Community College, NV           

Michele L. McGregor, RDH, M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

Jayne A. McWherter, RDH, M.Ed., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX

Michelle M. Rosko, CDA, Vancouver Community College, BC, Canada    

Joan E. Tonner, CDA, RDH, M.A., St. Petersburg College, FL       

Vickie Kimbrough-Walls, RDH, M.B.A., Truckee Meadows Community College, NV        

Ximena Zornosa, D.M.D., Clayton State University, GA      

The ADEA ADFLDP was generously supported this year by Colgate-Palmolive Co.; Institute for Oral Health; Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company; and Sunstar Americas, Inc.

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