Compass Program for Academic Advancement

The American Dental Education Association/Academy for Academic Leadership Compass Program for Academic Advancement is an online course that provides early and mid-career faculty with an understanding of the culture of higher education. The Compass Program presents a variety of skills faculty need for career advancement in many institutions—conducting educational research, writing grant applications, publishing articles and reports, and career planning—with the convenience and affordability of distance learning.

Each module consists of a series of readings; a live, online session of 90 minutes that is recorded and saved on AAL's learning management system for downloading; and a follow-up exercise where you will post your assignment on a discussion board and receive feedback from a Compass instructor and fellow participants.

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Dates & Times:

The Compass Program provides expert training in these areas via four comprehensive distance learning modules, one each week for four weeks, each addressing a critical component necessary for academic advancement.

The Compass Program live sessions will be held on September 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 2015. Each session begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends by 9:30 p.m. Eastern and is recorded for those unable to attend the live presentation or who want to view it again.

During each session, participants can ask questions and share comments verbally as well as through a chat box feature. Assignments are completed after each live session to enable participants to apply the lessons to their own projects and give and receive feedback.


The tuition of $350 includes all class materials.

Group discounts are available for 3 or more faculty attending from the same institution. AAL alumni also receive a discount. For details, contact AAL.

CE Credit:

The American Dental Education Association designates the Compass Program for 20 continuing education credits.

ADEA 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.  This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Education Association and the Academy for Academic Leadership.