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Involvement Opportunities

Welcome to ADHA's Involvement Opportunities page where you can volunteer for projects that fit your interests, expertise and schedule.

The process is easy!

First, peruse the list of projects in the "Opportunities" list below. To find out more information about a specific project, click on the title of the project. When you are ready to volunteer, click on the specific project you are interested in and click the words "Sign Up". Simple as that.

Come back often to learn about new opportunities!

Opportunities will be posted throughout the year. Please note in order to sign up for an opportunity, you must be a current member of ADHA (unless otherwise noted).

Opportunities

  • Call for Dental Hygiene Review Committee Nominations

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    • Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
    • The dental hygiene review committee (DHRC) is a standing committee of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The DHRC reviews site visits and progress reports on dental hygiene education programs and makes recommendations to the Commission on program accreditation status. Further, it considers policy matters related to dental hygiene education and makes recommendations to the Commission in those areas related to dental hygiene education.

      DHRC members serve as consultants to the Commission. Duties may include participation in site visit and ad hoc committees, in addition to committee responsibilities. Committee members are expected to communicate by fax, electronic mail and CODA's web-based communication tools.

    • Structure

      The DHRC is composed of eleven members, eight pertaining to dental hygiene, which include:
          * 1 discipline-specific Commissioner appointed by American Dental Hygienists’ Association
          * 4 dental hygienist educators
          * 2 dental hygienist practitioners
          * 1 higher education administrator

    • Criteria:

      CODA Requirements
          * Ability to commit to one 4-year term;
          * Willingness to commit 10-20 days per year to Review Committee activities, including training, comprehensive review of print and electronically delivered materials and travel to Commission headquarters;
          * Ability to evaluate an educational program objectively in terms of such broad areas as curriculum, faculty, facilities, student evaluation and outcomes assessment;
          * Stated willingness to comply with all Commission policies and procedures (e.g. Agreement of Confidentiality; Conflict of Interest Policy; Operational Guidelines; Simultaneous Service; HIPAA Training, Licensure Attestation, and Professional Conduct Policy and Prohibition Against Harassment);
          * Ability to conduct business through electronic means (email, Commission Web Sites); and
          * Active, life or retired member of the American Dental Association, where applicable.

      Educator Nominees:
          * Commitment to predoctoral, advanced, and/or allied dental education;
          * Active involvement in an accredited predoctoral, advanced, or allied dental education program as a full- or part-time faculty member;
          * Subject matter experts with formal education and credentialed in the applicable discipline; and
          * Prior or current experience as a Commission site visitor.

      Practitioner Nominees:
          * Commitment to predoctoral, advanced, and/or allied dental education
          * Majority of current work effort as a practitioner; and
          * Formal education and credential in the applicable discipline.

      ADHA Requirements:
          * Current ADHA member;
          * Complete an ADHA bio-data form;
          * Applicant will be required to explain their qualifications for the position, and define the special experiences or skills they can offer to this role;
          * Applicant articulates their commitment to higher education and the accreditation process;
          * Educator nominees must also meet the same criteria as noted for a site visitor.

    • Call for Site Visitor Volunteer Nominations

        Bio Data Form (Required)
        Site Visitor Nomination Form (Required)
      • Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, November 6, 2020
      • The Commission on Dental Accreditation considers nominations for site visitors on an annual basis at its Winter meeting. Site Visitors are appointed for one-year terms, which are renewable for six years. If appointed, the site visitor’s term will begin in October of the appointment year. The site visitor will be expected to complete the Commission’s online training program and attend a two-day training workshop in Chicago in June prior to their term start date. The site visitor will also be expected to be accessible and able to communicate by fax, electronic mail and the Commission's web-based communication tools. Review the full site visitor nomination criteria (PDF) for additional information. Call for Review Committee Nominations. ADHA is requesting nominations for the role “Site Visitor” in the following disciplines:
      • Allied Dental Education
      • * Dental Hygiene
        * Dental Therapy
      • Structure

        * The Commission considers a balance in geographic distribution, representation of the various types of educational settings, and diversity.
        * The Commission uses site visitors with education and practice expertise in the discipline or areas being evaluated to conduct its accreditation program. Nominations for site visitors are requested from national dental and dental related organizations representing the areas affected by the accreditation process.
        * The Commission is responsible for training accreditation consultants. Consulting assignments are made by the Commission. All site visit related expenses are assumed by the Commission

      • Criteria:
      • CODA requirements for dental hygiene site visitors:
      • * A full-time or part-time appointment with an accredited dental hygiene program;
        * a baccalaureate or higher degree;
        * background in educational methodology;
        * accreditation experience through an affiliation with a dental hygiene education program that has completed a site visit; and
        * accreditation experience within the previous three (3) years.

      • ADHA Requirements for dental hygiene site visitors:
      • * Current ADHA member
        * Minimum of a master’s degree
        * Minimum of 5 consecutive years of full-time experience in dental hygiene education.
        * Demonstrate current involvement in curriculum design, development, and evaluation and/or have responsibility for a dental hygiene program
        * Current license to practice dental hygiene and/or dentistry
        * Demonstrate effective communication skills, i.e. interviewing, listening, interpreting, writing, facilitating and negotiating
        * Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of institutions of higher learning
        * Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of dental hygiene education

      • CODA requirements for dental therapy site visitors:
      • * A full-time or part-time appointment with an accredited predoctoral dental or allied dental education program or an accredited (or recognized) dental therapy program; * a baccalaureate or higher degree; * background in educational methodology; * accreditation experience through an affiliation with a dental therapy, allied, or predoctoral dental program that has completed a site visit*; and * accreditation experience within the previous three (3) years*. *temporarily waived for dental therapist educator position until after CODA accredits dental therapy education programs Adopted: 02/16

      • Nomination Process

        * Site visitors for dental hygiene education programs are nominated by the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is an additional source of nominations that augments, not supersedes any nomination from ADHA. Individuals may also submit self-nominations to the Commission.
        * Applications also need to be submitted directly to CODA. Please download the Site Visitor Nomination Form (PDF). Once completed, submit your form to the appropriate CODA staff manager via email. Site Visitor Nomination Forms are due to CODA staff by December 3, 2018 for consideration at the Commission’s Winter 2019 meeting.

      • Open Call for Nominations for the JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene

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        • Vacant positions
        • * Student Member
        • * Educator
        • * Practitioner
        • JCNDE Mission Statement

          "The JCNDE develops and conducts highly reliable, state of the art cognitive examinations that assist regulatory agencies in making valid decisions regarding licensure of oral health care professionals, develops and implements policy for the orderly, secure, and fair administration of its examinations, and is a leader and resource in assessment for the oral health care profession."

          ADHA Committee on National Boards – Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE)

        • * Members are appointed by the ADHA president and approved by the ADHA Board of Trustees.
          * These committee members also serve as members of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) Committee on Dental Hygiene.
          * The names of committee members are transmitted to JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene following their appointment by the ADHA BOT.
          * The ADHA Committee meets immediately prior to the JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene. All travel and lodging expenses are assumed by the JCNDE.

        • Selection Process:

          * The ADHA Committee on National Boards is a committee of five, including the ADHA Commissioner to the JCNDE, one student member and three dental hygienists.

        • Criteria:

          • Dental Hygiene Student Member
              o Holds current ADHA membership.
              o Is currently enrolled as either a full-time post-entry level student, or part-time post-entry level student who is currently practicing or teaching dental hygiene.
              o Has successfully completed the National Board Examination within the last five years.
              o Serve a one-year term and accept a second one-year term when possible.

          • Dental Hygiene Educator
              o Must be employed in a dental school, college or university setting or hold a master's degree
              o Be a member of a dental hygiene faculty for at least 5 years;
              o Be actively involved in curriculum design or development, and/or have responsibility for development of clinical evaluation system.

          • Dental Hygiene Practitioner
              o Holds current ADHA membership.
              o Have a minimum of five (5) years of clinical dental hygiene practice with preference given to those who possess a baccalaureate degree
              o Must have experience in testing and measurement.

        • Technical Review Ad Hoc Group

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          • Start Date: Immediately
          • Description:
            ADHA is looking for volunteers to review content including advertising, photographs and clinical information for accuracy and appropriateness as needed.
          • Qualifications:

            Expertise in one or more areas of clinical dental hygiene practice including but not limited to:
            * Infection control/PPE/OSHA
            * Instruments and equipment
            * Oral pathology
            * Pharmacology
            * Resonance of content with a dental hygiene audience

            Ability to respond quickly

          • Coding Ad Hoc Group

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            • Start Date: January 1, 2018
            • Time Commitment: Ongoing
            • Qualifications:

              Dental hygienists with a broad range of experience and expertise, Continuing education speakers with expertise in dental coding, Practicing dental hygienists with a special interest in dental codes; Practice-Management dental hygienists, Dental hygiene clinician who is interested in coding