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
Marilia M. Sly, D.D.S., M.S.D.
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Marilia.M.Sly@uth.tmc.edu             


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


Secretary
Vasiliki Maseli, D.D.S., CAGS, M.S., Ed.M.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
vmaseli@bu.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
Thaisa Barizan Bordin, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Thaisa.Bordin@tufts.edu


Chair-elect
Mary Kang, D.D.S.
NYU College of Dentistry
marykang@nyu.edu


Secretary  
Marinelle De Campos, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
camposmr@udmercy.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
Emily Holt, M.H.A., RDH, CDA, EFDA 
University of Southern Indiana
erholt@usi.edu


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


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

 

The mission of the ADEA Special Interest Group on Evidence Based Dentistry is to promote Evidence-Based Dentistry in dental school curriculums; define competencies for EBD; facilitate faculty education on EBD skills; improve our teaching efforts to promote oral health of individuals, populations and communities; and to increase the ethical and quality evidence-based care.

Community email: adea-SIGEBD@ConnectedCommunity.org

 


Chair
Hanann Tomeh, D.D.S., M.P.H.
A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
htomeh@atsu.edu


Chair-elect
Amanda Nevius, M.L.I.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Amanda.Nevius@tufts.edu


Secretary
Hanan Omar, B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
hananomar@atsu.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
Linda Boyd, RDH, RD, Ed.D.
MCPHS University, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
linda.boyd@mcphs.edu


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


Secretary
Valerie Nieto, RDH, M.S.
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
vkbarnes@umich.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
Pinelopi Pani, D.D.S., M.S.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
ppani@bu.edu


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


Secretary
Christopher A. Barwacz, D.D.S., FAGD, FICD
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
chris-barwacz@uiowa.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        
Kadambari Rawal, B.D.S., CAGS, M.S.D., FASGD, FICD, FACD
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Kady@bu.edu


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


Secretary
Lea Hachem, D.M.D., M.S.
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
leahachemdds@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
Natalie Jeong, D.M.D., M.A.      
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 
natalie.jeong@tufts.edu


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


Secretary
Marija Sasek, D.M.D.
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
marija.sasek@louiville.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
Preetha Kanjirath, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
pkanji@midwestern.edu


Chair-elect
Andrew Browar, D.D.S.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
HealthySmile@msn.com              


Secretary
Nancy Fitzgerald, D.M.D.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
nfitzg@midwestern.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
Pamela C. Jones, Ph.D.
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
pcjones@buffalo.edu


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


Secretary
Nastaran Foughani, D.M.D.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
nfough@midwestern.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
Meixun Sinky Zheng, Ph.D.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
szheng@pacific.edu


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


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