A national professional association since 1924. Providing guidance and education for America's Dental Assistant, the Board of Directors is the managing body of the Association, vested with the power to conduct all business of the Association.
Professional, Life, and Federal Services members shall be eligible to serve as an officer. The President and President-Elect should have served in a leadership capacity on the ADAA Board of Directors for a full term as an elected officer or Director. (A former Director is considered an elected officer). The First and Second Vice Presidents should have served in leadership capacities with ADAA that may include, but not be limited to, councils and committees, state associations, and/or directors.
Any ADAA Professional, Life, and Federal Services member in good standing may serve as a Director. ADAA members who are also employees of the ADAA are not eligible to serve as a Director of the ADAA.
The following comprises the council structure and guidelines of the American Dental Assistants Association:
- Ad Hoc Committee on Corporate and Professional Relations
- Bylaws Subcommittee
- Committee on Awards and Scholarships
- Committee on Fellowship and Mastership
- Committee on Legislation
- Committee on Student Involvement
- Conference Rules Subcommittee
- Council on Annual Session
- Council on Education
- Council on Finance
- Council on Governance
- Council on Membership
- Credentials Subcommittee
- Elections Subcommittee
- Nominating Subcommittee
- Subcommittee on IRS Compliance
- Subcommittee on Policies and Resolutions
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General Information and Leadership Responsibilities
Members of the Board of Trustees and Council Members are expected to work cooperatively to attain desired results. Leadership responsibilities encompass problem-solving and decision-making expertise, a broad national perspective, administrative and policy-making abilities, and strength of conviction to act in the best interests of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). The success of the ADAA is directly proportional to the effectiveness of its leadership.
Council members shall be thoroughly knowledgeable of the ADAA Bylaws, Manual of Procedures, Policies, and the Strategic Plan. Each Council in concert with the President shall develop objectives and strategies to accomplish the goals of the Strategic Plan.
No member of any Council may issue a public statement, in the name of that Council or in the name of the American Dental Assistants Association, unless the authority has been granted by the President, and the statement is clearly in accord with the policies of the Association.
Council members shall be expected to respond immediately to all correspondence and to transmit the required number of copies to the appropriate people. Council members shall include the Council Chair and designated staff representative in all correspondence and emails. Council members who disregard communications or do not follow through on assignments or participate in council activities to the satisfaction of the Chair shall be reported to the President for appropriate action.
Since a council position is an appointed position, the President has the authority to remove a council member or reassign a council member’s duties at any time. At such time a council member is removed or reassigned, the president shall give notice to that member and the Board of Trustees.
It is expected that Council Chairs shall report the Councils' actions to the Board of Trustees at the established deadline date. Council Chairs shall be responsible to obtain information from the Subcommittee Chairs, to be included in the Council Report. It is also expected that the Council Chair will report back to the Council members within 30 days of each Board meeting activity and actions related to their Council.
All Council Chairs/Vice-Chairs are responsible for initiating an annual review of Council responsibilities and related documents with the Council members and recommending changes as needed to the Manual of Procedures, the ADAA website, and the Strategic Plan.
Council Chairs are responsible to convene and preside over an initial meeting of their assigned Council to address directives and complete preliminary Council business within thirty (30) days of post Board. Additional meetings will be convened by the Chair as needed to fulfill all Council responsibilities. The Chair shall submit a full report of all Council activities by the designated deadline for inclusion in materials for all Board meetings and Annual Session.
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