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UMKC Professor Wins Dental Hygiene Educator of the Year Award

July 12th, 2013 · No Comments · Awards and Honors, Research

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[The following was provided by the School of Dentistry]

School of Dentistry Professor Nancy Keselyak won Dental Hygiene Educator of the Year Award. She was honored at the recent American Dental Hygienists’ Association Centennial Celebration in Boston.

Keselyak has been a dental hygiene educator for 35 years, and a professor at UMKC since 1999. She is the undergraduate course director for “Introduction to Preventive Practice of Dental Hygiene,” “Local Anesthesia and Pain Control” and “Practice Management.” She mentors senior students as they transition to licensed professionals.  Her devotion to student success is exemplified by students earning national recognition for their work under her mentorship. She serves as the junior clinic coordinator and is the course director for the “Pre-Clinic” and “Clinic I” courses. First-year students are introduced to instrumentation, critical thinking and patient care competencies. She has been recognized with “Lecturer of the Year,” “Clinical Teacher of the Year,” “Faculty of the Year” and “Distinguished Teaching” awards multiple times.

She also provides instruction and mentoring in the advanced education program with graduate and degree completion students. As course director for “Student Teaching and Conference I and II,” she uses a hybrid distance education model blending synchronous and asynchronous instruction and mentoring for classroom teaching. She stays connected with practitioners in the profession by teaching continuing education courses in a variety of subjects and has been the course director for a certification course in local anesthesia for dental hygienists for over 10 years.

Keselyak has served as the faculty advisor for the UMKC student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association since 2005 and remains actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning as a member of the American Dental Education Association.


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