Faculty and Chair of Dental Hygiene Program

Posted: 07/07/2024

Reports To: Dean, School of Science and Health Sciences
Job Summary
Passionate and professional. If this describes you and you’re interested in guiding the next generation of Dental Hygienists, Hawkeye Community College needs you! We’re looking for an enthusiastic educator and knowledgeable dental practitioner with experience in hygiene to inspire our students and lead a strong faculty team. The public wants training opportunities and the industry needs trained professionals – it is a great time to join our outstanding Dental program.  
Hawkeye Community College is seeking a Dental Instructor / Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program to join our faculty team. Our full-time, twelve-month faculty position, to begin in August 2024, will teach in the Hygiene program while also being responsible for the overall strategic and operational administration of the program. To accomplish this, you’ll engage in creative programmatic development that fosters innovative pedagogies and technologies including various instructional delivery methods. You will also provide leadership for student engagement and success, faculty development, academic program accreditation, acquisition of external funding, as well as community engagement and partnerships. Teaching assignments may include days and evenings, and various sites and formats. The college provides a two-year faculty induction and mentoring program to support our newest faculty members.
Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs along with our Adult Learning Center and our Business and Community Education Department. With a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve, our Chair of Dental Programs will support Hawkeye Community College’s mission to empower students, strengthen businesses and enrich communities. 
Essential Job Functions
Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintains a teaching load of not more than two program courses per semester along with release time to achieve credit load.
  • Supports, recruits and advises students.
  • Assists faculty with developing instructional plans and materials. 
  • Employs various instructional modalities, methods and materials that are appropriate for meeting stated objectives, assessing accomplishments of students on a regular basis, and providing progress reports as requested and required.
  • Works with the faculty team to formulate and maintain curriculum for assigned courses.
  • Implements a systematic plan to assure successful program demonstration in the following areas:  performance on the licensure exam, program completion, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and job placement rates. 
  • Develops and implements a systematic plan for evaluation of the dental program to include student learning outcomes, program outcomes, role-specific graduate competencies, meeting accreditation standards set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  
  • Assists with faculty recruitment, orientation, evaluation, and retention. 
  • Reviews and manages dental program resources and assists the Health Sciences dean with the budget
  • Observes faculty teaching in conjunction with meeting accreditation standards but not for evaluative purposes as they pertain to employment. 
  • Schedules and assigns courses to appropriate faculty members for final review by the dean. 
  • Coordinates outreach and admission of new students, monitors instructional needs, and satisfactory academic progress for student success.
  • Directs the assessment, revision, and development of curricula while enhancing the integration of simulation and test prep systems throughout the program. 
  • Ensures compliance with dental education accreditation bodies and regulatory agencies requirements, including annual program reports, website and published materials, periodic program self-study efforts, and preparation for site visits. 
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with faculty, students, all divisions of the college as well as the program’s Advisory Committee, prospective employers, and the community.
  • Facilitates Dental faculty meetings and the Dental Program Advisory Committee. 
  • Participates in campus committees as assigned.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree. 
  • Two (2) years’ experience as a post-secondary dental educator.
  • Two (2) years’ experience of full-time clinical practice proficiency.
  • Licensed Dental Hygienist or a dentist who is a graduate of a CODA accredited program.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of operations and management of an educational program including accreditation, personnel, and budgetary responsibilities. 
  • Curriculum development, program evaluation, and student learning assessment experience. 
  • Experience in using technology and alternative delivery formats, including computer-assisted delivery. 
  • Must have the knowledge and ability to apply teaching skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new and current technical skills and ideas.
  • Demonstrated ability to use motivational skills and engage students in the learning process from all backgrounds and educational experiences. 
  • Must be adaptable to change and innovation. 
  • Knowledge of certification requirements and standards for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, theories and methods for effective, innovative instruction. 
  • Demonstrated track record of collaboration and transformational leadership skills.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills to positively interact with students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public in a professional and personable manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication. 
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, dental education software such as and video conferencing technology. 
  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Community college experience as an instructor or faculty lead.
  • Three (3) or more years as a dental educator.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of CODA accreditation.
  • Experience in reviewing and/or analyzing accreditation reports and data.
Working Conditions
Teaching assignments may include days, evenings, face-to-face, online, or hybrid instruction. 
Work is performed either in or a combination of an office setting and/or classroom setting using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move frequently during
working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.
Employment Status 
Full time, twelve-month faculty contractual position beginning in August 2024, with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick leave; tuition reimbursement and/or remission; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).
  • Salary will commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience based on the Hawkeye Professional Educator’s Associate Master Agreement.
  • The 2024/2025 Academic Year faculty pay structure consists of 20 steps with Step 1 as $61,141 through Step 20 as $80,814.
Application Procedure
  • Complete an online application at
    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following: 
      • Please describe your related education and work experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications of the position.
      • Share your teaching experience as well as your curriculum evaluation and development experience.
    • Submit/upload a resume.
    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.
  • Priority screening is set to begin on Monday, July 29, 2024. Completed applications, along with the required materials, received after the priority screening date will be considered at the discretion of the college.  
Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and  employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of  sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental,  family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person  
alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be  addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye  Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director  of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730- 1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:
If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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