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J Dent Educ. 2015 Nov;79(11):1339-48.

The Role of Organizational Context in the Creation and Sustainability of Dental Faculty Development Initiatives.

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Dr. McAndrew is Clinical Professor and Senior Director, Professional Development, College of Dentistry, New York University; Dr. Motwaly was a senior dental student, College of Dentistry, New York University, at the time of this study; and Dr. Kamens is adjunct faculty, School of Continuing and Professional Studies and former Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, College of Dentistry, New York University. mm154@nyu.edu.
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Dr. McAndrew is Clinical Professor and Senior Director, Professional Development, College of Dentistry, New York University; Dr. Motwaly was a senior dental student, College of Dentistry, New York University, at the time of this study; and Dr. Kamens is adjunct faculty, School of Continuing and Professional Studies and former Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, College of Dentistry, New York University.

Abstract

Dental faculty development programs exist for a variety of reasons: to improve teaching skills, develop and reinforce relationships among colleagues and mentors, foster career development, and support curricular initiatives and institutional priorities. These activities impact individual faculty members as well as the institutions in which they work. Each institution has a distinct culture that should be acknowledged and understood alongside conventional outcome measures. As such, this article provides an expanded view of faculty development programming, associated educational activities, and related organizational changes at the College of Dentistry, New York University (NYU) since 2005. Contextual factors include the existence of an Office of Professional Development established in 1999, an Academy of Distinguished Educators founded in 2010, and other programs for present and future educators that support the college's educational mission. Outcomes include a comparison study of one program, the creation of new courses, the sustainability and expansion of existing programs, participants' retention rate, and an increase in awards and other educational accomplishments such as publication of abstracts, oral presentations, and related activities by NYU faculty at national forums in dental education.

KEYWORDS:

academic careers; dental education; faculty development; faculty retention; faculty training; organizational development; outcomes assessment; professional development

PMID:
26522640
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