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Preparing Future Faculty: The Time Is Now!


As highlighted in the October 2018 ADEA Policy Brief, the dental faculty landscape is undergoing significant change. With 2015-16 data indicating that over 40% of faculty at academic dental institutions are over 60 years old, creating opportunities and interest in academic dentistry careers has taken on elevated importance. The time to address the future shortage of dental educators is now.

A critical part of the solution is dental faculty engagement—their efforts to inspire and mentor students to become future educators can provide students with a first-hand understanding of the value and rewards of academic dentistry.

Register now for this free webinar as we explore the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s (Pitt SDM) three-tiered program to help recruit and prepare the next generation of dental educators. The speakers will review the structure of each tier and data related to outcomes and program assessment. In addition, they will highlight select national resources that can assist with developing the next generation of faculty.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ways to engage and prepare students for careers in academic dentistry using Pitt SDM’s three-tiered program.
  • Summarize the outcomes and initial program assessment of the three-tiered program.
  • Identify additional resources, programs and methods to recruit and prepare future educators.

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by July 11, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 continuing education credit. 

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Zsuzsa Horvath, Ph.D.

    Dr. Horvath is the Director of Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM) Department of Dental Public Health. She oversees, designs and implements school-wide faculty development programs and conducts and coaches educational research projects. She directs a two-year Academic Career Track Area of Concentration certificate program for predoctoral students to prepare future educators. Since 2015, she has served as Principal Investigator of the Pitt SDM Center of Excellence in Pain Education: Pain Challenges in Primary Care, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and oversees the instructional soundness of virtual cases in pain education and their interprofessional implementation in five health sciences schools.

  • Christine Wankiiri-Hale, D.M.D.

    Dr. Wankiiri-Hale is Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt SDM). She has held numerous leadership roles, including Vice-chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care and Chair of the Pre-doctoral Admissions committee. Dr. Wankiiri-Hale is a graduate of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Leadership Institute and the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Institute for Diversity in Leadership, and has represented Pitt SDM in her service as an officer and liaison for multiple ADEA committees.

July 11, 2019
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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