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J Dent Educ. 2019 May;83(5):560-566. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.059. Epub 2019 Feb 25.

Qualifications and Characteristics North American Dental Deans Seek in Department Chairpersons.

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Shariq M. Khan is a medical student, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine; Lorena Baccaglini is Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health; Asia A. Inagaki is a dental student, Creighton University School of Dentistry; John W. Reinhardt is Dean and Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry; Sharon Turner is Dean and Professor Emerita, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry; and Alvin G. Wee is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Veterans Affairs Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha, Nebraska and Associate Professor, Creighton University School of Dentistry.
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Shariq M. Khan is a medical student, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine; Lorena Baccaglini is Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health; Asia A. Inagaki is a dental student, Creighton University School of Dentistry; John W. Reinhardt is Dean and Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry; Sharon Turner is Dean and Professor Emerita, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry; and Alvin G. Wee is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, Veterans Affairs Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha, Nebraska and Associate Professor, Creighton University School of Dentistry. alvingwee@gmail.com.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine whether deans of North American dental schools perceived that one category of department chairperson skills (leadership or management) was more important than the other for their chairpersons to be successful. A secondary purpose was to determine the professional qualifications and personal characteristics these deans perceived contributed most to the success of department chairpersons and whether those differed by the research emphasis of the school. An email survey was sent in 2016 to all 75 deans of U.S. and Canadian dental schools with graduating classes. Section one of the survey was an open response section asking deans to list the five most essential characteristics of a successful department chairperson. Section two asked deans to rank the importance of eight listed professional qualifications, and the last section asked deans to rate the importance of four leadership and four management traits that could contribute to the success of their chairpersons. Questions about characteristics of the deans and the schools were also included. A response rate of 46.7% was obtained. The most frequent characteristics listed in the open response section were in the categories of vision, academic expertise, and integrity. The three most highly ranked professional qualifications were previous teaching experience, previous administrative experience, and history of external research funding. Four of the eight professional qualifications were ranked differently by deans of high compared to moderate research-intensive schools (p<0.05). Overall, the respondents rated leadership skills more highly than management skills (p=0.002) as important for departmental chairpersons.

KEYWORDS:

career success; deans; dental education; dental faculty; dental schools; department chairperson; faculty; leadership; management

PMID:
30804168
DOI:
10.21815/JDE.019.059
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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