ASDA introduces students to organized dentistry and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills. ASDA national leaders have gone on to serve on ADA’s New Dentist Committee, state and local societies and as presenters at ASDA, AGD and ADA national meetings.
This diagram shows the structure of ASDA and how the Board, Councils, Editorial Board and other national leaders work together.
What's your leadership path?
Each student's journey is different. Some start out as chapter leaders, other dive right into a national role. We asked current national leaders in various positions to tell us what led them to volunteer with ASDA, what skills they feel are required to do their job, their biggest "growth" moments, and
advice for future leaders.
How to Apply
Only active ASDA predoctoral members may apply (unless otherwise stated). We strongly encourage students to read about the different paths to national leadership and contact the current leaders
to learn more about the position before applying. Be sure to read through the position descriptions before starting the submission process. Applications for all positions, except district trustee, were due on Jan. 6. District trustee applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 12, 2014. To apply, log in and click "view my account" to visit your member profile and select "Apply for Leadership Positions" on the menu. From there, you can apply for "District Trustee" or "Other Leadership Positions."
You must upload the following required materials when applying:
- Letter of intent for each position you apply for
- CV or resume
- Photo of yourself
- Writing samples (for editorial board only)
- Letter from your dean (or registrar for predental applicants) stating you are in good academic standing (this letter can also be mailed or faxed using the contact information below)
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You may edit your application materials at any time up until the established deadline by logging into your profile, selecting “My Applications and Abstracts” from the main menu and then clicking “Details” next to the application you submitted. This will take you back to a review page of the materials you submitted. Click the page on the left side that you would like to update and select “Save” after you make your changes.
Questions about the application process? Contact Stephanie Follett, governance and leadership coordinator, at 312-440-2490 or Stephanie@ASDAnet.org. You may fax your dean's letter to Stephanie at 312-440-2820. If you don't have your login or password, contact Membership@ASDAnet.org for help.
Meeting Attendance Requirements
National leaders must be able to attend each meeting as listed in their position description. Applicants who can not attend all required meetings will not be considered - no exceptions. Please review this carefully before applying. Click here for a list of national meetings. Funding is provided for required meetings and includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.
Elections and Appointments
The 2014-15 appointed leaders will be selected by the 2013-14 board of trustees in January 2014. Elected leaders (the executive committee, speaker of the House and district trustees) will be selected at Annual Session, Feb. 26-March 1, 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. All 2014-15 national leaders will begin their term at the conclusion of Annual Session.
Orientation & Leadership Training
ASDA national leaders are introduced to their new role through an orientation program (in-person and via conference calls), including:
- Overview of ASDA organizational structure, standing rules, policies and procedures
- Tips for leading a team, along with a copy of "Enhancing Committee Effectiveness"
- Position-specific training from prior year's leaders
- Resources for how to make strategic decisions and manage conflict
- Mentorship from ASDA staff and other leaders in organized dentistry
Elected Positions (elected by House of Delegates or chapter delegates at Annual Session):
District trustees guide chapters in their district and act as the official liaison between the local chapters and national ASDA. Each district trustee serves as a member of the board of trustees and is appointed to a council.
District Trustee Duties
District Trustee Application
The speaker of the House of Delegates presides over the House of Delegates business meetings at Annual Session and guides members through the resolution process.
Speaker of the House Duties
Speaker of the House Application
Appointed Positions (selected from a pool of applicants by board of trustees):
ASDA’s councils are instrumental in creating projects and initiatives to further the association’s goals. Councils act on resolutions passed by the House of Delegates and help to identify programs and recommend policies to meet the needs and interests of dental students.
Council chairs supervise and direct the activities of the council and facilitate council meetings. At the end of their term, chairs attend ASDA's Annual Session. Council chairs also serve on ASDA’s Strategic Plan Oversight Committee (SPOC) with the executive director, president and editor-in-chief to monitor the association’s progress of the goals in the strategic plan.
Council associates serve as a member of a council and participate in all council activities. Associates are encouraged to apply for the council chair position the following year.
Council on Advocacy
The Council on Advocacy monitors and reports on current legislation relevant to dental students and the profession. The council
also plans National Dental Student Lobby Day and provides assistance to chapters in organizing grassroots political activities. The council is composed of a chair, ADPAC student director and five legislative coordinators.
Council on Advocacy Chair Duties
Council on Advocacy Chair Application
The ADPAC student director serves as liaison to the ADPAC
board of directors, with full voting rights. The ADPAC student director also provides leadership in the areas of legislation and advocacy.
ADPAC Student Director Duties
ADPAC Student Director Application
Legislative coordinators (LCs) work by the direction of the chair of the Council on Advocacy. They represent the chapters in their region and guide chapters on grassroots activities such as ADPAC drives, state lobby days and email campaigns.
Legislative Coordinator Duties
Legislative Coordinator Application
Read about recent accomplishments from this council and see who currently serves on this group.
Council on Communications
Council on Membership
Council on Professional Issues
Externships offer an exciting first step to becoming leaders in organized dentistry. The externship program allows dental students to experience national and state health policy legislation and association management. Externs work four weeks over the summer in the ADA’s Washington, D.C. office or ASDA central office in Chicago. Externs receive a stipend, transportation to and from Chicago or Washington, D.C., and student housing near the office.
Two Chicago administrative externs are selected to work at ASDA’s central office, becoming directly involved in many aspects of the association including marketing, communications, operations, membership and meetings. Externs spend time in each department of the central office and have specific responsibilities including the completion of projects assigned by ASDA staff. For a more in-depth look at the Chicago externship, read this August 2012 ASDA News article "ASDA externs learn all about organized dentistry in the windy city."
Chicago Extern Duties
Chicago Extern Application
Two Washington National Health Policy externs are selected to work in the Washington, D.C. office of the ADA, becoming directly involved in the legislative process through congressional lobbying, contact with health policy experts and extensive research and position development. Externs have specific responsibilities including the completion of projects assigned by the ADA staff. Externs are also expected to identify projects to meet the needs and interests of dental students and to develop and propose association policy, or policy revision, as needed.
Washington, D.C. Extern Duties
Washington, D.C. Extern Application
The predental consultant provides insight into the unique needs of ASDA's predental members. This position will help keep councils and central office staff informed of predental topics and issues. The predental consultant will serve as liaison between the predental advisory committee and the council on membership.
Predental Consultant Duties
Predental Consultant Application
The predental advisory committee is made up of up to five individuals who provide feedback on predental student focused initiatives. They will work closely with the predental consultant and the council on membership to ensure that new programs properly address the needs of predental members.
Predental Advisory Committee Duties
Predental Advisory Committee Application