Dr. Valerie Murrah, chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, was recently elected to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Council of Faculties’ Administrative Board.
The Council of Faculties’ mission is to represent and advocate for faculty within ADEA, the only national organization that serves the academic dental community. Murrah officially joined the board at the 2010 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition, held in Washington, D.C.
As a part of its mission, the Council of Faculties works to create and implement projects designed to enhance faculty development, takes an active role in recruiting and retaining dental faculty as ADEA members, advocates for and facilitates the scholarship of teaching and learning, and works with other ADEA groups to encourage coordinated approaches to dental and allied dental education and health care delivery.
Murrah recently co-authored a video, titled “Head and Neck and Oral Cancer Examination,” which received Council of Faculties support. Other co-authors were Dr. Michael A. Siegel and Domenic M. Aloise of Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, and the video is available to practitioners of dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health through MedEd Portal.
During a previous ADEA meeting, Murrah also took part in an academic career panel focused on encouraging students to consider a career in academic dentistry.
Murrah has represented UNC-Chapel Hill on the Council of Faculties for multiple years. Her other ADEA leadership involvement includes service as chair of the Women’s Affairs Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the ADEA Board of Directors on planning and programming for the advancement of women in dental education.