About the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors

The Council of Allied Dental Program Directors consists of the directors of dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology education programs in each active, provisional, and affiliate member institution. In member institutions offering more than one allied dental education program, the person (or an alternate) who is the department/division chair or head is also a member of the Council. Council membership may also include the directors (or their alternates) of special allied dental education programs at the post-entry level that lead to a baccalaureate or advanced degree. In addition, a member of the Administrative Board who is no longer in any of the above categories may remain a member of the Council for the duration of his or her term.


The mission of the Council of Allied Dental Program Directors is to represent and promote allied dental education within the policies, procedures, and activities of the American Dental Education Association.


  • Foster leadership and advance the quest for academic
    excellence among allied dental educators
  • Advocate, represent and promote allied dental education
    programs in all types of educational settings Serve as the resource for ADEA on all matters and issues related to allied dental education
  • Support current ADEA strategic directions in leadership, teaching and learning, service and research


Its purpose is to provide representation of all allied dental education programs, to coordinate discussion regarding allied dental education's key issues and advise the Board of Directors regarding issues affecting the allied dental community.

Priorities include having an active voice on educational issues which affect allied students, faculty and administration on a local, regional, or national level.  This may, but not limited to, include:

  • Providing support services to non-dental school institutions
  • Enhancing leadership skills for allied dental administrators and faculty
  • Facilitating curricular reform in allied dental education
  • Maintaining relevance in accreditation, licensing and credentialing mechanisms
  • Developing relationships and collaborations with other related associations
  • Encouraging allied dental faculty diversity, recruitment, retention, and development
  • Enhancing diversity in allied dental student recruitment
  • Preparing the workforce of the future
  • Ensuring educational quality in new oral healthcare workforce models
  • Determining data sets that will be useful for allied dental education and faculty


  • Allied Faculty Leadership Development Program
  • Allied Dental Program Directors Conference
  • Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (DHCAS)
  • ADEA/AAL Institute of Allied Health Educators


Spring: Meeting at the Annual Session & Exhibition
Summer: During the Allied Dental Program Directors Conference
Winter: Administrative Board meeting in Washington, DC (Administrative Board only)