Dr. David W. Paquette, associate professor and periodontology graduate program director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been named a fellow to the Leadership Institute of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
The yearlong program selects promising faculty members at academic dental institutions and guides them through intensive development in leadership and organization theory, higher education management, team and network building and other aspects of personal and professional growth.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Paquette to the 2006-07 class of ADEA’s Leadership Institute,” said Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf, ADEA president and dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. “Faculty members at our academic dental institutions are a precious resource, and these fellows are among the nation’s most promising dental educators.
“With the institute, they will gain the tools to grow as academic leaders and take their careers to a new level, at the same time they are positioning themselves to make significant contributions to our profession.”
The institute shepherds the fellows through several stages of development, said Dr. Karl Haden, founder of the Academy for Academic Leadership, which directs the program. “The institute is designed to build their personal and interpersonal leadership competencies, expertise in higher education and health-care policy issues and administrative abilities.”
During the year, fellows conduct interviews and participate in activities at their home institutions, where they are mentored by their deans and other academic leaders. The fellows gather four times for group learning activities. Working in teams, they also conduct a literature review of an issue important to dental education and write a position paper for publication. After completing the program, fellows continue their networking and learning activities.
Paquette has been a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry faculty since 1994, and his major research interests include the evaluation of novel interventions for periodontal diseases, design and statistical considerations for clinical trials and the interplay between periodontal inflammation and systemic conditions.
He is the chairman of the Organization of Postdoctoral Directors and the Subcommittee on Research Submissions with the American Academy of Periodontology.