Marie A. Collins, RDH, MS, EdD is currently serving as the inaugural Dean for Florida SouthWestern State College School of Health Professions. Established as one of the five FSW Schools in September 2012, the School of Health Professions offers two baccalaureate degrees, one post-associate certificate, eleven associate degrees, and five certificates; all preparing students for workforce entry and advancement upon graduation and successful credentialing. Talented faculty in the various School of Health Professions programs deliver the educational programs in accordance with national accreditation standards and the School’s outstanding graduates are successful in credentialing examinations and securing employment in their respective healthcare careers.
Dr. Collins earned both a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (1994) and a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education (1998) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (2006) from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro GA. She actively practiced as a licensed Registered Dental Hygienist from 1994 through 2012 in various private dental offices, two health departments, and in faculty practice clinic at the College of Dental Medicine.
Prior to her August 2012 arrival to FSW, Dr. Collins served 14 years at the Medical College of Georgia [now Augusta University] in Augusta GA, ultimately as a full Professor with awarded Tenure. She was the Department Chair of Dental Hygiene and held joint faculty appointments in the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Graduate Studies. For over two years, she served as Interim Associate Dean for Student, Faculty & Community Affairs in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Dr. Collins has extensive experience with planning and directing continuing education courses. From 2001-2012, she was the director of one of the largest and longest-running Dental Hygiene continuing education courses in the nation. She served as a national consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation for five years, conducting dental hygiene program site visits across the nation. She also served on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Dental Hygiene for eight years. Dr. Collins has been a keynote speaker and also presented her research findings at several state and national conferences. Her refereed professional publications include several abstracts, journal articles, and textbook chapters on various higher education issues and dental health topics.
At FSW, Dr. Collins has led initiatives to reorganize health programs into a cohesive school unit and fostered interdisciplinary collaborations with community partners. Since 2015, she has actively served on the Board of Directors for the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc., an organization that strives to strengthen and instill pride in family and community through programs and services that cultivate discipline, self-development, confidence and cultural awareness.