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  • 1. Academic Careers in Dentistry Presented by the ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research
  • 2.
    • “ A teacher affects eternity;
    • he can never tell where his influence stops.”
    • Henry Adams
    • The Education of Henry Adams , 1907
  • 3. Exciting Opportunities Exist in Dental and Allied Dental Education, Research and Community Service through Academic Dental Institutions
  • 4. “ A student wants to feel that the instructor is not simply passing on dead knowledge in the form that it was passed on to him, but that he has assimilated it and has read his own experience into it, so that it has come to mean more to him than almost anything in the world.” Randolph Bourne, Youth and Life , 1913
  • 5.
    • LIFE IN ACADEMIA
        • Course content investigation and impact on curricular design
    • Shaping the future of the profession through sharing knowledge and
    • experience with
    • students
        • Staying young through interaction with and mentoring of students
        • Preparing and training aspiring professionals and scholars
    Teaching and Mentoring
  • 6. “ By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.” Albert Einstein, letter, March 13, 1954
  • 7. Research and Discovery
    • Contribution to the development of the profession
        • Creative use of the latest knowledge, materials, and technologies
    • Exciting scientific discoveries and their application to improve the quality of life
    LIFE IN ACADEMIA cont’d
    • Pride and excitement associated with being part of the scientific process
  • 8. “ The constituency of academic medical centers, like that of the university, went beyond those individuals who taught and studied there. …academic medical centers, like their parent institutions, accepted the duty of utility—that is, of providing service to the society that supported them and allowed them to pursue their scientific interests.” Kenneth M. Ludmer Time to Heal , Oxford University Press, 1999
  • 9.
    • LIFE IN ACADEMIA
    • cont’d
      • Serving as practitioners, advisors and decision-makers within the local and professional communities
    • Educating the public about the value of oral health
      • Addressing access to care issues by providing service to the underserved and disadvantaged populations
      • Providing hands-on patient care
    Patient Care and Community Service
  • 10. “ The art of leading, …is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems.” S.L.A. Marshall Men Against Fire , 1947
  • 11. LIFE IN ACADEMIA cont’d
        • Intellectual stimulation and collaborations with colleagues
    Dr. Carroll-Ann Trotman, Associate Professor of Orthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, is congratulated by then-ADEA President Dr. Rowland Hutchinson upon graduating from the ADEA Leadership Institute, March 2001.
        • Interaction with leaders in dental and health professions education
        • Freedom to achieve teaching, administrative, clinical and research goals
        • Setting the agenda for dental education, research and general health care nationally and internationally
    Professional Leadership
  • 12. “ What constitutes the teacher is the passion to make scholars.” George Herbert Palmer The Teacher, Essays and Addresses on Education: The Ideal Teacher , 1908.
  • 13.
    • Joy of teaching and continual intellectual stimulation
    Benefits and Opportunities of an Academic Career : Dr. Richard Ranney is a Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Medicine and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Education Policy and Research at ADEA
    • Enhanced opportunities for professional leadership
    • Varied daily activities
    • Travel to national and international meetings—connecting with colleagues
    • Employer-sponsored benefits, including retirement
  • 14.
    • Association with academic leadership for dentistry around the world
    • Research and excitement of discovery
    • Appreciation from students and colleagues
    • Loan repayment opportunities for dental faculty
    Benefits and Opportunities of Academic Career : cont’d Dr. Gerald Glickman, Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry, serves on the ADEA Board of Directors as the Vice President for Sections .
    • Involvement in a variety of university activities (sports, arts, lectures, etc.)
  • 15.
    • Can’t make a decent living in academia
    • No additional debt from starting/managing a private practice
      • Excellent benefits, including retirement
    • Base salary may be supplemented through patentable research, writing textbooks, public speaking and other academic endeavors
      • Federal and State loan forgiveness programs are available for young faculty
    MYTH REALITY
  • 16. MYTH
      • There is less individual freedom
        • Academic lifestyle is exciting and lacks the daily routine of private practice
    • A
    MYTH
        • A variety of career tracks and clinical teaching is available to fit your interests
      • One must publish or perish
    Reality Reality
  • 17.
      • A View of Dentistry from Academia
    Dentistry in not only a vocation, but—in an academic context—an exciting professional career on the cutting edge of research and intimately involved in the production of new knowledge
  • 18.
    • Getting Started
      • Talk with your professor, program director, department chair and/or dean about your interest
      • Seek guidance from the academic affairs/admissions department
    • Ask to shadow your instructor in the clinic, in the laboratory, and/or in the classroom
    • Students:
    Student representatives at the 2003 Annual Session in San Antonio, TX.
  • 19. Getting Started
      • Consider additional training in advanced programs, including DDS/PhD, MPH, MBA and other programs
      • Find out about additional training/experiences in scholarly activities (e.g. educational methodologies, research, public health, research)
    • Students:
    • (cont’d)
  • 20.
    • Getting Started
    • Private and Military Practitioners:
      • Contact Dean or relevant department chair at your local school/program about part-time positions
      • Adjunct appointments provide a welcome change from the daily routine of private practice, and an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience
      • Opportunities exist for full-time non-tenure track clinical teaching appointments for those seeking a career change
      • Gain additional training/leadership experience for full-time academic appointments and advancement
  • 21.
    • Future of Academic Dentistry
      • Academic dentistry as an essential part of a “health team” alongside the academic medical community
      • As a young, bright, ambitious academic you have a superb opportunity to shape the future of the profession and dental education for generations to come
      • Academic dentistry as a tremendous opportunity for leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs who can ignite and motivate the profession
    Council of Students representatives at the 2004 ADEA Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas
  • 22. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank the following individuals for their contribution: Dr. Richard Ranney Dr. Gerald Glickman Dr. Caroll-Ann Trotman Prof. Nancy Zinser Prof. Kathi Shepherd Members of the CEPR Advisory Committee: Dr. Michael Alfano, Mr. Robert Dickler, Dr. Raul Garcia, Dr. Jay Gershen, Mr. Robert Johns, Prof. Kathleen Morr, Dr. Marian Osterwise, Dr. Kathleen Roth