ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development

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 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (ADEA/AAL CAAMP). This scholarship supports professional development activities for faculty of color in dental and allied dental education who are in the early to middle 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 leadership skills and advance understanding and mastery of other critical elements of a successful academic career. 

In the ADEA/AAL CAAMP, participants engage in individual, small-group and class-wide exercises and discussions related to:

  • Exploring strategic planning and execution.
  • Learning about academic legal issues.
  • Enhancing communication skills and interpersonal interactions.
  • Conducting effective meetings.
  • Exploring fiscal management and resource allocation.
  • Managing conflict.
  • Supporting faculty development.
  • Learning about character-based leadership models.

Four $2,195 tuition scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Scholarship recipients, or their institutions, will be responsible for lodging and transportation expenses associated with participating in the program, held in Atlanta.

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 include:
  • 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
Applications must be received by November 1, 2017.

Application Process Checklist
The following items must be submitted by November 1, 2017, 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 the applicant’s 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

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Notification Date and Award Announcement
Scholarship recipients and applicants not receiving awards will be notified by February 1, 2018. Awards will be announced at a ceremony during the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Orlando, FL, March 17–20, 2018.

Past Recipients

Dr. Abimbola Adewumi, University of Florida College of Dentistry
Dr. Norma Coleman, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Dr. Patricia Pereira, University of Florida College of Dentistry
Dr. Tamika Thompson-Sloan, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Dr. Bertha Alarcon, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine 
Dr. Thikriat Al-Jewair, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine 
Dr. Nigel Matthews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Dr. Naquilla Thomas, West Georgia Technical College

Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, University of Florida College of Dentistry
Dr. Tanya Gibson, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. Eros Chaves, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Dr. Maria Orellana, University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry
Dr. Luciana Shaddox, University of Florida