Leadership development for early-career educators: Association report on the ADEA summer program for emerging academic leaders

Marnie Oakley, Meng Becky Zhang, Jean O'Donnell, Brad Potter, Susan Apollonio, Jeffery C.B. Stewart, N. Karl Haden, Richard W. Valachovic, Tobias E. Rodriguez

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There is a continuous challenge in academic health education to retain early career faculty members and staff. Attrition rates in the field can be as high as 42% in the first five years of an individual's career and are principally due to a sense that academic careers do not progress at a satisfactory rate. In response to this ongoing issue, the American Dental Education Association launched the Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders (ADEA EL) in 2012. The program has supported 301 participants from over 74 academic programs and private practice institutions. This current study describes data collected from program participants in an effort to conduct a thorough review of the program. In all, pre- and post-program data were assessed from faculty members and staff who have participated in the program over its eight-year history. The outcomes of this mixed-methods study describe an assessment of the curriculum (including changes that have occurred over the tenure of the program), the fit of the intended learning outcomes, reasons why a program such as the ADEA EL is needed, and what can be done to provide additional leadership resources and support for faculty members in dental education. This study represents the first time a longitudinal report of a professional development program designed exclusively for early-career faculty and staff has been described in the literature. Its outcomes are intended to be supportive of institutions and other programs focused on support and retention of early faculty and staff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1314-1320
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • academic affairs
  • academic careers
  • dental faculty
  • faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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