ADEA Leadership Institute at a Glance

Download the 2017-18 ADEA Leadership Institute Call for Nominations.PDF

What is the ADEA Leadership Institute?

The ADEA Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to develop the most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become leaders in dental and higher education.

Who should apply to the ADEA Leadership Institute?

All who are ready to step up to leadership and want to: 

  • Gain decision-making, priority setting and conflict resolution skills—and the knowledge needed to use them effectively.
  • Expand their administrative competencies.
  • Understand the inner workings of a dental education institution—and how it fits into a parent institution.
  • Learn about policy issues affecting academic dentistry.
  • Speak as an advocate with national policymakers.
  • Strengthen relationships within their institutions and nationwide.
  • Emerge with a plan for their careers.

What are the ADEA Leadership Institute Phases, and when and where do they happen?

There is an orientation and four phases in the ADEA Leadership Institute:  

  • Orientation : March 17, 2017, at the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA.
  • Phase I : Personal and Interpersonal Competencies for Leadership, June 28 - July 2, 2017, Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center, St. Louis, MO.
  • Phase II : Legislative Workshop, September 16-19, 2017, ADEA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Phase III : Administrative Competencies for Leadership, January 24-27, 2018, ADEA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Phase IV : Integration, March 17–20, 2018, at the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Orlando, FL.

Each of these phases are interactive sessions with faculty experts, advisors and guest speakers.  These sessions will include lecture, small group discussion, peer group activities and workshops. 

Do Fellows in the ADEA Leadership Institute earn CE credits? 

Yes. ADEA designates this activity for up to 67 continuing education credits. 

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

What is the cost of the ADEA Leadership Institute?

Tuition and fees for the 2017-18 ADEA Leadership Institute are $5,950. 

Tuition and fees include:

  • Resource books and other materials.
  • Speakers, consultants and moderators in all phases and all locations.
  • Group events such as receptions, selected meals and registration for the ADEA Signature Series and Commencement at the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

The nominating institution agrees to pay the Fellow’s full salary and benefits during the fellowship year. The nominating institution is responsible for all travel and personal expenses associated with participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute, including airfare, ground transportation, lodging and some meals. 

Five award programs are available through ADEA that provide assistance to a limited number of fellows each year.

Refund Policy

To receive a refund—minus the $125 application fee—institutions must submit a written participation-cancelation notice (via regular mail or email) within 14 days of the ADEA Leadership Institute printed invoice date. Refunds, which are subject to approval by ADEA, will not be considered for individuals who have already begun participating in the ADEA Leadership Institute program.

Limited Deferments

ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows may request participation deferment for up to one year. Refunds are not issued for deferred participation. Fellows with approved deferments receive ADEA Leadership Institute financial credit applicable to their participation in the following year’s program. Contact Eric Lund at for additional information regarding deferment. 

Why should you apply to the ADEA Leadership Institute?

Fellows come to the ADEA Leadership Institute to prepare for expanded roles in their institutions and the profession. They emerge not only with knowledge and skills, but also greater self-understanding and personal vision for their careers. Academic dental institutions and their deans and program directors also benefit from mentoring outstanding dental educators and contributing to their growth.

Who is eligible for the ADEA Leadership Institute?

A person must be nominated to participate by his or her dean, program director or equivalent administrative leader at an ADEA Member Institution. A nominator may make up to two nominations annually. A nomination should clearly state a nominee’s leadership experience and potential for higher levels of administrative leadership in dental and higher education. The nominator should also indicate the specific ways in which he or she will support the fellow during the fellowship year. 

A nominee must:

  • Demonstrate leadership at his or her institution, in the community or through research. Evidence of leadership may include outstanding success in past and current positions.
  • Have a clear track record of increasing administrative responsibilities.
  • Have experience with responsibilities such as chairing committees, advising student groups or mentoring students and faculty.
  • Have experience with the development of local, regional or national faculty development workshops or community outreach programs.
  • Have a record of scholarly contributions to dental education through teaching or research.
  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.

In addition, the nominee should provide the names of two professional colleagues who will submit letters of recommendation in support of his or her application. Applications were due November 8. 


Contact Mr. Eric Lund, ADEA Professional Development Manager, at 202-289-7201 or with questions.