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Society of Educators

Connect with educators across the country to move orthodontics forward.

The AAO is proud to stand with orthodontic educators to advance the specialty. Any AAO member who is a faculty member at an accredited U.S./Canadian educational institution; or student member pursuing an orthodontic academic career, or non-orthodontist member of the orthodontic teaching team as verified by the Program Director or Department Chair, automatically qualifies for SOE membership.

Membership includes the opportunity to attend the annual meeting as well as other events that may be planned throughout the year.

The mission of the Society of Educators is to:

  • Foster improvements in orthodontic education and research.
  • Monitor changes and make recommendations to the AAO Council on Education (COE) relating to issues of orthodontic education, including, but not limited to, training, program accreditation, and financing.
  • Encourage orthodontists to seek positions of leadership in academic and research institutions.
  • Provide a forum for the interchange of ideas between educators and others with interests and/or expertise in education.

at the AAO Convention, April 2023. Photo By Jeff Pinette for AAO

Join your fellow educators in the SOE today.

Memberships in the SOE are available for institutions and individuals. Institutional memberships cover all educators in a department. Individual memberships are available in lieu of institutional membership.

SOE’s Educator Webinars …


What’s Your Personal Brand? (3.6.2024) Dr. Linda Love, UNMC Faculty Development will look behind the curtain of your personal brand and consider both blind spots and opportunities. 

She’ll teach educators to look strategically at the intersection of their passions, skills, and goals in relationship to their university, department, and the populations you serve. You’ll be equipped to take small actions that can have big impact on your brand, in 2024 and beyond.  Attendees will learn how to lean into and venture further on their path, whether it’s full professor, tenure, venturing out to speak at AAO events or other orthodontic programs, or more.

PAST SESSION: Data Science in Orthodontics: CBCT databases, digital orthodontics, and artificial intelligence by was presented by Dr. Jonas Bianchi (Feb. 2024)

Residency Programs: Current Trends and Future Plans (12.13.2023)
Moderator, Dr. Brent Larson and panelists Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, Dr. Nan Hatch, Dr. Sunil Kapila and Dr. Minnie Vishwanath discussed the current and future of education. To access the free, online recording, click here

REGISTER for the SOE Educational Leadership Conference in New Orleans

We hope that you join us at the 2024 SOE Ravindra Nanda Educational Leadership Conference on May 3, 2024 from 10:30 am – 5 pm in New Orleans, before the start of Annual Session. The program will start late morning with networking, followed by an informative afternoon with your peers.

Registration is OPEN for Annual Session 2024

at the AAO Convention, April 2023. Photo By Jeff Pinette for AAO

Your 2023-24 SOE Officers:

President, Dr. Divakar Karanth, BDS, MDS, M Orth RCS, MS (University of Florida) — [email protected]
President-Elect, Dr. Anil Ardeshna, DMD, MDS (Rutgers University) — [email protected]
Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Po-Jung Chen, DDS, MDS, MDentSc, (University of Nebraska Medical Center) — [email protected]
Editor, Dr. Hyeran Helen Jeon, DMD, MSD, DScD, (University of Pennsylvania) — [email protected]
COE Liaison to SOE: Dr. Reginald Taylor, DMD, DMSc (Texas A&M University) — [email protected]
AAO Staff Liaison, Michelle Ritterskamp

The AAO & AAOF provide opportunities for Educators & Residents to apply for Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

AAO COE Opportunities

  • The Full-time Faculty Teaching Fellowship
  • Craniofacial Anomalies & Special Care Training Award
  • Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) Fellowships
  • Chairs & Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) Fellowships

AAO Library Awards

  • Hellman, Sicher, & Graber Awards
  • Oral Research, Table Clinic & e-Posters
  • Dr. William R. Proffit Resident Scholar Award

AAOF Awards

  • AAOF Seven Award Program Priority Areas:
    • Biomedical Research Awards
    • Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Awards
    • Center Awards
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    • Educational Innovation Awards
    • Program Awards
    • Research Aid Awards
  • Jarabak/Salzmann/Blair Awards
2023 ITL Fellowship Recipients

Photos from the 2023 SOE Henry W. Fields Educational Leadership Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2023