Donna Warren Morris is a tenured professor in the department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Houston in 1993, she was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Her teaching and research focus mainly on preventive dentistry, oral health promotion and geriatrics. Additionally, she serves on the faculty of the Houston Geriatric Education Center and is an elected member of the UT Consortium on Aging. She has authored numerous journal articles and has presented national and regional faculty development workshops on topics such as electronic portfolios, online education, interprofessional education and geriatric oral health. Active in the American Dental Education Association, she was a member of the ADEA Taskforce for Development of Educational Guidelines for New Oral Health Professionals in 2010 and on the Council of Faculties for seven years.
Donna is the recipient of the UNC-CH Dental Hygiene Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, the ADEA Dental Hygiene Teaching Excellence Award, the Procter and Gamble Teaching Excellence Award, two UT John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Awards, the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for the Scholarship of Engagement and Collaboration, the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching and numerous other teaching awards. She is a member and serves as the secretary-treasurer of Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Donna is an active member in the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association and the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators' Association. She serves on the editorial review board for the "Journal of Dental Hygiene".