2024-25 ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship Program

2024-25 ADEA Council of Deans Fellowship Program

Started 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 dental education 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 participate 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.

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.

The ADEA CDF application process simulates applying for the position of dean at a dental school.

As the first step, applicants must read the “Candidate Application GuidePDF and “The University of Tomorrow School of Dental MedicinePDF documents in their entirety before beginning the application.

After reviewing the detailed instructions in the Candidate Application Guide and selecting one of the three types of dental schools outlined in The University of Tomorrow document, click the button below to begin your application.

The application deadline has passed.


Sponsoring deans agree to support and monitor the Fellow throughout the year-long program.

All program details are in the “Guide for Sponsoring DeansPDF document.



Sept. 11 – Oct. 30, 2023Application submission cycle
Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 2023Initial screening of applicant materials 
Dec. 1, 2023 – Jan. 20, 2024Finalist review and selection (interviews)
January 2024Notification of accepted Fellows 


Date(s) VenueActivity
March 8, 2024In person2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition: Orientation and assignment of career development plan
April 5, 2024OnlineCareer development plan and project plan draft submission
April 14–17, 2024In personModule I: Fundamentals of Administrative Leadership ADEA Office, Washington, DC
May 1, 2024 – Feb. 14, 2025OnlineIndividual (x3) and group (x3) meetings with coach
May 1, 2024 – March 1, 2025OnlineCouncil of Deans, one-hour program each month
Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2024In personSite Visit 1
Nov. 3, 2024 – Jan. 30, 2025 In personSite Visit 2
November 2024 (TBA)In personModule II: Practicing the Fundamentals of Administrative Leadership
ADEA Deans’ Conference (TBA)
Feb. 17, 2025OnlineCapstone project completion submission
March 2025 (TBA)In personADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD