ADEA Names Sonya Gyjuan Smith, Ed.D., J.D., Senior Vice President for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
(27 Nov. 2017, Washington, DC) The American
Dental Education Association (ADEA) has named Sonya Gyjuan Smith, Ed.D., J.D., Senior
Vice President for Access, Diversity and Inclusion (SVP ADI). Dr. Smith joins the
ADEA leadership team with a rich background in academic affairs, equity and
inclusion. She most recently served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student
Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center. In her new role, Dr. Smith will provide strategic vision for ADEA’s
diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Sonya Gyjuan Smith has worked tirelessly throughout her career to improve
recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff and students. She
has led programs addressing multiple aspects of diversity and inclusion
including recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students,
implementation of holistic admissions, assessment of campus environment,
infusion of cultural competency into curricula, and promoting community
engagement.” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO.
“ADEA’s inclusion and diversity efforts such as the Summer Health Professions
Education Program, Student Diversity Leadership Program, Holistic Admissions
Review Workshops, the ADEA Diversity Workshop and many other efforts are
central to our work and the future of academic dentistry, and we look forward
to Dr. Gyjuan Smith’s efforts to extend and broaden our impact.”
During Dr. Gyjuan Smith’s tenure at the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center, she worked collaboratively with deans and
academic and faculty affairs staff to advance diversity, learning, and the
planning and evaluation of academic and student programs, services and
Previously, in her role as Associate Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr.
Gyjuan Smith implemented recruitment and retention best practices for
underrepresented students and developed outreach programs to improve academic
readiness. She also oversaw the ADEA/AAMC Summer Medical and Dental Education
Program (SMDEP, now Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)) at
Her research is in the areas of public health
law and the linkages among social policies, educational inequities, poverty,
residential segregation and law and policies impacting health disparities. Dr. Gyjuan
Smith graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in History
and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She received her J.D. and Ed.D.
degrees from Vanderbilt University.
ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is
The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead institutions and
individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues
influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the
overall health and safety of the public. Our members include all 76 U.S. and
Canadian dental schools, more than 1,000 allied and advanced dental education
programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. Our activities
encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and
communications, including the esteemed Journal
of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application
services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS®
and ADEA CAAPID®.