Charlene Dickinson, R.D.H, B.S.D.H., M.S.

Dental Hygiene Program Director

Associate Clinical Professor

Communication Sciences and Oral Health

Charlene Dickinson, R.D.H, B.S.D.H., M.S.

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My first experience teaching in higher education was at Tarrant County College in 2001. This experience opened my eyes to an alternative career in my profession. It motivated me to complete the educational journey within my profession. With guidance and support from family and friends, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and completed a Masters of Science in Health Studies with a focus on higher education. 
I was offered an adjunct faculty position in TWU’s Dental Hygiene Program with the professional relationships I formed. Through many opportunities and experiences, I have expanded and enriched my knowledge and skills to new heights. 
Fall of 2014, I was offered a full-time visiting position as Assistant Clinical Professor, Senior Clinic Coordinator, and in 2015 was hired permanently. The years as a full-time faculty enabled me to grow in my teaching skills/ability and expanded my knowledge of being a faculty member on the university level. The opportunities I have gained through teaching, scholarship, and service are more than I ever thought I would have accomplished when I started this journey. With strong mentors and friends, I have grown in many ways. 
Summer, 2017 I was offered the position of TWU’s Dental Hygiene Program Director. Again, I was honored and excited to accept the leadership role the director position would hold. 
I maintain a current clinical license to practice dental hygiene since graduating in 1993, and I utilize that license in practice when time allows.  I have maintained an excellent work relationship with practicing oral health professionals in the field. I feel it is essential as a clinical educator to keep up with clinical skills. 
As I start my fourth year in this position and look back on the last several years, I am amazed by how much I have learned as an educator and as a clinician. These last few years have allowed me to expand my knowledge exponentially, and in return, share that knowledge with both students and my peers. 
I am thankful for all these opportunities, and look forward to many more. 


M.S., Health Studies: Higher Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
B.S., Dental Hygiene, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
Associate Degree, Dental Hygiene, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas


Oral Health

Latest Articles

Texas Woman's University Dental Hygiene Takes IPE Mobile
ADE Bulletin (2017)
Charlene B. Dickinson

Purposeful Partnerships Make a Difference
Exceptional Parent (2017)
Vicki Mason, Debbie Buckingham, Charlene Dickinson, Schelli Stedke


Oral Health Programs in the Community
in Community Oral Health for the Dental Hygienist, 4th ed | Elsevier (2017)
Christine F. Beatty, Charlene B. Dickinson, Amanda M. Hinson-Enslin, Magda A, de la Torre

Measuring Progress in Oral Health
in Community Oral Health Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 4th ed. | Elsevier (2017)
Charlene B. Dickinson, Christine Beatty

Careers in Public Health for the Dental Hygienist
in Community Oral Health Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 4th ed | Elsevier (2017)
Charlene B. Dickinson, Christine F. Beatty

Oral Epidemiology
in Dental Public Health & Research: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 4th edition | Pearson (2017)
Charlene B. Dickinson, Christine F. Beatty

Community Oral Health Planning and Practice
in Darby's Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 8th ed. | Mosby (2016)
Charlene B. Dickinson, Christine F. Beatty, Connie Beatty

Recent Presentations

Treatment Planning Made Easy
6th Annual Nancy Glick Symposium (2017)
Podium | Charlene B. Dickinson

ADA Guidelines: Coding for NSPT and How to Incorporate Clinical Attachment Loss (CAL) Into the Mix.
Southwest Dental Conference Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Express (2017)
Podium | Charlene B. Dickinson

Practical Considerations in Developing Creative Interprofessional Experiences
The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions 2016 Annual Conference (2016)
Podium | Charlene B. Dickinson

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Educators Association (ADEA)
  • American Dental Hygienist' Association (ADHA)
  • Dental Hygiene Educators of Texas (DHET)
  • Texas Dental Hygiene Educators Association (TDHEA),

Honors & Awards

  • Inducted into the Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha., Sigma Phi Alpha (2019)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2018)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success (2016)