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Teaching better: Scholarships help instructors hone skills

January 18, 2016

Educators: Drs. Mary Jane Hanlon (left) and Mojdeh Dehghan received scholarships from the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure to attend the 2015 Institute for Teaching and Learning, hosted by the Academy for Academic Leadership and the American Dental Education Association.
Atlanta —
ADA members looking to enhance their teaching skills can apply Feb. 15 for a scholarship to attend a development program.

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure will grant two scholarships by May 1.
Last summer, with the help of the scholarship from CDEL, two dental educators completed the Institute for Teaching and Learning, hosted by the Academy for Academic Leadership and the American Dental Education Association.

The two 2015 recipients were Dr. Mojdeh Dehghan, associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, and Dr. Mary Jane Hanlon, assistant dean of predoctoral clinical education at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

They were among 85 participants from dentals schools and clinical institutions, as well as private practices, of the institute, which facilitates the recruitment and retention of dental faculty by helping participants enhance their teaching skills and develop other competencies that will increase confidence, job satisfaction and professional growth in the academic environment.

Participants learn the skills of a master teacher from renowned experts in pedagogy, curriculum development, higher education administration and leadership. The 2015 program was held last August in Atlanta; Participants earned 50 continuing education units.

For more information on the institute program, visit aalgroup.org. To apply for the 2016 scholarships, click here