ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship


This public policy fellowship provides a unique learning experience in Washington, DC. The fellowship is designed to familiarize dental school faculty or administrators with the federal legislative process as it relates to dental education, dental research, and the oral health of the nation.


The fellowship coincides with congressional consideration of the federal budget and other legislative and regulatory activities important to dental education and research. The fellow functions as a staff member within the Advocacy and Governmental Relations office and works on specific ADEA legislative priorities. The ADEA Advocacy and Governmental Relations office strives to appropriately match the fellow's interests and expertise with current issues before Congress. Past issues on which fellows have worked include Medicare, graduate medical education, federal support for health professions training programs, Ryan White HIV/AIDS dental reimbursement, higher education taxation, and student loan funding. The fellow's responsibilities may include drafting policy, legislative language, position papers, and testimony; educating members of Congress and other decision makers on matters of importance to dental education; and participating in gatherings of various national coalitions. The fellow receives a taxable stipend of $15,000 to cover travel and expenses for approximately three months (cumulative) in Washington, DC. (ADEA is flexible in the arrangement of time away from the fellow's institution.) The fellow's institution continues to provide salary support for the duration of the experience. Since its inception in 1985, the Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellowship has been generously underwritten by Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • be a full-time faculty member or administrator at an ADEA Member Institution
  • be an ADEA Individual Member

Application Process Checklist

Submit the following:

  • the completed ADEA Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships Application form  
  • a personal statement describing what the applicant anticipates from the fellowship, how the fellowship will benefit the applicant's institution, and the applicant's relevant experience
  • a letter of recommendation from the applicant's dean or chief institutional officer endorsing the candidate and specifying the institution's commitment to pay the candidate's salary and fringe benefits for the duration of the ADEA residency experience
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • two confidential letters of recommendation mailed directly to ADEA

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Return applications to

Ms. Yvonne Knight
Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Governmental Relations
1400 K Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Please contact Yvonne Knight at 202-289-7201, ext. 165, or with any questions.

Interview, Notification, and Award Announcement

Finalists were notified to schedule an interview with the selection committee, which occured at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX, March 15-18, 2014. The recipient of the fellowship was recognized at a plenary session during the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Past Recipients

Dr. Alison Glascoe, Howard University College of Dentistry

Dr. Mark S. Schweizer, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Harinder Sandhu, University of Western Ontario

Brooke S. Bodart, Indiana University South Bend College of Health Sciences

Ms. Sheryl "Kim" Chambers, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Gregory A. Stoute, Boston University

Dr. Janet E. Leigh, Louisiana State University

Dr. Joan E. Kowolik, Indiana University

Dr. Steven D. London, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Carol F. Anderson, University of Maryland

Prof. Mary George, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sheila Koh, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Randy Kluender, University of Colorado School of Dentistry

Dr. Paula K. Friedman, Boston University

Dr. Charles J. Alexander, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Albert J. Whitehead, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Victor M. Badner, Montefiore Medical Center
Dr. Gary E. Jeffers, University of Detroit Mercy
Dr. R. Ivan Lugo, Temple University
Dr. Anne Wells, University of Louisville

Dr. Harvey C. Eplee, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. Nicholas G. Mosca, University of Mississippi Medical Center 

Dr. William Dodge, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Sharon Hill, Baylor College of Dentistry

Dr. Gary Jeffers, University of Detroit Mercy

Dr. William Buchanan, University of Louisville

Dr. Joseph Grasso, University of Connecticut

Dr. Cheryl Cameron, University of Washington

Dr. Thomas Taft, Marquette University

Dr. Fred More, University of Michigan

Dr. Robert Barsley, Louisiana State University

Dr. Stephen Young, University of Oklahoma

Dr. David Nash, University of Kentucky