ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development

ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning 

August 11-13 and October 13-15, 2016

Atlanta, GA

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and AAL, with support from the ADEAGies Foundation, announce the ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development, ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning. This scholarship supports professional development activities for faculty of color in dental and allied dental education who are in the early stages of their careers.

The ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development were created to enable faculty of color to participate in programs that will improve their teaching abilities, increase their leadership skills and advance their understanding and mastery of other critical elements of a successful academic career. 


The ADEA/AAL ITL is the premier teacher training program for full- and part-time dental, dental hygiene, dental assisting, dental laboratory technician educators and private practitioners embarking on new careers in academia. The two-phase program is targeted to the new faculty member who needs to learn the best practices for teaching, the experienced faculty member who needs tools to work with a new generation of learners, and the private practice dentist or dental hygienist who is planning or considering a transition to an academic career.

Four recipients will each be awarded a $4,950 tuition scholarship in 2016. Scholarship recipients, or their institutions, will be responsible for lodging and transportation expenses associated with participating in both phases of the program held in Atlanta, GA.

All are welcome to apply. Those from the following historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply: 

  • Black or African American.
  • Hispanic/Latino(a).
  • American Indian.

Eligibility Requirements 
An applicant must: 

  • Agree to the terms of scholarship, which includes:
    • Participating in the program’s entirety.
    • Completing a post-program report within 90 days of program completion describing the impact of the scholarship on his or her professional development. The report will be submitted to the ADEAGies Foundation. Additionally, the applicant may be asked to participate in a video testimonial of the scholarship’s impact on his or her professional development. Portions of the report and video may be used for ADEA and AAL promotional purposes. 
  • Be nominated by the dean of his or her dental school or program director of his or her allied dental education program. No more than two nominations per school per program tuition scholarship are permitted
  • Be a full- or part-time educator or administrator at an ADEA Member Institution.
  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.

Application Deadline 
All applications must be received on or before November 2, 2015.       

Application Process Checklist 
The following items must be submitted on or before November 2, 2015, using the ADEA online application process: 

  • A completed ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development application form, including a personal statement describing the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses as a faculty member and a summary describing any previous professional development he or she has experienced;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • One letter of recommendation from a colleague stating why the applicant should be considered for the tuition scholarship;
  • One letter of nomination from the dean of the applicant’s dental school or the program director of his or her allied dental education program, stating how the applicant’s participation will benefit the applicant and institution.

Receipt of entries cannot be acknowledged. Incomplete applications or late submissions will not be considered. 

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

Notification Date and Award Announcement 

Scholarship recipients and applicants not receiving awards will be notified by February 1, 2016. The award will be announced during the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Denver, March 12–15, 2016. 

Past Recipients 

Dr. Edward Bradford, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Prof. Marina Davar, Beckfield College 
Dr. Bruno Jham, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Dr. Ysidora Torrealba, University of Alberta School of Dentistry

Prof. Hiwet Ephrem, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Dr. Denise Mills, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona 
Prof. Lattice Sams, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Dr. Luz Aguirre, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Dr. Tanya Gibson, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry
Dr. Carla Rodriguez, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Dr. Gisela M. Velasquez, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston