Characteristics identified for success by restorative dental science department chairpersons

Alvin G. Wee, Robert O. Weiss, Christopher S. Wichman, Cortino Sukotjo, Gerald C. Brundo

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The primary aim of this study was to determine the characteristics that current chairpersons in restorative dentistry, general dentistry, prosthodontics, and operative dentistry departments in U.S. dental schools feel are most relevant in contributing to their success. The secondary aim was to determine these individuals' rankings of the importance of a listed set of characteristics for them to be successful in their position. All 82 current chairs of the specified departments were invited to respond to an electronic survey. The survey first asked respondents to list the five most essential characteristics to serve as chair of a department and to rank those characteristics based on importance. Participants were next given a list of ten characteristics in the categories of management and leadership and, without being aware of the category of each individual item, asked to rank them in terms of importance for their success. A total of 39 chairpersons completed the survey (47.6% response rate; 83.3% male and 16.2% female). In section one, the respondents reported that leadership, vision, work ethic, integrity, communication, and organization were the most essential characteristics for their success. In section two, the respondents ranked the leadership characteristics as statistically more important than the management characteristics (p<0.0001) for being successful in their positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Career planning
  • Dental education
  • Dental schools
  • Faculty development
  • Leadership
  • Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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