Marcia Lorentzen

Marcia Lorentzen


Dean, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Health Sciences Center - Office 411
(203) 576-4139

Dr. Lorentzen began her teaching career as a clinical and dental materials laboratory instructor after graduation in 1975. Early career interests involved private practice employment and a return to Fones School in 1995 as the Community Rotation Coordinator. Marcia has been a full-time faculty member since 2000, currently teaching undergraduate Periodontology and Master’s Clinical and Didactic Educational Concepts. Academic honors include selection as a Dana Scholar, membership in Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, and election into the all-academic discipline Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. In 2011, Dr. Lorentzen earned the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership after successfully defending her dissertation Constructing a Dental Hygiene Education: A Survey of Educational Methods.

In the University, Marcia has been Senate Secretary and on the Faculty Handbook Committee, Academic Technology Steering Committee, and Safety Committee. Dr. Lorentzen is currently in University Senate and Fones School Academic Standards, Admissions, and Curriculum Management Committees. She is a presenter for Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene National Board Review and as requested on educational methods and dental hygiene topics.

Marcia is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, American Dental Education Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, and local component association. Dr. Lorentzen represents the interests of dental hygienists through positions in the Association, as President of CDHA 1994-1995, past delegate to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, previous Dental Hygiene Curriculum Consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and currently the ADHA State Education Network Liaison for Connecticut.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Bridgeport, 2011
M.S., Education, University of Bridgeport, 2004
B.S., Dental Hygiene, University of New Haven, 2002
A.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, 1975


Courses Taught:
DHYG 241 Periodontology
DHYG 140 Introduction to Periodontology
DHYG 503 Clinical and Didactic Educational Concepts


Tammy R. Sanderson and Marcia H. Lorentzen. “Linking Dental Hygiene Admissions Criteria to Licensure Examination Pass Rates.” Accepted for publication in Journal of Dental Hygiene (2014).
Marcia H. Lorentzen. “Constructing a Dental Hygiene Education: A Survey of Educational Methods.” Abstract. Journal of Dental Hygiene 86:1 (Winter 2012): 40


Honors and Awards:
Best Doctoral Dissertation for 2011-2012, University of Bridgeport, College of Education Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Bridgeport Chapter, 2008
Chapter Secretary, 2009-2011
Mabel C. McCarthy Award, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, 1999