Future of Dental School Faculty

Report
Academic Careers
in Dentistry
Presented by the ADEA
Center for Educational Policy and Research
“A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his
influence stops.”
Henry Adams
The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
Exciting
Opportunities
Exist in Dental
and Allied Dental
Education,
Research and
Community
Service through
Academic Dental
Institutions
“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
LIFE IN ACADEMIA
Teaching and Mentoring
 Preparing and training aspiring professionals
and scholars
 Staying young through interaction with and
mentoring of students
 Shaping the future of the profession through sharing
knowledge and
experience with
students
 Course content
investigation and
impact on
curricular design
“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
LIFE IN ACADEMIA
cont’d
Research and Discovery
 Exciting scientific discoveries
and their application to improve
the quality of life
 Creative use of the latest
knowledge, materials, and
technologies
 Contribution to the
development of the profession
 Pride and excitement
associated with being part of the
scientific process
“ 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
LIFE IN ACADEMIA
cont’d
Patient Care and
Community Service
 Providing hands-on patient care
 Addressing access to care issues by
providing service to the underserved
and disadvantaged populations
 Educating the public about the
value of oral health
 Serving as practitioners,
advisors and decision-makers
within the local and professional
communities
“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
LIFE IN ACADEMIA
cont’d
Professional Leadership
 Setting the agenda for dental
education, research and general health
care nationally and internationally
 Freedom to achieve teaching, administrative,
clinical and research goals
 Intellectual stimulation and
collaborations with colleagues
 Interaction with leaders in
dental and health professions
education
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.
“What constitutes the teacher is the
passion to make scholars.”
George Herbert Palmer
The Teacher, Essays and Addresses on Education: The Ideal Teacher, 1908.
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
Benefits and Opportunities of an
Academic Career:
 Varied daily activities
 Enhanced opportunities for
professional leadership
 Joy of teaching and continual intellectual
stimulation
 Employer-sponsored benefits, including retirement
 Travel to national and international meetings—
connecting with colleagues
Benefits and Opportunities of Academic Career:
cont’d
 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
 Involvement in a
variety of university
activities (sports, arts,
lectures, etc.)
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.
Can’t make a decent living in academia
 Federal and State loan forgiveness
programs are available for young faculty
 Base salary may be supplemented through
patentable research, writing textbooks, public
speaking and other academic endeavors
 Excellent benefits, including retirement
 No additional debt from starting/managing
a private practice
 There is less individual freedom
Academic lifestyle is exciting and lacks
the daily routine of private practice
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 One must publish or perish
A variety of career tracks and clinical
teaching is available to fit your interests
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
Getting Started
 Students:
 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
Student representatives at the 2003 Annual
Session in San Antonio, TX.
Getting Started
 Students:
(cont’d)
 Find out about additional
training/experiences in scholarly activities
(e.g. educational methodologies, research,
public health, research)
 Consider
additional training
in advanced
programs,
including
DDS/PhD, MPH,
MBA and other
programs
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 fulltime non-tenure track clinical
teaching appointments for those
seeking a career change
 Gain additional
training/leadership experience
for full-time academic
appointments and advancement
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
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

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