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Professor Dillon Chosen as ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow

Joycelyn Dillon, chair of City Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene, has been named a fellow of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

The fellowship program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education.

According to people who have been through the ADEA program, fellows leave the institute prepared for expanded roles and with greater self-knowledge and personal vision for their careers. Dillon hopes to replicate that pattern.

“After I finish my year at the institute,” she says, “I plan to be a resource for dental educators and practicing hygienists on issues such as professional integrity, handling ethical dilemmas, treating geriatric and special needs patients, public advocacy, access to care, community involvement and lifelong learning.”

A faculty member at City Tech’s Dental Hygiene Department (the oldest dental hygiene program in New York City) since 1990, Dillon has been chair of the department since 2007. 

Residing in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, Dillon was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and immigrated to the United States, with her parents when she was a teenager.

After earning an AAS degree from City Tech and New York State dental hygiene licensure in 1975, she went on to graduate with a BS in dental hygiene and an MA in health education, both from Columbia University. She has been practicing clinical dental hygiene for more than 30 years.

While she was studying for her graduate degree, she worked as an educator in several New York City dental hygiene programs, including Hostos Community College, City Tech and New York University.

Dillon shares her expertise by lecturing at top professional meetings, including the Dental Hygienists Association of the City of New York, the Greater New York Dental Meeting (an international event that draws dentists and hygienists from more than 30 states and several countries), the National Dental Hygienists Association and, quite recently, at an International Week Dental Hygiene Conference in Amsterdam, Holland.

Dillon was recently reappointed to her second five-year term as one of three dental hygienists on the 17-member New York State Board for Dentistry — a body that handles discipline, legislation and licensure matters for dentistry, dental hygiene and dental-assisting professions in New York. She also serves as an examiner and member of the steering committee for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners — a group that administers dental and dental hygiene licensing examinations in 16 northeastern American states.

In addition to being chosen as an ADEA Fellow, Dillon was also awarded the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educator Fellowship, which provides a $4,000 honorarium to be used to cover expenses for the ADEA Leadership Institute.


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