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Statements of the Nominees for 2023-24 Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors

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Members of the ADEA House of Delegates will vote for the Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors at the 2023 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Portland, OR. The ADEA Board of Directors has accepted the recommendations of the ADEA Nominating Committee and slated two candidates for the 2023–24 Chair-elect: Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S., and Susan H. Kass, M.Ed., Ed.D., RDH. Following are their personal statements.

Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S.
Professor of Comprehensive Dentistry
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

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Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S.

I am greatly honored to be named a nominee for Chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association Board of Directors. As a long-time faculty and active member of ADEA, I know this nomination is evidence of the many leadership and development opportunities ADEA and others have provided me.

First, ADEA has provided me many opportunities for which I am thankful—as Section Councilor, Chair of two Sections, Chair of Reference Committees, and as Delegate for the ADEA Council of Advanced Education Programs. I also currently serve on the ADEA Policy and Research Advisory Committee. Additionally, participation in the career changing ADEA Leadership Institute allowed me the opportunity to know more closely N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., and the staff and fellows of ADEA.

My most valued professional opportunities and experiences have come from teaching students and residents as Course Director in the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry and teaching our medical, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students in the UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and UT Health San Antonio School of Health Professions. Through this work, my personal efforts are multiplied in the careers of our past, current and future students and faculty. The opportunities in course leadership, leading curriculum development/evaluation and in faculty mentoring have made my career richer and deeper than I ever could have imagined at its start. In particular, fellow faculty William Hendricson, M.A., M.S., was wonderfully instrumental in aiding my professional development.

My institution provided me the opportunity to serve as Director of Postdoctoral Programs in both Advanced Education in General Dentistry and General Practice Residency, Director of a postdoctoral division and clinics in special care dentistry and hospital dentistry, Chair of a hospital department and Interim Associate Dean for Advanced Education.

My term in 2020-21 as Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, combined with four years’ service as a Commissioner and 30 years’ service as a Site Visitor and Consultant, has deepened my working knowledge of and appreciation for the accreditation process. I am grateful to CODA Director Sherin Tooks and Manager Peggy Soeldner for their many years of advice and counsel.

The opportunity to author and direct over $30 million in federal grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has benefitted me and our faculty, residents, students and our underserved and disenfranchised patients. With HRSA, I have served and advocated for care of underserved patients on their Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. And, I have served on the Council on Scientific Affairs for the American Dental Association 

I had the opportunity to serve in domestic dental missions and to lead 12 dental missions to foreign countries teaching students and residents in the care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as neurotypical individuals.

I have also been given opportunity as a Board Member and President of the Special Care Dentistry Association and Executive Board Member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. I’m grateful to Allen Wong, D.D.S., Ed.D., of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for his friendship and example.

Whatever the outcome of this nomination, I am confident that through ADEA I’ll continue to have opportunity to lead and advocate for students, residents, faculty and patients.

Susan H. Kass, M.Ed., Ed.D., RDH
Program Coordinator, Dental Hygiene
Miami Dade College

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Susan H. Kass, M.Ed., Ed.D., RDH

It is a privilege and an honor to be nominated for Chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association Board of Directors. I have been a dental hygiene educator and Program Director at Miami Dade College for over 46 years (how is that possible if I’m only 55 years old!?). The college’s motto and slogan are: I AM MDC and “Opportunity Changes Everything.” I have personally taught a diverse group of more than 2,000 aspiring dental hygienists, with more than 75% of them coming from over 20 foreign countries. I admire their determination and grit, and I remain an educator because of my commitment to them. In recognition of my service to the students and my active involvement in legislative initiatives to enhance student engagement and success, I have been awarded three Endowed Teaching Chairs. I AM MDC. Opportunity Changes Everything.

For over 20 years, I have been involved in the accreditation process starting as a Site Visitor, and currently serve as the Dental Hygiene Commissioner on the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for the 2019-2023 term. My time on the Commission has been rewarding and energizing. As a team, we have strived to address COVID-19’s impact on dental education to ensure our institutions continue to meet accreditation standards.

Since 1978, I have attended ADEA’s annual sessions almost every year. I have been involved in a multitude of ADEA programs, which afforded me an incredible platform to learn, grow and engage with others that enhanced my professional leadership. I embrace its mission. I AM ADEA. A source of my most heartfelt pride was serving as a mentor in the inaugural class of the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program, and I have continued to serve in each class for several decades ever since. I also attended the ADEA Leadership Institute and despite being the only allied dental member of my cohort, I felt my worth at the table due to the respect awarded by the other participants. I have served on the ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference Planning Committee, as a Chair of the Council of Allied Dental Program Directors and then served as the Board Director for the Allied Dental Program Directors from 2012-2015 on the ADEA Board of Directors. One of my most cherished honors was receiving a Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation award in 2016. In addition, I currently serve on the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees.

One of ADEA’s greatest assets is the talent and human resources of our members, who bring innovation and change to our profession. I am passionate about ADEA’s entrustable professional activities (EPAs) and the ADEA “New Thinking for the New Century” topics, and I am looking forward to the subcommittee’s recommendations.

I believe strongly in the need to infuse not only diversity but also a moral perspective into each group’s recommendations moving forward. Our society is becoming increasingly divergent, making ethical disputes more prevalent. Our educational institutions must respond to these challenges with honest recognition and imagination. As educators, we must incorporate these concepts into all aspects of dental education and instill moral courage in our students as we prepare them for their careers.

I am committed to working with ADEA, through its leadership, committees and members at large, to bring this to fruition. My broad, inclusive perspective will be focused on unifying the work to enhance our future together as one dental education profession. I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the position of Chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors. Opportunity Changes Everything. I AM ADEA.

Published on December 14, 2022

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