ADEA represents the dental education community. Its members are academic dental institutions; their deans and program directors, faculty, and staff (those who teach dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, and dental laboratory technology); their allied dental, predoctoral, and advanced dental education students, residents, and fellows; and member corporations and organizations. Since its founding in 1923, ADEA has cultivated relationships with and been a valued resource for faculty, staff, and leaders of allied, predoctoral, and advanced dental education.
As The Voice of Dental Education, ADEA’s mission is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health of the public.
ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications like the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS, and CAAPID.
ADEA fosters faculty and leadership development and networking for those at all stages of dental education careers, notably through the ADEA Leadership Institute and the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program, as well as through online learning, awards and fellowships, and meetings including the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.
In addition, ADEA encourages students from diverse backgrounds to learn more about careers in the dental professions through such programs as ExploreHealthCareers.org, GoDental.org, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, the ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program, and the ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program.