Introduction to the ADEA Governing Process
The American Dental Education Association is an organization run
by its members and has a democratically based governmental
structure that at first appears complex. It really isn't.
Nevertheless, members-especially new ones-would have difficulty
trying to understand the Association by studying its Bylaws. This
is a summary of the Association's structure and its policy-making
How ADEA is Organized
You first must know how ADEA is organized in order to understand
the Association's policymaking procedures. ADEA is organized into four basic
components: (1) the House of Delegates, (2) the Board of Directors,
(3) councils and their administrative boards, and (4) sections.
ADEA House of Delegates
The ADEA House of Delegates is the Association's legislative
(policymaking) body. It convenes twice at each ADEA Annual Session
& Exhibition. The House of Delegates consists of the Board of
Directors (see below) and all or some members of the Association's
seven councils. All members of the ADEA Councils of Deans and
Faculties are delegates. The numbers of delegates from the ADEA
Councils of Allied Dental Program Directors; Hospitals and Advanced
Education Programs; Students, Residents, and Fellows; and the ADEA
Corporate Council are based on percentages of those councils'
members. The number of section delegates depends on the number of
sections. The councilor and chair of each section serve as
The Board of Directors is ADEA's administrative body and is
responsible for running the Association's affairs between ADEA
Annual Sessions. It has 11 members-President, President-elect,
Immediate Past President, the Vice President for each of the seven
Councils, and the Executive Director. The Board of Directors can
establish interim Association policies that are consistent with
existing policies if it apprises the House of its actions at the
next ADEA Annual Session.
Six of the Association's seven councils represent different
constituencies at Member Institutions. The seventh consists of the
councilor and chair of each ADEA section (see below). Councils
represent their constituencies in the Association and at its Member
Institutions. They identify, initiate, and oversee projects and
reports of value to their members and other Association members.
Councils may also participate in the Association's policy-making
process. When requested, they identify potential consultants to the
Board of Directors and other groups. All councils meet at the ADEA
Annual Sessions, and some hold additional meetings between Annual
- The ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors
consists of the directors of dental hygiene, assisting, and
laboratory technology education programs conducted by Member
Institutions. In addition, the council includes directors of
special allied dental education programs at the post-entry level
that lead to a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
- The ADEA Council of Deans consists of the dean of each
U.S. dental school; the chief dental administrative officer of each
affiliate (nondental school) member institution conducting
non-hospital-based postdoctoral dental education programs; the
chief dental officer of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Public
Health Service, and Veterans Administration; and the President of
the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry.
- The ADEA Council of Faculties consists of one faculty
representative from each U.S. dental school.
- The ADEA Council of Hospitals and Advanced Education Programs consists of the chief of dental service and directors
of general practice and specialty residency programs that conduct
postdoctoral dental education programs at Member Institutions.
- The ADEA Council of Sections consists of the councilor
and chair of each of the Association's sections.
- The ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows
consists of one student representative for each of the following
types of programs conducted by all Member Institutions: (1)
programs leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree, (2) postdoctoral
dental education programs, (3) dental hygiene education programs,
(4) dental assisting education programs, and (5) dental laboratory
technology education programs.
- The ADEA Corporate Council consists of the official
representative of each Corporate Member.
Council Administrative Boards: Each council except the Corporate Council has a five-member
administrative board, consisting of a Vice President (who is an
Association officer who serves on the ADEA Board of Directors), a
Chair, a Chair-elect, a Secretary, and a Member-at-Large. Each
administrative board meets at least once between Annual Sessions
and is responsible for planning its council's ADEA Annual Session
program and for managing the council's affairs. Administrative
boards relate to their councils much as the Board of Directors
relates to the House of Delegates.
Each ADEA Individual, Student, Honorary, or Retired Member may
join any of the Association's sections. Each section is concerned
with a particular academic or administrative area. Individual
members may attend the meetings of any sections but can participate
in the business affairs of only those to which they belong. Each
section has a councilor, chair, chair-elect, and secretary. The
section officers function much as the council administrative boards
do, in that they plan their section's ADEA Annual Session meetings
and manage the section's affairs between Annual Sessions.
Standing and Special Committees
From time to time, the ADEA Board of Directors appoints standing
and special committees to assist it in its operations.