The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) presented the
prestigious ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellowship to John
Reinhardt, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Dean of the University of Nebraska
Medical Center (UNMC) College of Dentistry. The fellowship was awarded
on March 16 at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, held in San
"ADEA is pleased to offer this fellowship, which provides a dental
educator with an opportunity to collaborate with staff in the ADEA
Policy Center to focus on current issues facing dental education," says
Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors.
"In the past decade, the cost of higher education has risen, and Dr.
Reinhardt's interest in improving the financial position of dental
education programs in an effort to contain costs is laudable."
As the ADEA/ William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow, Dr. Reinhardt
will spend three months in Washington, DC, working with the ADEA Policy
Center. The fellowship provides an opportunity to focus on issues of
importance to higher education, such as faculty recruitment, development
and retention, leadership development, teaching strategies, competencies
and their assessment, as well as accreditation and licensure. Dr.
Reinhardt will explore his interest in improving the financial strength
and fiscal stability of clinical operations at dental schools.
Dr. Reinhardt earned his B.S. degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington, IL, in 1971 an his dental degree from Loyola
University in Chicago in 1975. He received a M.S. degree in operative
dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1979 and an M.P.H. degree from
Harvard University in 1988. He served on the University of Iowa dental
faculty for 22 years before joining UNMC in 2000.
About the American Dental Education Association
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental
education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and
many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations,
faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA 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 health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide
range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and
communications, such as the esteemed Journal of Dental Education,
as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS and
CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit www.adea.org.
About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional
development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four
days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall show
casing academic dentistry's leading partners and suppliers. For more
information, visit www.adea.org/2014.
About The William J. Gies Foundation
The William J. Gies (pronounced guys) Foundation was established
in 1950 by colleagues and admirers of Dr. Gies with seed funds raised by
the American College of Dentists. It was a private foundation and the
first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In
2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to
form the ADEAGies Foundation, a public foundation.
Dr. William J. Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor
interested in dental education, science and clinical applications. In
1926, as part of a series of studies on professional education in the
United States funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the
importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component
of higher education in the health professions.
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