University Senate Proposed: April 11, 2008
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH AN M.A./D.D.S.
(COLLEGE OF DENTAL MEDICINE)
WHEREAS health sciences education has traditionally been content-oriented and the vast majority of medical and dental educators have professional doctorates without a formal grounding in education, and
WHEREAS this lack of preparation to become teachers of the profession is keenly felt by many dental educators, and
WHEREAS there is an insufficient cadre of those well prepared to teach the foundation of dental sciences, and
WHEREAS of dental students who prepare to practice dentistry, few consider an academic career from the outset, and
WHEREAS the proposed program will enable those who wish to become dental educators to earn an M.A. at Teachers College designed to prepare college teachers while earning the D.D.S., and
WHEREAS the new core course designed specifically for the program, Selected Topics: Educational Practices and Research in the Dental Sciences (Scientific and Professional Issues), will be made available to all students in the M.A. program, and
WHEREAS there is active interest in such a program on the part of students, and
WHEREAS there are no existing comparable programs of study, and
WHEREAS the proposed program has the support of the Executive Committee of the College of Dental Medicine, the appropriate representative of Teachers College and the Provost, and
WHEREAS the Education Committee of the Senate has favorably reviewed the proposal,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University Senate approve the proposed program and forward it to the Trustees for appropriate action with the proviso that the Education Committee will review the program in five years.