ADEA: American Dental Education Association

Founded in 1923, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. 

The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public.

ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®.

ADEA’s 2015–2018 Strategic Directions and Key Priorities encompass four main areas:

  • Leadership: Provide leadership for the future of dental education and serve as the authority on the education of the dental and allied dental workforce.
  • Teaching and Learning: Provide dental, allied dental and advanced dental educators with the information, knowledge, resources and tools they need to prepare the future dental workforce for an undiscovered future.
  • Research: Promote the importance of research as the foundation of dental education, and the of the science and practice of dentistry.
  • Service: Support the academic dental community in its mission to meet the evolving oral health needs of a diverse society.

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