2015 ADEAGies Foundation Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP)

Training Program Overview & Goals

The ADEAGies Foundation Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) was founded with the goal of providing students and residents the opportunity to become involved in an academia by providing structured mentoring and insight into what an academic career involves." Through the research requirements and active mentoring for faculty, the program is designed to create a pathway for those who may be considering entering an academic career. To date, over 100 students have completed the program, representing 27 different U.S. and Canadian dental institutions.

The ADCFP consists of faculty and student pairs who will work in collaboration on a research or teaching project. The faculty member will provide mentorship to the student with regard to:

  • Understanding and experiencing the daily experience of a dental school faculty member.
  • Hearing the personal reflections of faculty members via one-on-one interviews.                                         
  • Understanding and applying the best practices in learning and research.                                                                                                    
  • Planning an academic career and navigate the education landscape.

To allow more students and faculty to participate, the 2015 ADCFP was re-designed to:

  • Allow a greater number of students and faculty mentors to participate in the program.
  • Provide the faculty mentor with more training on effective mentoring skills.
  • Provide more opportunities for students to network with their peers in an effort to build a community of student academicians and researchers at each participating institution.

Here’s how the 2015 ADCFP works: 

ADEA is looking for one faculty per dental institution who will serve as the ADCFP Liaison for their program, although each institution will have a cadre of faculty who will serve as mentors.

Interested faculty:

For the 2015-16 year, the ADCFP will focus on faculty development with the specific goals of:
  • Develop the structure for the ADCFP programming at their institution.
  • Becoming an effective mentor.
  • Identifying and recruiting other potential faculty mentors and student fellows at their institutions.
  • Providing a meaningful mentorship program to those students enrolled in the program.

The Academy of Academic Leadership (AAL) and ADEA will provide interested faculty liaisons a hands-on, one day and half training at the 2015 ADEA Annual Session at Boston, MA. on Monday March 9th and Tuesday March 10th. The sessions will orient faculty to the goals, components, and expectations of the ADCFP Fellowship.

  • Monday March 9th 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday March 10th 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Only one faculty member per institution need apply to be a liaison and attend training, although all faculty are welcome to attend the training!

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Interested students

Please contact a faculty mentor of choice and ask them to register for the training program (see above). Each student applicant must identify a main academic track that they want to pursue: teaching (clinical/didactic) or research (biomedical/clinical/education) as well as a faculty mentor who agrees to mentor the student for the year in that specific track.  The applicant must be in “good academic standing” as verified by the Academic Dean. Learn more about the program components and expectations. All students who complete the program will be invited to participate in the 2016 ADEA Annual Session Poster Session in Denver, Colorado!

Any questions about the ADEAGies Foundation ADCFP or the application process should be directed to

Dr. Anthony Palatta
Senior Director for Educational Program Development