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Julie A. Galleshaw

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Professor Galleshaw has been a practicing clinical dental hygienist for over 37 years and a full-time Dental Health faculty member since 2002. She served as the Dental Hygiene Program Director from December 2020 to June 2022 and has taught multiple courses within the program throughout her tenure. Professor Galleshaw has been active within her professional association serving in numerous positions over the years. She currently serves as the Finance Chair for the Rhode Island Oral Health Coalition. Collaborates on the Oral Health Task Force and is a member of the Rhode Island Public Health Association.  


BS, M.Ed, Rhode Island College
MA, Univ Rhode Island

Academic Focus

  • Currently teaches:
    • DENT 1000: Introduction to Dental Health Careers
    • DENT 2220: Dental Materials for Dental Hygienists
    • DHYG 1010: Dental and Oral Anatomy
    • DHYG 2040: Community Dental Health I 
    • Management of Medical Emergencies for the Public Health Dental Hygienist
  • Clinical Coordinator for:
    • DHYG 2070: Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
  • Co-teaches:
    • DHYG 2200: Local Anesthesia
    • DHYG 1030: Clinical Dental Hygiene I
    • DHYG 1060: Clinical Dental Hygiene II
    • DHYG 2030: Clinical Dental Hygiene III

Areas of Expertise

Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator (2019)
Preceptor from the Rhode Island Collaborative for Interprofessional Education and Practice (2020-2021)

Presentations and Activities

  • Collegewide Committees:
  • Faculty Senate: Student and College Success Committee Chair (present)
  • Commencement Faculty Marshal (2003-present) Served as the 2020 Grand Marshal in 2020 and 2022
  • Governance committees:
  • Student Advisory Committee Chair (2009-2019)
  • Health and Safety Committee Chair (2021-2022)
  • Wellness Committee 
  • The Americans with Disability Act Committee (ADA) (2013-2021
  • Distance Learning Advisory Committee (2020-2022)
  • Co-chair for Professional Development Day -2019
  • Has served over the years as the Dental Hygiene Club advisor (2006-2019) and the SEN Representative to the ADHA
  • Presentations:
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Team building to enhance patient-centered care
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Making a Life-Saving Difference
  • Advancements in the Prevention and Management of Dental Caries
  • How to Handle Office Emergencies
  • Activities:
  • CDCA-WREB-CITLA-Commission on Dental Competency Assessments Examiner (2018-present)
  • Board of Dental Examiners for the State of Rhode Island- Board member (2017-present)
  • RI Mission of Mercy (2011-present)
  • Autism Project-Imagine Walk Team captain (2003-present)
  • URI Adult Education Advisory Committee (2019-2022)
  • North Providence Special Education Local Advisory Committee Chair (2006-2013)

Areas of Interest

Public Health
Rhode Island Mission of Mercy
Interprofessional Education
Oral Cancer 
Autism Awareness