Anita Joy, BDS, PhD, of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) is the recipient of the 2018 American Dental Education Association/ADEAGies Foundation Education Fellowship. An eight-year member of the faculty, she is an associate professor and chair of the school’s Department of Growth, Development, and Structure.
“Being awarded this prestigious fellowship is an honor both personally and professionally,” Joy said. “I hope to be able to translate my experiences into practical policies and assessment protocols for the SDM. I plan to focus on strategic planning as it relates to educational/curricular competency assessments.”
The ADEA and ADEAGies Foundation annually provide the opportunity for a dental educator to become familiar with a broad range of timely issues facing dental education through a unique learning experience. Joy will receive a stipend valued at $15,000 to pursue a cumulative two- to three-month fellowship at the ADEA office in Washington, DC.
“Educational improvements are vital and need to be part of the culture of any institution because of the far-reaching effects they can have on the learner, the teacher, and, in the case of the dental school, our patients,” said Joy.
“The American Dental Education Association is a unique organization whose primary focus is academic dentistry. I have used every opportunity to learn from, teach, or share my experiences and network with dental educators from across the country,” Joy said.
“Dr. Joy is a valuable member of the School of Dental Medicine, both as a faculty member and an administrator,” said SIU SDM dean Bruce Rotter, DMD. “She is always poised to take on additional responsibilities, continually improving herself, as well as the school. This recent award/fellowship is further evidence of her willingness and ability to develop and contribute.”