Program Components

For both the teaching and research tracks, program participants will be expected to develop and complete a final culminating research-oriented project, to be presented at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Boston, MA. The other component will be the development of a Fellow Portfolio.

More details regarding the program components will be provided at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition training program.

  • Fellow Portfolio: The portfolio will include the following components:
    • An Action Plan for the year. This plan will include a brief description of the final culminating research project, a preliminary timeline to complete the project and other professional and personal goals the fellow plans to achieve. Each fellow-mentor pair will have latitude in designing their own program in coordination with ADEA and AAL that is unique to their institution and student-mentor goals.
    • Two career reflection essays: Fellows will write a career reflection essay at the start and the conclusion of the fellowship. The purpose of the essays is to encourage fellows to accomplish four introspective tasks:
      • Reflect on why they are interested in an academic career.
      • Identify priorities for the professional component of their lives.
      • Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching based on their experiences in dental or hygiene school.
      • Describe their impressions of being a dental or hygiene school faculty member, including motivations and disincentives.
    • Three faculty interviews to engage with current clinical and research faculty and learn about the specific paths they took to become faculty members and their points of view about pursing an academic career.
    • Two semester literature reviews: Fellows will read and respond to current literature in regard to increasing dental school faculty.
    • Four monthly journal reactions: Fellows will submit four reaction papers (one page minimum) responding to their experiences in the program as well as their evolving points of view regarding academic or research careers in dentistry.
  • Final Culminating Research-Oriented Project: This project will be presented at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Boston, MA. The project will be developed by the fellow and faculty mentor with assistance and support from ADEA and AAL.
    • Academic/Clinical Teaching Track: The project could be designing a course syllabus, teaching didactic/clinical courses, creating a course activity and assessing the outcomes. The activity should result in the form of a publishable paper, white paper or poster.
    • Research Track: Biomedical/clinical/educational research resulting in the form of a publishable paper or white paper.