Dr. Brian Chui, Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, completed the 2013 American Dental Education Association/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning (ADEA/AAL ITL), a two-phase, 50-hour program for early career faculty and dentists who are transitioning from private practice to a career in academia. The final phase of the ADEA/AAL ITL took place from October 17–19 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to far-ranging class-wide discussions about dental education, participants engaged in intensive small-group projects and individual development work. The 2013 ADEA/AAL ITL class included 79 participants from schools in the United States, Canada and Saudi Arabia, as well as individuals from private practice.

“The ADEA/AAL ITL has almost 400 alumni since its launch in 2006,” says N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., President of AAL. “Evaluations from participants and ongoing educational research conducted by our instructors keep the curriculum current and ensure that the program prepares faculty with teaching skills necessary to understand and communicate with today’s students.” Ninety-nine percent of graduates report a positive or highly positive experience with the program.

Through 2013, a total of 95 tuition scholarships have been provided for individuals to participate in the ADEA/AAL ITL. The scholarship providers include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, American Association of Endodontists Foundation, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists and Colgate-Palmolive Co.

The ADEA/AAL ITL curriculum was designed to provide participants with hands-on experience of key teacher tasks, and help them attain a higher level of excellence in evidence-based clinical and didactic modalities of dental education. Some of the topics covered include: instructional design and course planning, teaching in the classroom and the clinic, writing assessments, learning styles and critical thinking, mentorship, contemporary dental education models and academic career planning.

“The ADEA/AAL ITL is dental education’s premier program for faculty development in teaching and learning,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO. “The continued growth and popularity of the program shows the commitment of academic dental institutions and their faculty to excellence in teaching and learning.”

The six days of onsite classes were conducted in two phases approximately two months apart, supplemented by a distance learning module. Nationally recognized experts in curriculum development, higher education administration, leadership and pedagogy presented at the ADEA/AAL ITL, including William Hendricson, M.S., M.A.; John Littlefield, Ph.D.; Elaine Demps, Ph.D.; Paula O’Neill, M.Ed., Ed.D.; Janet Guthmiller, Ph.D., D.D.S.; Nader Nadershahi, D.D.S., Ed.D.; M.B.A.; and Tobias Rodriguez, Ph.D.

For more information about the ADEA/AAL ITL, please visit www.aalgroup.org/ITL or call 404-350-2098.

Brian Chui, D.D.S. is an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California.

Dr. Chui earned his dental degree from University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2010. He went on to complete a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry in 2011.

Dr. Chui is a full-time faculty and currently a Course Director at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in the preclinical curriculum. In his off time, he is an Associate in various private-practice offices.