2023 ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship Program



A new program in 2023, the ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship (ADEA CDF) is a year-long, part-time fellowship aimed at creating a diverse pipeline of future leaders who will assume roles as dental school deans and other senior university leadership positions. The ADEA CDF will increase the number of qualified candidates for deanships and equip them with the skills and experiences to help them succeed. ADEA CDF Fellows will engage in formal leadership development programming (both on site and online), engage with a mentor and peer group, visit two dental schools for up to one week each, and complete a career development plan (CDP) along with an ADEA CDF capstone project individually designed to enhance their potential for senior leadership.


The ADEA CDF application process simulates applying for the position of dean at a dental school. Applicants are self-nominated, and a committee comprised of senior leaders from dental and higher education will review and rank each applicant. ADEA strongly encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and graduates of ADEA leadership or equivalent programs. The ADEA CDF is not intended for new deans. Individuals who have served as an interim or acting dean for less than one year may apply.


During the program, Fellows will receive extensive mentoring, peer coaching, in-person learning and will attend the ADEA Deans’ Conference in November 2023. Fellows’ career goals should include leadership at the dean or higher administrative level in the near future.


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Application submission deadline for all materials is 5:00 p.m. ET on April 24, 2023.


 


IMPORTANT DATES FOR APPLICANTS


April 3–24, 2023Application submission cycle
April 24 – May 5, 2023Initial screening of applicant materials 
May 8–24, 2023Finalist review and selection (interviews)
May 30, 2023Notification of accepted Fellows 

PROGRAM DATES


Date(s) VenueActivity
June 8, 2023, 6:00-8:00 p.m. ETOnlineOrientation and assignment of career development plan
July 10, 2023In personCareer development plan completion
July 10–12, 2023In personThree full days, ADEA Offices, Washington, DC
Aug. 1, 2023 – March 1, 2024OnlineCouncil of Deans, one-hour program each month
Aug. 1 – Oct. 30, 2023In personSite Visit 1
Aug. 1, 2023 – Feb. 16, 2024OnlineIndividual (x3) and group (x3) meetings with coach
Nov. 1, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024 In personSite Visit 2
Nov. 11–13, 2023In personADEA Deans’ Conference, Savannah, GA
Feb. 18, 2024OnlineCapstone project completion
March 8, 2024In personNew Orleans, LA, full day
March 9–12, 2024In personADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

 

General Criteria

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Biosketch (one page)
  • Two to three letters of support, one of which must be from the applicant’s dean
  • Video (five minutes)

Applicants should select only one of the three position descriptions (research intensive, multi-focused vision or clinical intensive) shown in The University of Tomorrow School of Dental MedicinePDF document, from which to base the approach to the application.


☛ More details about the required materials and submission guidelines are available in the Candidate Application Guide.PDF


Institution-specific Criteria

As a part of this simulation, candidates must choose and apply to one of three fictitious The University of Tomorrow School of Dental MedicinePDF dean job announcements:

  • Research intensive institution
  • Multi-focused institution, with an emphasis on both clinical and research programs
  • Clinically intensive institution 

In addition to the qualifications above, candidates must demonstrate through their application materials (letter of intent, curriculum vitae and video) that they meet the qualifications required by that institution.

☛ Institution specific criteria are available in the Candidate Application Guide. PDF


Information for Deans

Letters of Support: Your Dean plus 1-2 additional letters of support.

  • A letter of support from the candidate’s dean should outline the candidate’s attributes and propensity for effective leadership at the dean’s level. This letter will provide reviewers with an independent evaluation of the candidate to highlight experience, interest and qualifications to serve as dean of a dental school. The letter also should address the candidate’s strengths and areas for development to make the individual a strong dean candidate in the future.
  • The dean is strongly encouraged to: 
    • Provide the candidate the necessary time to fully participate and complete assignments.
    • Provide mentoring throughout the year and participate in the Fellow’s 360° assessment.
    • Review the Mentor’s Guide for Deans.

More information available on The Mentor’s Guide for Deans. PDF


Information for Letters of Support

  • Letters are required from one or two individuals who know the candidate well.
  • Each letter should outline the candidate’s attributes and propensity for effective leadership at the dean’s level.
  • These letters will provide the reviewers with an independent evaluation of the candidate to highlight experience, interest, and qualifications to serve as dean of a dental school.

The application process directs candidates to include the email address of the recommenders who will be contacted to upload their letters to the packet. Candidates can work on their application, save it, and return later to complete it. ADEA recommends that candidates start their application early: there will not be extensions for applications to this program.

More details regarding the “ideal candidate” are in the Candidate Application Guide.PDF

 

Fees and Additional Costs

The ADEA CDF program fee for this first pilot year is $2,500, which covers distance and in-person learning and use of an ADEA learning portal. The program fee also includes registration fees for the 2023 Deans’ Conference and the 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

In addition to the program fees, the Fellow or institution is responsible for travel, lodging and meals.

☛ More information on fees are provided in the Candidate Application Guide.PDF

 

Fellow Selection Process

The ADEA CDF application process simulates applying for the position of dean at a dental school. A committee comprised of senior leaders from dental and higher education will review and rank each candidate.


Important Application Dates for Candidates:

April 24–May 5, 2023  
Initial review: All submitted materials will be reviewed and written feedback provided to all candidates. 
  
 May 8–24, 2024 
Interviews: A second round of evaluation will involve a 30-minute, recorded video conference interview between May 8–24, 2023. The video conference will be recorded and may be used by ADEA CDF for instructional purposes. The selection committee will rate all candidates. 
  
 May 30, 2023 
Final Selection: The committee will confer and select the cohort of Fellows and notify the Fellows. Written feedback will be provided to all candidates, including those who were not selected.  
  
Candidate application information, including the application packet and video conference, as well as Committee feedback, may be used for future reference by candidates, Fellows, mentors and/or coaches.