Skip Navigation
Multi Photo Banner
About The School Header Image

Two Chosen for 2013 ADEA Leadership Program

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:32am

Ana Neumann, DDS, PhD

Muhammad F. Walji, PhD

A. Neumann

M. Walji

Two rising faculty members at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Assistant Professor Ana Neumann, DDS, PhD, and Director of Informatics Muhammad Walji, PhD, have been selected as fellows for the 2013-14 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

Walji is also an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences. Neumann is an assistant professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health.  They will join other ADEA fellows from around the country for leadership and administrative workshops during the coming year. The fellows will learn about policy issues affecting dental education and will strategies for decision-making, setting priorities and conflict resolution.

Ryan Quock, DDS

R. Quock

Donna Warren Morris, RDH, MEd

D. Warren-Morris

In 2012, two other UTSD faculty members were chosen for the Leadership Institute:  Ryan Quock, DDS, associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, and Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd, professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

For Quock, the program was an intense but rewarding experience.  “I am much more informed about the administrative ins and outs of academics,” he said. “It was especially helpful to interact with my peers and mentors at the Institute.”

In the first training session, fellows explored basic leadership concepts and individual personality traits. Another session focused on policy and legislative issues and included visiting federal lawmakers in Washington, DC.

In the final workshop, participants got a crash course in the administrative and legal aspects of dental education, such as strategic planning and fundraising. Each of these multi-day workshops were jam-packed with activities and group projects that kept fellows busy from dawn to dusk, Quock added.

There were even reading assignments and papers to write in between gatherings, Warren-Morris said, but the hard work provided an opportunity to interact with rising faculty from other dental schools.  

“Meeting and networking with the other leadership fellows and our mentors have been invaluable; these are people we can call on in the future,” she said.