The ADEA MDFDI program began in 2004 with a $2.4 million grant, six year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (MDFD I).
MDFD I grants were awarded to six dental schools and one dental academic consortium. The six dental schools included the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, the Howard University College
of Dentistry, The University Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. The seventh award was made to the New York State Academic Dental Centers (NYSADC), a consortium of five
dental schools in the state of New York (Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and University of Rochester Eastman Institute of Oral Health).
In these years, the MDFDI program had a dental faculty leadership development focus. A “grow your own” approach to faculty development, recommended by deans of U.S. dental schools, prevailed throughout the grantee schools, supported by institutional leadership and
climate and structured mentoring programs. The participating schools placed a strong emphasis on URM recruitment and academic/community partnerships.
The experiences of participating programs inspired
Growing Our Own: The ADEA Minority Faculty
Development Program, a Manual for Institutional Leadership in Diversity, a 126-page publication identifying best practices to recruit and retain URM faculty.
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Oklahoma University College of Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry