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Adjunct, Dental Assisting

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Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number 2015-0009-Fac-P
Working Title Adjunct, Dental Assisting
Position Type Adjunct Faculty
Department Dental Assistants
Job Summary/Basic Function

Under general supervision and in accordance with departmentally established practices and expectations, adjunct faculty teach assigned courses in accordance with established syllabi; maintain office hours and accessibility to students; and advise students.

Minimum Qualifications

Dental assisting faculty must have background in dental assisting, the specific subjects they are teaching and educational theory and methodology consistent with teaching assignment, e.g., curriculum development, educational psychology, test construction, measurement and evaluation.

Licensed dentists who provide supervision in the facility as required by the state dental practice act, who are not evaluating students, should have qualifications that comply with the state’s dental practice act.

Faculty providing didactic instruction must have earned at least a baccalaureate degree or be continuously enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at an institution that grants four-year degrees (Effective January 1, 2018 all faculty who provide didactic instruction to dental assisting students will have earned at least a baccalaureate degree).

Laboratory, preclinical and clinical faculty must hold any current dental assisting credential required by the state in addition to a Dental Assisting National Board “Certified Dental Assistant” credential.

Faculty members teaching additional or expanded dental assisting functions should be credentialed appropriately in those functions as required by the state. Faculty who are state-licensed dentists are not required to obtain additional certification. Licensed dental hygiene faculty who teach dental radiography would be eligible to teach dental radiography to dental assisting students without obtaining additional certification.

Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Dental assisting faculty must have current knowledge of dental assisting, the specific subjects they are teaching and educational theory and methodology consistent with teaching assignment, e.g., curriculum development, educational psychology, test construction, measurement and evaluation,
Dental assisting faculty have current knowledge at an appropriate level for the subject they teach, educational theory and methodology, and if applicable, in distance education techniques and delivery.
Dental assisting faculty have current knowledge at an appropriate level for the subject they teach, educational theory and methodology, and if applicable, in distance education techniques and delivery.

Posting Date 12/07/2015
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Pay Range Based on adjunct faculty salary schedule
Physical Demands

The characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Occasionally may lift up to 25 pounds.

Approximate percentages of other physical job requirements:
Standing 35%
Walking 35%
Sitting 25%
Driving 5%

Term of Employment Adjunct

Job Duties

Responsibility/Duty

As part of their contracted duties and specified by their division Dean or Department Chair, Adjunct Faculty may be expected to perform the following:

1. Provide the most effective instruction possible in one’s discipline to insure that the educational needs of students are met and that students achieve specified learning objectives.
2. Teach assigned courses, whether on campus or off campus, day or evening, following the official syllabi and using approved textbooks and other learning materials.
3. Meet all classes regularly and on time, as scheduled, and for their full duration.
4. Establish learning objectives and outcomes for assigned courses.
5. Evaluate student performance (attainment of learning objectives) and assign grades.
6. Serve as academic advisor to students as assigned.
7. Maintain all office hours and make arrangements for appointments with students at other times.
8. Participate in the department’s/division’s review of courses and programs.
9. Upgrade the educational program by evaluating course content, student needs, and instructional methods; make recommendations for improvement.
10. Assist in the preparation of course syllabi; engage in curriculum development (revising and updating existing courses and programs, creating new courses and programs)
11. Evaluate support materials available to students in the library and make recommendations for improving collections in one’s field.
12. Keep accurate records of student attendance, grades, etc.
13. Make arrangements with the department chair or assistant dean for covering classes when scheduling an absence.
14. Meet all deadlines in submitting grades or other required information on students.
15. Attend all faculty meetings, other convocations as appropriate, and graduation exercises.
16. Keep up to date with all license/ certification requirements by maintaining continuing education hours as required by the dental board
17. Maintain and assist the director in maintaining all accreditation standards, and policies and procedures.

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Teaching Philosophy
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of Transcript
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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