About This Program
Leading the Way to Academic Dentistry
To prepare for success as faculty in the most competitive environments, future academicians need the skills to balance the often competing and sometimes overwhelming demands of a tenure-track faculty position. They need to be and to feel prepared to teach, to conduct research, and to serve in leadership positions in their schools, communities, and professional organizations.
“Teaching well is more fun than teaching poorly.”
-- McKeachie (1994)
Teaching apprenticeships for future academic dentists provide hands-on experience in didactic, fine motor, and clinical instruction, as well as familiarity with the educational research that informs effective pedagogy. The Basic Dental Principles (BDP) course is an innovative program in which dental students prepare and present lectures and teach basic fine motor skills to pre-dental students. Approximately 100 pre-dental students enroll each year in this two quarter course that is offered during the winter and spring quarters.
The mentoring seminar offers a model of doctoral preparation for a faculty career by including preparation for teaching and academic citizenship as well as for research. The mentorship training seminar addresses and practices specific topics known to create effective mentoring relationships. The experience teaching the section of pre-dental students will serve as the “laboratory” for the mentoring discussions.
Communication, organizational, and leadership skills are critical for success in an academic career. Academicians need to be able to present their ideas clearly, work effectively with various personalities, manage their time amid conflicting demands, plan their short and long-term career paths, and assume leadership roles in the dental and healthcare professions. Experiences in presenting their research, working collegially, and setting and evaluating professional goals also need to be part of the preparation of tomorrow’s dental faculty.
Participants will apply for the Dean’s Leadership Institute under the mentorship of Dean No-Hee Park and Associate Dean Ronald Mito, which serves to cultivate, energize, and prepare future leaders in academics, community service, professional organizations, and business. A ten-week Resident Leadership Institute is also available, covering topics in assessment of personal aptitude/personality typology, leadership styles, understanding people/motivational leadership, developing a strategic plan, developing a career development plan, academic career opportunities, and selecting a training environment.
Research training is more than finding a lab, conducting experiments and writing reports. Successful researchers are skilled communicators and effective mentors. Because the school has an active T32 training grant with many faculty members conducting funded research, students and residents have numerous opportunities to participate in basic science, behavioral, clinical, and translational research under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The mutually supportive relationship between the R25 and T32 grants provides students with opportunities for close collaboration and cross-training between the programs.