Who We Are
As the sole national organization representing academic
dentistry, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the
voice of dental education.
ADEA members are more than 21,000 students, faculty, staff, and
administrators from all of the U.S. and Canadian dental schools,
many allied and advanced dental education programs, and numerous
corporations working in oral health education.
Dental education is a broad and varied field that trains people
as general dentists, specialists, dental hygienists, dental
assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. ADEA membership
mirrors this diversity.
ADEA also fosters interconnected community experiences that
enable members to meet their individual goals while leveraging
their collective strength.
Education is a dynamic process, and science changes continually.
Understanding and implementing change is key to improving the
learning process and producing extraordinary dental practitioners.
ADEA members determine best practices for dental education and
encourage changes in dental education programs and institutions
that will benefit everyone.
ADEA members come together to advocate effectively for public
policy issues essential to dental educators and researchers,
especially access to dental care, a necessary element to improved
Since its founding in 1923, ADEA has existed to serve the
curious youngster wondering how to become a dentist, the
hardworking educator training the dental professionals of the
future, and those striving for scientific or public policy
improvements in oral health care.