5 years ago

Retention and recruitment of general dentists in an adjunct teaching model—A pilot study

Brian J. Howe, Cheryl L. Straub-Morarend, Verasathpurush Allareddy, David C. Holmes, I. Reed Parker, Christopher A. Barwacz

by Brian J. Howe, Verasathpurush Allareddy, Christopher A. Barwacz, I. Reed Parker, Cheryl L. Straub-Morarend, David C. Holmes


Retention and recruitment of part time clinical adjunct faculty members in dental education is becoming increasingly difficult as dental schools come to rely on this workforce for their increased involvement in clinical education. Contributing factors include full time faculty shortage, aging workforce, practice and student debt, practice and family commitments, and financial compensation. This study attempts to ascertain barriers to teaching so appropriate strategies can be formulated to address this issue.


In the spring of 2016 an email survey was sent to current and former adjunct faculty members to ascertain demographics and retention and recruitment strategies. Descriptive analyses were completed for all variables in the sample.


Twenty nine of forty six subjects responded to the survey with a response rate of 63%. Subjects over the age of sixty comprised 55% with only 17% being under the age of forty five. Overall family and practice commitments along with compensation were the primary barriers to teaching part time. For new dentists, student loan debt was the primary barrier to teaching. Travel to teach was also a barrier as 70% of respondents drove 200 miles or less to the dental school.


The study demonstrated that the aging part time work force is a great concern and new part time clinical adjunct faculty members must be recruited. Barriers to recruitment and retention of faculty must be considered and addressed to sustain this teaching model.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181602

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