2019 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders
(Plus yearlong mentoring program throughout 2019–2020)

July 17–20, 2019
ADEA Offices, 655 K Street NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 

Program Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe and discuss current topics and trends in academic dentistry.
  • Build a professional network of colleagues and mentors.
  • Create a career plan to focus on activities that will build professional capacities.
  • Assess and develop leadership competencies to prepare for future opportunities both institutionally and within ADEA.

Program Themes:

  • Leadership in Academia: Foundations and applicable uses
  • Mentorship: How to find a mentor and how to become one
  • Career Development: How to find your niche and develop career opportunities
  • Considerations and Expectations of a Faculty Member: Policies and networking
  • Career and Life Management: How to manage the stressors of a career

Download a printable versionPDF of the 2019 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders agenda.


 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome and Introductions

Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Anthony Palatta, D.D.S., Ed.D. 
Susan Apollonio, M.N.R.
 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.Leadership and Considerations for Thriving in Academia

Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.  

In this session, attendees will learn current perspectives of leadership development and strategies for understanding and defining their academic niches. Attendees will engage in assessments to define their personal leadership characteristics and learn how to incorporate those into a successful academic career. Lecture format will be used in combination with individual and small workgroup activities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain current perspectives on effective leadership development and theory.
  • Develop a professional vision, mission and goals.
  • Describe various elements and strategies for defining one’s niche in academia.

CE Credits: 2.5
 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
 10:45 – noonLeadership and Considerations, continued
 Noon - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Multidirectional Leadership

Marnie Oakley, D.M.D.

In this session, attendees will identify their own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and learn strategies to leverage their strengths to influence their bosses, peers and subordinates to achieve organizational success. Lecture and interactive small group activities will be utilized.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of self-reflection and create awareness of how balanced leadership preferences impact organizational success.
  • Explain effective techniques that will create buy-in for ideas during leadership across various directions.
  • Identify examples of successful multidirectional leadership and pitfalls associated with leadership responsibilities.
CE Credits: 2.75
 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.Multidirectional Leadership, continued
 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.Peer Group Meeting
 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.Reception
 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Dinner on Your Own
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
 8:30 – 8:40 a.m.Peer Debrief
 8:40 – 10:30 a.m.Interpersonal Relations in Academia and Career Planning

Brad J. Potter, D.D.S., M.S.

In this session, attendees will discuss strategies, tools and techniques for enhancing their careers in academics. Essential to growth in an academic career is effective communication in teaching and professional interactions. Attendees will learn skills for writing and editing career goals in order to enhance productivity. The importance of understanding the promotion and tenure process at academic institution will be discussed. Lecture format will be used in combination with small workgroup and discussion activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the key skills and aspects of effective communication across academic situations, purposes and audiences.
  • Develop long- and short-term career goals that will impact student learning and enhance desired career pathways.
  • Identify important considerations in order to prepare successfully for promotion and tenure and reflect on current progress.

CE Credits: 3.0

 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
 10:45 – NoonInterpersonal Relations, continued
 Noon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch
 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Project Development and Scholarship 

Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

In this session, attendees will explore practical ways to research and publish their own articles and learn strategies to make research and publication part of their career plan. Lecture format will be used in combination with individual and small workgroup activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply strategies for publishing within your discipline and academic dentistry.
  • Design a research and publishing strategy as part of your career plan.

CE Credits: 2.25

 2:00 – 2:15 p.m.Break
 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.Project Development and Scholarship, continued
 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.Peer Group Meeting
Advisor Groups 
 4:45 – 9:00 p.m.Group Reception Event and Dinner on Own
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
 8:30 – 8:40 a.m.Peer Debrief
 8:40 a.m. – noonDifficult Conversations

Marnie Oakley, D.M.D.

In this session, attendees will learn how to no longer avoid difficult conversations, but instead, lead them with confidence using best practices through a structured approach. Lecture format will be used in combination with small workgroup activities and practice sessions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Implement a structured, best-practices approach to engaging in and handling difficult conversations.
  • Identify and apply personal preferences, approaches and tactics to influence success when resolving conflicts that include difficult conversations.
  • Discuss skills and techniques that serve to mitigate or prevent harmful conflict and difficult conversations.

CE Credits: 3.0

 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
 10:30 a.m. – noonDifficult Conversations, continued 
 Noon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch  
 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.Mentorship and Networking

Brad J. Potter, D.D.S., M.S. 

In this session, attendees will learn strategies for identifying and selecting their team of mentors. The importance of establishing mentoring relationships with students, residents and fellow academic colleagues will be emphasized. Professional networking and techniques to develop networks and the importance of effective networking for leadership development will be discussed. Lecture format will be used in combination with small workgroup and discussion activities. 

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss best practices for finding and selecting mentors.
  • Describe important traits necessary to becoming an effective mentor to peers and students.
  • Employ techniques to develop one’s professional networks.

CE Credits: 2.75

 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.Break
 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.Mentoring and Networking, continued
 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.Peer Group Meetings  
Advisor Groups 
 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.Reception and Dinner
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
 8:30 – 8:40 a.m.Peer Group Debrief
 8:40 – 10:15 a.m.Career and Life Management


Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

In this session, attendees will learn important considerations that are involved in the establishment of a successful career as an academic dentist. Attendees will discuss aspects of how to best manage one’s personal and work life, including mindfulness, awareness and the various stressors brought about by an academic career. They will discuss factors that might lead to work-life imbalance and learn how to apply various techniques that will promote the ability to manage both career and life issues. Lecture format will be used in combination with small workgroup activities.

Learning Objectives 

  • Explain considerations for establishing a career in academic dentistry.
  • Apply best-practice career and life management techniques.
  • Discuss factors that contribute to work–life imbalance.

CE Credits: 1.75

 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.Career Plan and Team Project Discussion
Advisors and Peer Groups  

In this session, attendees will share and discuss career goals and plans. Peer groups will identify the area of investigation for their project and assign roles of group members for the initial project work. Dates, times and mechanisms for ongoing virtual meetings after the program will be established. This session will be conducted with interactive, small workgroup activities.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss individual career plans.
  • Identify an area of investigation for team project.
  • Establish a work plan for the team project.

CE Credits: 1.0

 11:45 a.m. – noonClosing Remarks 
Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D. 
 NoonAdjourn (Do not depart before 12 p.m.)
Faculty Advisors

Marnie Oakley, D.M.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Brad J. Potter, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Vice President, AAL


Deborah Dilbone, D.M.D.
Chair, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences University of Florida College of Dentistry

Craig Hirschberg, D.D.S.
Chair, Department of Endodontics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Keith Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Michelle Robinson, D.M.D.
Associate Dean for Health Information and Business Systems
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

Adriana Segura, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

Kathi R. Shepherd, M.S.
Assistant Dean, Educational Development
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Robert D. Spears, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs University of Texas at School of Dentistry at Houston

ADEA Staff:

Susan Apollonio, M.N.R.
Senior Director for Educational Leadership and Faculty Development Programming

Nirah Forman
Meetings Manager

Shalonda King
Registration Manager


The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 19 continuing education credits.



All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.