Congratulations to Abimbola Adewumi who completed the 2013-2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute program. Adewumi was celebrated, along with 23 other new graduates, at a commencement dinner during the 2014 ADEA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in March. Adewumi, B.D.S., F.D.S.R.C.S. (Eng), M.Ped., DentRSC (Eng), is a clinical associate professor in the University of Florida Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
As a Fellow of the ADEA Leadership Institute, Adewumi is one of only 285 members and, as such, joins a cadre of the nation’s most promising dental educators.
The leadership institute is a year-long program that develops the nation’s most promising dental educators to become leaders in dental and higher education. Institute fellows hold positions ranging from department chairs to program directors to deans of dental schools.
The institute, unique to dental education, is conducted in four phases during which Fellows undertake a variety of assignments designed to both guide and enhance their professional development. The program includes sessions in leadership theory, team building, communications, managing change, public policy, educational policy, legal issues, research, and budgeting and financial management. They also engage in self- and peer-assessment and gain perspectives about oral health policy and legislation, organization and financing of higher education, budgeting, and other skills associated with effective leadership.