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Dr. Lavern Holyfield

Dr. Lavern Holyfield, associate professor in public health sciences
and director of faculty development in the Office of Academic Affairs,
was awarded the 2012 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education
Fellowship March 18.

Photo courtesy Dr. Lavern Holyfield

Holyfield’s 2012 ADEA fellowship opportunity translates to big benefits for TAMHSC-BCD faculty development

Dr. Lavern Holyfield was formally awarded the 2012 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellowship on March 18, and she is already focused on the benefits of the opportunity — not just for dental education in a broad sense, but also for faculty development right here at her home base of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.

“I am grateful to have been chosen as the 2012 ADEA/William J. Gies Foundation Education Fellow,” says Holyfield, associate professor in public health sciences and director of faculty development in the Office of Academic Affairs. She was recognized during the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

“I look forward to working with the staff in the ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research and engaging in measures that will positively impact the proficiency of dental education, while simultaneously enhancing my capabilities as an academician and administrator,” Holyfield adds.

In addition to working with ADEA staff on key issues in dental education, Holyfield plans to integrate her experiences with her work at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, in order to facilitate discussions regarding retention of faculty, quality of teaching and learning needs of new instructors.

As part of the fellowship, geared to familiarize dental educators with a wide range of dental education issues, Holyfield will spend a cumulative three months at the American Dental Education Association offices throughout 2012.

During her time at the Washington, D.C.-based ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research, Holyfield will work with staff on issues such as faculty:

  • recruitment;
  • development;
  • retention;
  • leadership development;
  • teaching strategies;
  • competencies and assessment;
  • accreditation; and
  • licensure.