Meet The Faculty
The Faculty: The program has well-known and outstanding faculty members who have served and are serving in numerous academic leadership positions at the local, state, regional and national levels. Faculty members have served as officers in respective professional associations (American Dental Education Association, American Dental Hygienists Association, National Dental Association, and American Association of Dental Schools). Faculty members have contributed to the knowledge of the field, with chapters in textbooks, journal reviewers, articles in professional journals, and are often invited to speak at national and regional conferences.
Cassandra Holder Ballard, EdD
Dr. Cassandra Holder Ballard is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Dental Hygiene at UTHSC. She holds a masterís degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration, a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education, and a Bachelorís Degree in Dental Hygiene. Dr. Ballard has over 20 years of experience in dental hygiene education. She has served as a Program Director and Department Chair. Her experience and knowledge of allied dental education spans the range of associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in community college, health science center, and dental school settings. Currently she teaches MDH 600 Methods and Strategies of Dental Hygiene Teaching and DH 425 Oral Disease Prevention and Patient Education. Her research interest includes the development of cultural competency in health care, issues in health care disparities, and interprofessional education.
Hope E. Oliver
Mrs. Hope Oliver is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Dental Hygiene Program. She holds a Bachelorís Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Masterís Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University. Mrs. Oliver has enjoyed an expansive career in dental hygiene. In addition to over 20 years as a clinician, she served as Assistant Professor in the department of Dental Hygiene at Tennessee State University. Currently, she teaches Health Sciences Education in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Administration & Supervision at Tennessee State University. Mrs. Oliver has served as a curriculum expert on the American Dental Hygienistsí Associationís Curriculum Task Force for the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner. She has also served as a site visitor for the American Dental Associationís Commission on Dental Accreditation. She currently serves as the ADHA Representative on the Appeals Board of the American Dental Association. Her expertise are in curriculum development and management; teaching and learning; and dental hygiene accreditation and practice management.
Ms. Sheri Sison was one of the first three graduates of the MDH program having completed her degree in December 2007. Prior to that time she was Assistant Professor of the DH faculty at LSU in New Orleans. She currently teaches 606 Statistics and 602 Research in DH Education. She left LSU in 2009, and now teaches Special Education in St. Tammany Parish.
Dr. Susan Crim
Dr. Susan Crim has served as a Program Director and/or Department Chair in Dental Hygiene for twenty-five years. Her experience and knowledge of allied dental education spans the range of associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in community college, university and dental school institutions. She holds a masterís degree in Adult Education and a doctoral degree in Education, Leadership and Human Resource Development. Her research has focused on distance learning and online education with publications in book chapters, journals, and scientific presentations. Dr. Crim received a Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award in 2006 presented by the International Academy of Human Resource Development. Dr. Crim serves as an Associate Professor in the online MDH Program and on the US Oral Care Advisory Board Division of Johnson & Johnson Oral Healthcare Research
Dr. Crim has been involved with allied dental education on a national level by appointments to professional organization committees and councils. These appointments have included, but are not limited to, the Commission on Dental Accreditation Dental Hygiene Review Committee; the American Dental Association (ADA) National Board Dental Hygiene Test Construction Committee and the Case-Based Test Construction Committee; Committee Chair for American Dental Education (ADEA) Dental Hygiene Curriculum Guidelines; Chair of the ADHA Council on Dental Hygiene Education; ADEA Council of Allied Dental Hygiene Program Directors (CADPD); ADEA CADPD Task Force on Collaboration, Innovation and Differentiation; ADEA Task Force on Guiding Principles for the Emerging Dental Workforce Models; ADEA Task Force for Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service; and, the ADEA Legislative Advisory Committee. Additionally, she has been involved in leadership positions with professional organizations such as constituent offices, the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors and, most recently, the ADEA Board of Directors as the Vice-President for the Council of Allied Dental Program Directors. She was selected as a recipient of a 2011 ADEA Presidential Citation.
Cynthia Calhoun, EdD
Dr. Cynthia Calhoun serves as Adjunct Faculty and teaches DH 701 Student Services in DH Education. She currently serves as Executive Director, Student Retention and Graduation and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Her expertise and research interests are student advising, retention, leadership, adult learners, and community colleges. Dr. Calhoun's professional presentations and workshops include both national and international conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Fisk University, a master's in Sociology and doctorate in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis.
Karen Adsit, EdD
Dr. Karen Adsit is professor and Dean of Lifelong Learning at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she directs the work of Continuing Education, the Center for Online and Distance Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Adsit holds a doctorate in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston and a Masters in Adult and Continuing Education, with specialization in Biomedical Communication from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Adsit has taught online for over 12 years and was an instructional designer/faculty developer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for 10 years. She also served as president of the Health and Sciences Communications Association in 1996. Dr. Adsitís research interests are faculty development and instructional design and development, online teaching & learning, educational technology integration in higher education, user interface design, and copyright and fair use issues in higher education.
Susan Daniel, RDH, PhD
Dr. Susan Daniel Dr. Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene. She recently completed her PhD and will become more involved in the MDH program beginning June 2013. Currently she supervises MDH course projects and other assigned activities. Dr. Daniel is well known for her authoring the DH textbook, Dental Hygiene, Concepts, Cases, and Competencies.
Dr. Nancy J. Williams
Dr. Nancy J. Williams is Graduate Director of the Program. She has an M.S. in Community Health and a doctoral degree in Higher Education with an emphasis on College Student Health. She teaches Community Oral Health Planning, Elective Study in DH Education, Internship in DH Education and Capstone Project.
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