Reshaping dental faculty development using collective healthcare experiences

Lina Sharab, Jyoti Sonkar, Priya M. Thomas, Priya Prasannakumar, Upoma Guha, Martin Leventer, Konstantinos Vazouras, David Cappelli

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Dental academics provide a fulfilling career path to educate the next generation of oral health professionals. The number of dentists choosing a career in dental academics is declining and existing faculty are opting for other career options. As the number of dental schools increase across the US, a critical shortage of educators may be evidenced. In dentistry, innovative approaches to develop academic faculty are not keeping pace with the growing needs of dental faculty, who are challenged to establish a fulfilling work-life balance. This work reviews existing methods that other health professions implement to develop faculty for successful career growth. This review highlights factors and related cofactors that influence career development among dental faculty. Recommendations are presented as potential solutions based on the assessment of similar experiences published by related academic healthcare professions. Dental academia must increase attention to faculty needs and awareness by conducting institutional-specific studies to address these issues with customizable solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1234-1241
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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© 2023 American Dental Education Association.


  • education
  • faculty
  • faculty development
  • mentoring
  • professional interest
  • research
  • tenure tracks
  • women faculty
  • womens’ affairs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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