Faculty and Staff

Excelling in Teaching and in Serving

The Department of Dental Hygiene employs some of the best faculty members in the state of Tennessee.  We have several full-time and adjunct faculty members.  All of the full-time faculty have or are completing their Master's Degrees.  All faculty members excel in teaching and in service.


Gary-Lee A. Lewis Gary Lewis, Department Chair, is a native of London, England who moved to the United States in 1984 and made Baltimore, Maryland his place of residence.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1992.  Gary received his Dental Hygiene Degree from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical College. 

He became a faculty member of the Tennessee State University Department of Dental Hygiene in May of 2000 and currently teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene, Radiology and Tooth Morphology to freshman and sophomore dental hygiene students.  He is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.  He has served in the capacity of Public Relations Chairman for both the Tennessee Dental Hygienists' Association and the Tennessee Academy of Dental Hygiene.  He is a Past-President of the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society.  He is an Assistant Professor and has a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Technology.  Email:  galewis@tnstate.edu

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Janice is a Registered Dental Hygienists who graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  She received her Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University where she served as a clinical faculty member during her graduate teaching assistantship. 

During her time at Old Dominion, Janice worked on various community projects and was awarded the Lindsey L. Rettie College of Health Science Research Award for her graduate project titled: Periodontal Disease as a Risk Factor for Systemic Diseases: Implications for Dental Hygiene Practice.  She is a current member of her professional organization, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, and is a Past - Vice-President of the Nashville Area Dental Hygiene Society.

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene where she's involved in various projects.  One includes, a Geriatric Education Grant, which allows her to be able to provide educational presentations to the medical and dental community regarding oral health for the elderly.  She teaches Radiology, Dental Hygiene Lecture and Clinical Dental Hygiene Practices to freshman and sophomore dental hygiene students.  Email:  jwilliams128@tnstate.edu

Departmental Photo A graduate of Meharry Medical College Division of Dental Hygiene in  1972, Rosalyn received a BS degree in Health Care Administration and Planning in 1980. She received a Master of Public Administration in 1981. She has been employed within the Department of Dental Hygiene since 1980 and currently teaches Ethics and Clinical Dental Hygiene.  Email:  rword@tnstate.edu



Gwendolyn Battiste, RDH, MPH

Brenda Kibbel, RDH, BS, M.Ed



Sunza Jones
Clinic Assistant

Jacque Nodell
Department Administrative Assistant
(615) 963-5801

Irene Holt
Clinical Administrative Assistant
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