Responding to the Looming Faculty Shortage in Allied Dental Education

Dates: Apr 28, 2015
Venue: Noon - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

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New survey data provide evidence that allied dental faculty are aging, and many programs are facing multiple upcoming vacancies and retirements in the coming years. Do schools have succession plans in place and are faculty prepared to assume leadership positions? This webinar will provide an overview of current data regarding the current and predicted faculty workforce in allied dental education. It will discuss the need for mentoring faculty and explore successful mentoring programs for faculty to become our future leaders.

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Presented By:

StolbergRebecca Stolberg, RDH, MSDH, graduated from Eastern Washington University (EWU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1989. In 1996, she was awarded a Master's of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Ms. Stolberg began her teaching career at the UMKC, followed by Texas State Technical College, until she arrived at EWU in 1998. She received tenure as faculty member at EWU in 2004, followed by promotion to full professor in 2010. Professor Stolberg has taught a wide variety of dental hygiene courses throughout her career, but considers her areas of specialties to include ethics, clinical teaching methodology and local anesthesia.   She leads the Department of Dental Hygiene's program in Spokane, WA—Washington State's only Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program. She also directs the web-based Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program at EWU. Professor Stolberg participates in the ADEA Curriculum Change and Innovation (CCI) Oversight Committee and the ADHA/ADEA Work Group. She also speaks at the annual ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors' Conference, and will begin her first year this year as a mentor for the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program. Prof. Stolberg has spent the past few years leading Washington State's efforts to establishment of a mid-level dental hygiene practitioner. She has curriculum approved at EWU for a post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Dental Hygiene Therapy, with hopes of state practice act changes occurring to allow for both advancement of the dental hygiene profession and increased access to dental care for all.

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Learning Objectives:

This webinar will enable participants to:

  1. Describe existing and future faculty shortages in dental education.
  2. Apply faculty mentoring as a vehicle for enhancing leadership development among faculty.
  3. Distinguish between various faculty leadership development programs.

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CE Information: 

ADEA will email participant evaluations shortly after the conclusion of the webinar. If you would like to earn continuing education (CE) credit for your participation in “Responding to the Looming Faculty Shortage in Allied Dental Education," complete the online evaluation in full on or before June 30, 2015. After completing the evaluation, you will have the opportunity to immediately print and save your CE Verification Form.

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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.   

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