ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program


This Scholar-in-Residence Program honors Enid A. Neidle, former President of ADEA (1985-86). Under her leadership, ADEA adopted its policy of promoting the advancement of women in dental education. The program offers a unique opportunity for a dental educator to concentrate on issues affecting women faculty. 



The Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence receives a stipend up to $15,000 to engage in a cumulative two- to three-month fellowship at the ADEA headquarters in Washington, DC, to complete research and pursue leadership opportunities. The scholar’s institution continues to provide salary and fringe benefits for the duration of the fellowship experience. While in Washington, DC, the scholar will gain a distinct perspective on issues facing women faculty, including promotion, advancement and tenure policies; entry and re-entry into the workforce; child care and elder care; women’s health; work patterns; advanced education and research opportunities; and other gender-related issues. The scholar will be assigned to a senior ADEA staff member(s) and will be involved in a range of ADEA activities in addition to their principal project. ADEA will be flexible in the arrangement of time away from the scholar’s institution and in the scheduling of protected time to pursue Neidle Scholar leadership and research activities.

The Fellowship Experience
ADEA supports the scholar by providing the opportunity to engage in a range of experiences, including:

  • Expanding your professional network through meetings with leaders in higher education;
  • Completing an annotated bibliography;
  • Gaining an understanding of existing data, programs and resources in your focus area;
  • Participating in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill;
  • Understanding best research approaches for the planned project;
  • Conducting preliminary or exploratory investigation;
  • Developing a draft report or preliminary study;
  • Establishing a plan to prepare a research plan and identify potential funding sources;
  • Participating in special events and meetings for alumni of ADEA scholar and fellow programs; and
  • Other experiences, as arranged. 

ADEA recognizes that while the scholar has release time from their institution to participate in these programs that responsibilities still exist and time to devote to projects is still limited. For these reasons, ADEA staff work with each scholar to customize an experience that enhances their career and prepares them for future success as a dental educator.

Contacts and Resources

The scholar will connect and network with organizations, associations, governmental leaders and ADEA members to enrich their professional growth, learning and research pursuits.


The outcome(s) of the scholar experience is specific to each individual and the plan set forth at the start of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be a full-time woman faculty member with a primary teaching appointment in a predoctoral or advanced dental educational program at an ADEA Member Institution. (Women junior dental and dental hygiene faculty members are encouraged to apply.)
  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.
  • Receive prior approval from the Dean or Program Director supporting their application and full participation in the program, if selected as the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence.

Application Deadline

The ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion (ADI) must receive all application materials via email by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application materials.  

Application materials sent via the postal service or private package carrier must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. We recommend that you receive a receipt from your postal or package carrier. Upon receiving the application materials, the ADEA ADI team will send the applicant an email confirmation.

Incomplete applications or applications with missing materials will not be considered for the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program.

Send postal mail or private package carrier applications to:

Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program for Women
ADEA Office of Access Diversity and Inclusion                                                        
655 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001

Or email applications to the ADEA Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion at

Application Process Checklist

Submit THREE copies of the following documents by Friday, Dec. 9, 2022:

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A personal statement addressing the following questions:
    • What are the applicant’s general interests and expectations for the ADEA residency experience?
    • How will this experience help the applicant in her personal development?
    • How will this experience help the applicant’s institution, ADEA and ADEA members?
  3. A one-page summary that describes the proposed project, including project title.
  4. Annotated bibliography – The scholar will prepare a brief annotated bibliography (two pages maximum) related to their research topic. For examples of annotated bibliographies, see the University of Central Florida, Writing Center or the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
  5. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Dean or Program Director specifying how the fellowship would benefit the institution and the applicant, and agreeing to pay her salary and fringe benefits for the duration of the ADEA residency experience.
  6. A current curriculum vitae and a one-page summary highlighting experiences relevant to the program.
  7. A formal letter of support from an individual who will serve as a mentor and provide additional support to the applicant.


Please contract Dr. Shelvia English at for questions regarding the application process or any program related questions.

Notification Date

Applicants for the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program will receive a virtual interview and be notified of the award no later than Feb. 1 of each year. The new Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence awardee will be recognized at the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.               

Past Recipients

Dr. Maria A. Loza-Herrero
, University of Texas School of Dentistry-Houston

Dr. Heba Elkassaby,Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Deepthy Nair, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Dr. Anita Sykes-Smith, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Dr. Michelle Brady, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dr. M. Nathalia Garcia, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Mary McNally, Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry

Dr. Rhonda Everett, University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Ethel Harris, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Dr. Rosalia Rey, University of Florida

Dr. Elena Nazarova, University of Connecticut

Prof. Machelle Thompson, Meharry Medical College

Prof. Sandra Osborne, Howard University

Dr. Karin Quick, University of Minnesota

Dr. Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker, University at Buffalo

Dr. Georgia Dounis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Donna Grant-Mills, Howard University

Dr. Mildred McClain, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Prof. R. Denise Howe, Columbia University

Dr. Wendy Hupp, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Mary Lynn Froeschle, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Nina Markovic, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Paula Nesbitt, Meharry Medical College

Dr. Emrey Moskowitz, Boston University

Dr. Vicky Evangelidis-Sakellson, Columbia University

Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Susan Silverton, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Linda Wells, Baylor College of Dentistry

Dr. Kerry Maguire, University of Colorado Denver

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