UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Nguyen, Carol Ann

Dental School
(210) 567-3838

Carol Nguyen is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSCSA, Department of Periodontics, Division of Dental Hygiene. She began her full-time teaching career in 2000. Her professional strengths are in teaching and service with focus on advocating for public health programs for vulnerable and underserved populations using interprofessional collaborations. As an educator, her goal is to help students be successful, independent, life-long learners by accommodating learning styles in a manner that bridges the gap between theory and clinical practice.

Ms. Nguyen serves as a core faculty member and the course director for undergraduate and graduate level courses in didactic and clinical formats. Ms. Nguyen serves as the Division Community Outreach Director and Director of the Bachelor Completion Program in Dental Hygiene. The BS degree completion program is unique on the UTHSCSA campus because it offers an online curriculum. This program accepts up to fifteen students annually. Ms. Nguyen is responsible for marketing, admissions, advising and mentoring students, reviewing the curriculum, and certifying students for graduation. As an early adopter of sound teaching methods for online courses, she was part of a University wide, pilot faculty group that implemented an online learning management platform (Canvas) that was reported in the literature as the best practice for online teaching. In 2016, she became certified to teach online by completing Quality Matters Course. During her tenure, she has served as committee chair and committee member for several Master of Science students resulting in numerous publications.
Ms. Nguyen?s former role as Program Director for AHEC Healthcare Transition Fellowship for the Developmentally Disabled led to publications and presentation on health literacy and healthcare transition at state and national meetings. Consequently, she was awarded the state Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the Texas Dental Hygiene Directors. In 2013, she received the Innovative Teaching Excellence Award from UTHSCSA for efforts in interprofessional teaching. In that same year, she received the Alumna of the Year from the UTHSCSA Division of Dental Hygiene for service to the profession and community. In 2016, she received a teaching fellowship from the Hispanic Center of Excellence.

9/2016 - Present Associate Professor with Tenure and Dental Hygiene BS Comp Program Director The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Periodontics, San Antonio, TX