Author(s): Haden NK, Beemsterboer PL, Weaver RG, Valachovic RW
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Abstract The 1999 publication of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS) President s Task Force on Future Dental School Faculty revealed a crisis in the shortages of dental school faculty. Stakeholders from around the nation have used the AADS Task Force report to address the crisis. In addressing one of the AADS Task Force recommendations, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), formerly AADS, gathered additional data through a new survey of dental school deans to elucidate the current state of faculty shortages. Based on this research, ADEA projects that the number of unfilled budgeted faculty positions in U.S. dental schools now approaches 400. Survey respondents identified retirement as the leading reason for full-time faculty separations, while separation to enter private practice was the second most frequent reason for leaving the institution. Offering a salary competitive with that of private practice was identified as the most critical factor in recruiting future faculty. A number of short and long-range strategies to recruit and retain faculty are presented. Ultimately, the dental school faculty shortage places in jeopardy the general and oral health of the public.
This article was published in J Dent Educ
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research