Karen Tulk’s journey at Durham College began in 1977 when she was hired as the full-time technologist for the dental programs. During the years that followed, Tulk was given the opportunity to teach part-time in the Dental Assisting program, while she maintained her full-time technologist position.
While employed at Durham College, Tulk pursued her Dental Hygiene diploma from Durham College and graduated in 1981. A year later, she left to start a family and for the following three years worked part-time as a dental hygienist in general and orthodontic practices. In 1984, Tulk returned to Durham College as a part-time professor in the Dental Hygiene program and gained a full-time teaching position in 1985.
During her years at Durham College, she has taught a full range of theory and practical subjects in both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs. In 1996 Tulk was elected as an academic representative to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and has continued to be re-elected, serving nine years. For the past four years, she has been an item writer for the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination.
Tulk has completed a teaching certificate with St. Clair College and regularly attends profession-specific conferences. She plans to continue to do what she loves to do – help prepare future dental hygiene professionals.