Term Instructor/Assistant Professor of Dental Assisting

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Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:College of Health
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Health Profession

Position Summary:

The UAA College of Health, Dental Assisting Program is searching for a Term Instructor or Term Assistant Professor of Dental Assisting. This position is responsible for teaching Dental Assisting courses. This position plays a key role in assuring that students meet learning outcomes and meeting accreditation standards.


100Responsible for the theoretical and practical instruction in any of the following areas: clinical dentistry, dental ethics, sciences in dentistry, oral health and disease prevention, infection prevention in dentistry, occupational health and safety, vital signs, charting, the special needs patient, foundations in clinical dentistry, dental radiography, dental materials, dental specialties, dental administration and communication skills. Teach up to 24 workload units per 9 month contract, courses are delivered face to face, hybrid and online. Contribute to the improvement of the department, college, university and community through active involvement in approved committee work. Maintain office hours according to contractual guidelines. Write and update course syllabi, and assist with curriculum review, revisions, and development. Maintain program learning outcomes, implement quality assurance plan, and curriculum. Coordinate and enforce national accreditation requirements and standards. Engage in professional development in the field of dental assisting and adult education. Attend departmental meetings and engage in continuous quality improvement. Work effectively and collaboratively within the scope of the University of Alaska mission with a diverse student population and university staff. Coordinate students, adjuncts and dentists during clinical courses. Coordinate students for clinical rotations. Provide instructions for laboratory coordination and monitor student activity during lab sessions to ensure a safe working environment and assess competency in performing procedures. Perform other work related duties as assigned by the departmental director.Essential

Summary of School of Allied Health and Dental Assisting Program:
The School of Allied Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage is one of the largest divisions within the College of Health and encompasses the following programs: Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting, Fire and Emergency Services, Pharmacy Technology, Radiologic Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dietetics & Nutrition, and Surgical Technology. 

The Dental Assisting program offers an Undergraduate Certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting, and prepares students to become certified Dental Assistants. Students graduate as competent and ethical Dental Assistants with the knowledge and skills for entry into high demand careers in the healthcare industry. The Dental Assisting program makes an important contribution to the College of Health’s mission to advance the health and well being of people and communities.


  • Ability to teach using various methods to engage students in learning, such as lecture presentations, group interactions, curriculum management system, research and teach using online modalities such as a Collaborate.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and professional with students, faculty, staff and the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in a faculty team.
  • Demonstration of commitment to online professional development.
  • Must be comfortable working in a cooperative and organized setting with diverse students, faculty, staff, and community.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of three years of clinical experience as a dental assistant.


  • Experience with web-based course design and delivery.
  • One year of teaching in a dental assisting educational program is preferred.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing and promoting engagement with diversity in our community and student body.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional growth.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • National Board Certified Dental Assistant within three months of being hired

Position Information:
Term-Funded, Instructor or Assistant Professor rank, 9 months per year, and teaching up to 12 credits of courses per semester

Salary will be based upon level of academic appointment, applicable academic preparation, and experience.

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online applications:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information of three professional references
  • Copy of Certification of Dental Assistant (CDA) - if currently certified
  • Copy of transcript verifying highest degree

This position is part of the United Academics union (UNAC) - http://unitedacademics.net/

Conditions of Employment:

  • Successful candidate must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for this position.
  • Must have CDA within three months of being hired.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States; no work visas are available for this position.

Encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity present in our community and student body.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:
UAA is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at

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