Bulletin of Dental Education

New Dental Educators Learn Skills to Succeed in Academia

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Launched in 2006 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, the American Dental Education Association/Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning (ADEA/AAL ITL) took its first group of 24 participants from 13 dental schools and five private practitioners and taught them the skills needed to successfully navigate academic dentistry. The program continues today, preparing participants to become more effective teachers and developing skills that will facilitate confidence, job satisfaction, and professional growth in the academic environment.

When surveyed, nearly all who have completed the course would recommend it to a colleague. Those new to academic dentistry benefit from hands-on experience with key teaching tasks and cognitive theories, exploration of strategies to enhance motivation and student learning styles, learning the best way to work with Gen Y students and how to get complete teaching self-assessments, and reviewing research on educational best practices.

The six and a half-day ADEA/AAL ITL program is held over two long weekends at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program offers 50 hours of continuing education credits and has a between-phases webinar and a teach-back lecture that participants can practice delivering at their home institution. The application deadline is April 30, 2010. For more information and to register, visit www.academicleaders.org/itl.htmlor contact AAL at info@academicleaders.org or 404-350-2098.
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