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


Chair-elect

Michelle Thompson, D.D.S.
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston 
michelle.a.thompson@uth.tmc.edu            


Secretary
Onkamon Budsabong, D.D.S.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 
onkamonb@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
Samar Shaikh, B.D.S., M.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Samar.Shaikh@tufts.edu


Chair-elect

Khairunisa Hashmani, Ed.D., M.A., RDH
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry
Khairunisa.M.Hashmani@uth.tmc.edu


Secretary
Clarissa Souza Gomes da Fontoura, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
fontoura@umich.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
Ahsley Hobbs, RDH, B.S.D.H., M.S., ECP II
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry
ajhobbs@umkc.edu


Chair-elect
TBD


Secretary
TBD

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Forensic Odontology and Forensic Science promotes knowledge among dental educators regarding the rights and responsibilities of the dental professional when assisting legal agencies as experts regarding the oral and paraoral structures.

Community email: ADEA-SIGFOFS@ConnectedCommunity.org


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


Chair-elect
TBD


Secretary
TBD

 

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


Chair-elect

Jennifer Brame, RDH, M.S., Ed.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry
jennifer_brame@unc.edu


Secretary
Amber Hunt, B.S.D.H., M.S., RDH
Old Dominion University
awalter@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
Amerian Sones, D.M.D., M.S.
Texas A&M University School of Dentistry
sones@tamu.edu


Chair-elect

Mohamed M. Rahhal, B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
A.T. Still University
Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
mohamedrahhal@atsu.edu


Secretary
Archana Meethil, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.D.Sc.
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
archana.meethil@cuanschutz.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
Yashashri Urankar, D.D.S., M.P.H.
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
yashurankar@gmail.com


Chair-elect
        
Shirin Khoynezhad, D.D.S., D.M.Sc.
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry
skhoyn@lsuhsc.edu


Secretary
Sohini Dhar, B.D.S., M.P.H., FICD
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
dhar@uthscsa.edu

 

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


Chair-elect

Abrielle Lamphere, RDH, M.S.
Indiana University School of Dentistry
alampher@iu.edu


Secretary
Samantha Parad, D.M.D., RN, PNAP
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Samantha.Parad@tufts.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
Janina Golob Deep, D.M.D., M.S.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
jgolobdeep@vcu.edu


Chair-elect

Gregory Schuster, D.D.S., M.Ed.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
gschus@midwestern.edu


Secretary
Natalia Elson, D.D.S.
NYU College of Dentistry
ne354@nyu.edu

 

The ADEA Special Interest Group on Sustainability in Dentistry focuses on the need for oral health care providers to recognize and act on the environmental impact of the dental profession and the oral and systemic health impacts of climate change.

Community email: ADEA-SIGSustain@ConnectedCommunity.org


Chair
Yarra Berdan, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
berdan@usc.edu


Chair-elect
Jennifer Luca, D.M.D.
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
leejenn94@gmail.com


Secretary
TBD

 

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


Chair-elect

Hugo Campos, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
hugo.campos@tufts.edu


Secretary
Angelica Gil-Levin D.D.S., D.M.D.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
angelicamaria75@aol.com