Professor of Education in Dentistry, King’s College London
Mature Educators Award 2011
What it has meant to me
I have been an enthusiastic member of ADEE for many years now. I was doing well in my University and recognised as someone with some expertise in dental education. However I wanted to go further. My mentor discussed the idea of raising my international profile, getting recognition not just nationally, but internationally for what I do. This led to my putting forward an application for the ADEE Excellence in Education Award (mature educator) in 2011.
It was a lot of work to put the application together. It took many iterations before I was happy with what I said. I got colleagues to read it and offer comments and of course contacted those senior colleagues I respected and asked for letters of support as required. I contacted senior members of my University to ensure they were aware of my intention to apply and ensure I had their support in the process. In spite of all the work it was still a bit nerve-wracking sending in the final paperwork, although the staff in the ADEE office were very helpful.
I was delighted to obtain the award, the first awarded to anyone from King’s College London, and one of only a few in the UK.
The award meant I now had recognition of my work and achievements on the international stage, not just in my University and nationally. This is very important as one applies for promotion with in the University sector. To obtain promotion to the highest levels requires evidence of international esteem and recognition, the ADEE award helps with this. As in many situations, it is important to build up a portfolio of achievement to be able to move forward in one’s career. I would now see the ADEE award as essential in order to show the kudos and gravitas needed to move to the highest levels in a University structure. The award supported me in my application for Reader at my university and was clearly part of the evidence when I applied and obtained a personal Professorship in Education in Dentistry. I do not believe I would have been successful without the award as part of my portfolio of achievement.
It has helped me gain promotion
It has given me recognition by my peers
It has given me confidence in the education arena
It has allowed me to push many colleagues to apply for the award
It holds a nice place on my office wall and is a talking point for visitors!