The Year of the ADEA Chapter (2018-19)

Dr. "Monty” MacNeil, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, has declared 2018-19 The Year of the ADEA Chapter

The goal of The Year of the ADEA Chapter is to promote awareness about the ADEA Chapters for Students, Residents and Fellows and their mission to increase knowledge and interest in academic dental careers. 

Several activities and events are taking place throughout the year to commemorate The Year of the ADEA Chapter, including: 

  • October 2018: ADEA Chapter Awareness Month
          • ADEA Chapters will host activities to promote awareness about the chapters and academic dental careers. October will also mark the release of ADEA Chapters and Pathways to Academic Dental Careers—ADEA’s first publication on this topic.
  • February 2019: ADEA Chapter Awareness Month
           • The second ADEA Chapter Awareness Month will include activities and new ideas to generate awareness about the chapters and academic dental careers.
  • March 2019: ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
            • The culminating event for The Year of the ADEA Chapter will showcase exemplary ADEA chapters at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Chicago, IL. 

For more information about The Year of the ADEA Chapter activities, contact Angelo Lee, ADEA Director of Program Services, at leea@adea.org.

Background

In 2016, the ADEA Board of Directors approved 10 strategic initiatives to prioritize the association’s 2015-18 goals. The Board elevated initiative number five to the top of the list: “Grow ADEA Chapters for Students, Residents and Fellows to promote student interest in academic careers.”

As a result, ADEA administered the first-ever ADEA Chapter Survey in 2017 to gain a better understanding of ADEA Chapters and subsequently developed the online ADEA Chapter Toolkit for Students, Residents and Fellows to facilitate chapter development and student engagement.  

The Year of the ADEA Chapter efforts are intended to bolster the existing work of the chapters to: promote knowledge of and interest in academic careers; advance ADEA’s mission, strategic directions, key priorities and initiatives; promote membership in ADEA; and prepare students, residents and fellows for local and national leadership positions.