Mr. Kacerik joined the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of New Haven in 2000. Mark has twenty years of teaching, administrative and clinical dental hygiene experience. With a broad range of experience it is his role as an educator that he enjoys the most. “There is a great reward in seeing students solve problems, reason and apply the knowledge they have gained from their studies. It’s exciting to be a part of it!”
Mark has taught at all levels of the dental hygiene curriculum, currently he is responsible for coordinating the sophomore clinic at the University of New Haven, which provides students with the foundation for future dental hygiene practice. Other areas of teaching experience include: dental hygiene research, instructional planning and media, radiology, local anesthesia, and mentoring degree completion student projects and internships.
Although most of his professional career has been in education he has always found time to stay active in clinical practice. “I feel it’s important as an educator to devote some time to clinical practice, it gives you credibility in the classroom and real life experience to draw upon and share with your students.”
Mark’s professional speaking engagements included invitations from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists, local components and the Dental Hygiene National Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha. Lecturing on case based test items, special needs clients, periodontal instrumentation, local anesthesia, medical emergencies and, ethics instruction in the dental hygiene curriculum. In addition to his peer reviewed publications, Mark is also a contributor to the Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Associations News Letter: HyLight. His other professional affiliations include the editorial review board for the Journal of Practical Hygiene and member of the National Board Dental Hygiene II Test Construction Committee.
Mark is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists, Association. His service includes: Secretary of the Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, President of the Bridgeport Dental Hygienists’ Association, Awards Committee Chair and Connecticut Dental Hygienists, Association Delegate. He also serves as the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association advisor, working with students to foster an interest in professional involvement and community service.
In 2011 Mark was inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha, the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession. Membership in Sigma Phi Alpha is comprised of elected dental hygiene educators and of graduates from accredited dental hygiene programs with high scholastic achievement. The purpose of Sigma Phi Alpha is to promote, recognize, and honor scholarship, leadership, and service among dental hygiene students and graduates of dental hygiene programs.