ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development

ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders

July 10 - 14, 2017 | New England

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 Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders . This scholarship supports professional development activities for faculty of color in dental and allied dental education in the early stages of their careers.

The ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarships for Professional Development, ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders were created to enable junior faculty (up to three years of experience) 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. 

This three-and-a-half day program covers topics such as leadership styles, team building and time management that are essential to planning and implementing a successful academic career. The highly interactive program has been designed specifically to give faculty guidance, insight and skills to propel their careers, and is suited for junior faculty members, whether they recently joined their institutions after a residency or after time spent in private practice. The programming includes onsite sessions led by preeminent experts in dental education, readings, assignments and team-building exercises. Additionally, each participant is assigned to a peer group tasked with helping its members implement the topics discussed and learn to manage the pressures of being a new faculty member. These peer groups are facilitated by leaders in dental education, who themselves are graduates of the ADEA/AAL Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders or the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Four $1,695 tuition scholarships will be awarded in 2017. Scholarship recipients, or their institutions, will be responsible for lodging and transportation expenses associated with participating in the program held in New England. 

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 
Applications must be received by November 1, 2016.           

Application Process Checklist 
The following items must be submitted by November 1, 2016, 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, 2017. The award will be announced during the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA, March 18–21, 2017.

Past Recipients 

Dr. Mai-Ly Duong, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health 
Dr. Ngozi Nwizu, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston 
Dr. Reginald Salter, Howard University College of Dentistry 
Dr. Antonia Teruel, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine


Dr. Todd Ester, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Dr. Tanya Gibson, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. Nicole Holland, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine