News Release

June 8, 2004

Contact: Patrick Keefe, 860-679-2447

Health Center Professor Named Dental Education Leader

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Mina Mina, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and department head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and a fellow of the American Dental Education Association, was invited to participate in the 2004-2005 ADEA Leadership Institute.

The institute is a unique, year-long faculty development program for dental education program faculty and administrators. The fellows began the program with an orientation held at the recent 2004 ADEA Annual Session in Seattle.

“These individuals are among the nation’s finest dental school educators,” said Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., ADEA executive director. “They were chosen for their potential to become the foremost leaders in dental education, and have accepted the challenge to see the broader issues affecting higher education and society. They are the trailblazers who will lead our institutions in the future.”

The ADEA Leadership Institute is a four-phase program designed to arm fellows with the competencies necessary to become stronger leaders and take on new responsibilities at their home institutions.

The first phase, which will be held in Stowe, Vermont this June, is an intensive five-day program that focuses on developing personal and interpersonal competencies necessary for leadership.

The second phase takes place in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the ADEA Advocacy Day on Capital Hill. A legislative workshop informing fellows on critical issues facing dental, health professions, and higher education is followed by visits to Congressional Offices on Capital Hill.

The third phase is devoted to the promotion of the administrative competencies necessary for effective leadership.

The fourth phase will take place at the 2005 ADEA Annual Session when the fellows will be responsible for assisting with a full-day Faculty Development Workshop. In addition, fellows must complete a project, based on a series of interviews, addressing a key issue in dental education that results in a paper suitable for publication. Upon completion of the ADEA Leadership Institute, Fellows will have the opportunity to join the Leadership Institute Alumni Association where they will have continued development opportunities and are able to connect with other ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni.

Dr. Mina is a resident of West Hartford.

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