ADEA Special Interest Groups

An ADEA Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of ADEA members with similar professional specialties who come together to exchange ideas and keep themselves informed about current and discrete developments in the field of dental education. The activities of an ADEA SIG are planned by its members and elected officers and provide a clear indication of the diverse interests and needs of its members. 

Through participation in an ADEA SIG, you can help design what, in essence, are small professional organizations within the association. Only ADEA members can belong to an ADEA SIG, though each member can belong to as many SIGs as desired. 

You can join SIGs by logging in to your ADEA membership profile. Once you have joined a SIG, you are automatically opted in the respective ADEA Connect community for the group. You will remain on the community until you have opted out or until your ADEA membership expires.

 

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The goals and objectives of this Special Interest Group are to provide a forum for faculty to communicate about the various aspects of integrating CAD/CAM into dental curriculum for the betterment of their universities.

Community email:   adea-SIGCadCamTech@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Afsheen Lakhani, D.M.D., CAGS
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
alakhani@bu.edu             


Chair-elect
Vasiliki Maseli, D.D.S., CAGS, M.S., Ed.M.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
vmaseli@bu.edu

Secretary
Bina Surti, D.D.S.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
bsurti@pacific.edu             

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Career Development for the New Educator addresses the teaching, service, research and professional development needs of recently appointed dental and allied dental faculty.

Community email:  adea-SIGCareerDev@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Mary Kang, D.D.S.
NYU College of Dentistry
mk1056@nyu.edu


Chair-elect
Marinelle De Campos, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
camposmr@udmercy.edu

Secretary
Samar Shaikh, D.D.S., M.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
samar.shaikh@tufts.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinators addresses issues affecting the clinical aspect of dental hygiene.

Community email:  adea-SIGDHCC@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Wanda Cloet, D.H.Sc., RDH
Central Community College
wcloet@cccneb.edu


Chair-elect
Tammy Swecker, M.Ed, B.S.D.H.
Virginia Commonwealth University
tkswecke@vcu.edu

Secretary
Misty Mesimer, M.S., RDH 
Germanna Community College
MMeismer@germanna.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Graduate Dental Hygiene Education Programs explores and examines opportunities, challenges and best practices in admissions, recruitment, curricula and scholarship related to graduate dental hygiene education.

Community email:  adea-SIGGradDenHyEd@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Leciel Bono, RDH-ER, M.S.
Idaho State University, Department of Dental Hygiene
bonoleci@isu.edu


Chair-elect
Valerie Nieto, RDH, M.S.
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
vkbarnes@umich.edu

Secretary
Brenda Bradshaw, RDH, M.S.
Old Dominion University
bbradsha@odu.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Implant Dentistry addresses the interests of faculty in the advancement of implant dentistry in the curriculum.

Community email:  adea-SIGImplantDent@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Vasiliki Tsakalelli, D.M.D., D.D.S., M.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
vasiliki.tsakalelli@tufts.edu


Chair-elect
Christopher A. Barwacz, D.D.S., FAGD, FICD
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
chris-barwacz@uiowa.edu

Secretary
Amerian Sones, D.M.D., M.S.
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
sones@tamu.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Internationally Educated Oral Health Professionals provides a forum for administrators, staff and faculty involved in the formation, teaching or administration of international dental programs to meet and communicate information and concerns of mutual interest, and to represent, assist, and advocate on behalf of our internationally educated colleagues.

Community email:  adea-SIGIEOHP@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Shirley Lewis, B.D.S., CAGS, M.S.D.
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
slewis@tamu.edu


Chair-elect
Aparna Biradar, B.D.S.,M.P.H.
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
Biradar@tamu.edu

Secretary        
Yashashri Urankar, B.D.S., M.P.H.
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
yashurankar@gmail.com

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care explores and shares resources focused on interprofessional education and laboratory coursework and promotes activities and curricula for dental professionals to collaborate and communicate with other health care professionals to enhance patient safety.

Community email: adea-SIGIPECC@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Katherine Velasco, D.D.S.
Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine - South Jordan, Utah
kvelasco@roseman.edu


Chair-elect
Marija Sasek, D.M.D.
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
marija.sasek@louisville.edu

Secretary
Iwonka Eagle, RDH, M.S.      
University of Michigan School of Dentistry 
ilenda@umich.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Lasers in Dentistry is a forum to explore the safe and effective use of lasers in all areas of dentistry and to help integrate and evaluate the knowledge and skills required to use all laser light technologies and techniques within the dental curriculum and practice.

Community email:  adea-SIGLasers@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Juliana Barros, D.D.S., M.S
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Juliana.Barros@uth.tmc.edu              


Chair-elect
Nancy Fitzgerald, D.M.D.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
nfitzg@midwestern.edu

Secretary
Janina Golob Deeb, D.M.D., M.S.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
jgolobdeeb@vcu.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues provides a forum for ADEA members to address issues in ethics, professionalism and legal matters in dental education.

Community email:  adea-SIGProfEthLgl@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Preetha P. Kanjirath, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
pkanji@midwestern.edu


Chair-elect
Nastaran Foughani, D.M.D.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
nfough@midwestern.edu

Secretary
David Chambers, Ed.M., M.B.A., Ph.D.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
dchamber@pacific.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technology focuses on the exploration of and use of new and emerging technologies, and their use in dental education teaching and learning.

Community email:  adea-SIGTeachLearnET@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Mustafa Radif, B.D.S.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
mradif@pacific.edu


Chair-elect
Gabriela Lagreca, D.D.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
gabylagreca@gmail.com

Secretary
Amirreza Ghassemi, D.D.S., M.S.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
ghassemia2@vcu.edu