Renee Garcia-Prajer R.D.H., M.S.
A.S. Dental Hygiene; University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.
B.S. Dental Hygiene; University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.
M.S. Education; University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.
Certified in the Delivery of Local Anesthesia, State of Connecticut
American Heart Association Instructor Certification, BLS for Health Care Provider
Renee serves as the Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences, is a tenured, and Full-Professor who began teaching in the discipline of dental hygiene in 1990. Throughout this time, she has spanned clinical and didactic curriculum in all levels of dental hygiene education including Oral Radiology, Oral Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Dental Hygiene Research, Dental Hygiene Senior Project, Dental Hygiene Internship/Service Learning, Dental Hygiene Concepts I, II, III, IV and Advanced Dental Hygiene Concepts. Professor Garcia-Prajer is an enthusiastic educator who enjoys the utilization of technology in the classroom and initiating contemporary ideas into the dental hygiene curriculum. She has led experiential education internships in Honduras, Italy and on Native American Indian Reservations serving the Lakota, Navajo and Cherokee tribes across the United States.
Professor Garcia-Prajer is a published author in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the Journal of Practical Hygiene, dental hygiene textbook chapters, and a co-author of DH Notes. Professor Garcia-Prajer has presented at the local, state and national levels. She has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Experiential Education Service-Learning Award the University's Excellence in Experiential Education Award, and the prestigious Excellence in Teaching award.
Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Connecticut Dental Hygienists' Association, the New Haven Dental Hygienists' Association and the National Society of Experiential Education. She is a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and also serves a Curriculum Consultant for the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a member of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination test construction committee.