ADEAGies Foundation Funds Scholarships for Master’s Degree in Dental Education

ATLANTA - March 11, 2015 - PRLog -- The Master of Arts Degree in Dental Education offered by the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL), in partnership with the University of the Pacific and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), will receive support from the ADEAGies Foundation for five, one-time scholarships of $5,000 each. Three scholarship recipients will be selected for the 2016 Master’s program and two scholarship recipients will be selected for the 2017 program.

“We’re excited to have the support of the ADEAGies Foundation for the M.A. program,” said Tobias E. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Vice President of AAL and co-director for the Master’s program. “We’ve worked hard to create a program that provides faculty with the training they need to advance their careers and make significant contributions to dental education. The support from the ADEAGies Foundation will allow more faculty members to have this opportunity.”

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Dental Education is a one-year, hybrid-program (online and onsite) with minimal onsite time required (11 days total). The goal of the M.A. program is to provide faculty members and those transitioning into academic careers with the skills and training to become better educators and educational researchers. The degree has been offered by AAL since 2012. In that time, 31 participants have matriculated through the program, with an additional 22 participants enrolled for 2015.

The curriculum focuses on:

·      Educational research design, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods

·      Accountability in hygiene, predoctoral and postdoctoral dental education

·      Assessment methodologies, incl. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

·      Managing educational programs and organizational development

·      The current and future environment of oral health care and academic dentistry

·      Grantsmanship and manuscript preparation

Participant evaluations of the Master’s program have been extremely positive. Based on post-program evaluations completed by 26 of the 31 participants, 100% were satisfied with the program and its curriculum. To assess the outcomes of the program for the participants, AAL conducted a survey of program alumni in September of 2014. Of the respondents, 10 faculty members reported receiving promotions and new responsibilities as a direct result of their involvement with the program. These positions range from academic service (committee work) to administrative roles (program director, etc.).

To broaden participation in the program, in 2016 AAL and the University of the Pacific will invite other health professions to the program and update the degree as the Master of Arts in Health Professions Education. This change furthers AAL and ADEA’s support of interprofessional education and will provide opportunities for participants to network with colleagues in many areas of academic health care.

“While our support of academic dentistry remains strong,” says N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., President of AAL, “it is critical that we begin to offer this extraordinary learning and leadership opportunity to all of the health professions. The chance for educators from across the wide spectrum of academic health care to gain an understanding of interprofessional similarities as well as differing perspectives and approaches is key to enhancing the ways in which they teach the next generation of professionals and improving patient outcomes in the long term.”

“The future of dental education is inextricably linked with the education of other health professions in this new world of IPE,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO and ADEAGies Foundation President. “A Master of Arts degree in Health Professions Education makes today's collaboration among dentistry, medicine, nursing and other professions even stronger, and I am proud that the ADEAGies Foundation is supporting faculty who are ready to teach for tomorrow.”

For more information about the Master’s degree program, please visit or call 404-350-2098.


About the American Dental Education Association and the ADEAGies Foundation

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, deans, program directors, administrators, faculty and students, residents and fellows. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the admissions services: ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID. For more information, visit

The ADEAGies Foundation was created to honor dental education pioneer William J. Gies; the mission of the ADEAGies Foundation is to enhance the oral health of the public through programs that support dental education, research, leadership, and recognition.

About AAL

The Academy for Academy Leadership (AAL) is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and academic leaders who provide professional development and consulting services to the academic health professions. Their expertise includes institutional effectiveness, leadership development, and teaching best practices. As an innovator in competency-based education, AAL's XComP™ is a patent-pending technology that provides unparalleled data for assessing student and program outcomes. Founded in 2005, AAL is based in Atlanta, GA. Their clients and partners include associations, corporations, and over 125 universities worldwide. To date, AAL has worked with over 3,000 faculty members; provided consulting for in allied health, dentistry, medicine, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine; and has published over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications among its staff and consultants. For more information about AAL and its programs and services, visit

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