Assistant Professor Dental Auxiliary Programs, Tenure Track

Grand Rapids Community College

Job Description

Date: January 9, 2023

Position Title: Assistant Professor Dental Auxiliary Programs, Tenure Track

Department: Dental Auxiliary

Job ID:   1471

Work Hours/Schedule: 42 Weeks (37 contact hours spread over Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters)

Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract (Page #110)

Start Date: Fall 2023

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

Posting Close Date: February 10, 2023



GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as work associated with the School of Health Sciences and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communications skills, collaborate effectively, and use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines.  In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

GRCC has an excellent benefits program and the Faculty Association contract provides opportunities to earn additional compensation.


Essential Job Functions

  • Teach dental assisting courses with emphasis on assisting for general dentistry, dental radiography, and infection control.
  • Teach other dental assisting and or dental hygiene courses, both lab and didactic, as needed.
  • Comply with, contribute to, and coordinate infection control policies and procedures for all associated labs and clinics.
  • Work with tenured faculty and assigned mentor(s) to ensure consistent standards and instructional practices are embedded within each course.
  • Effectively assess, document, and advise students regarding their academic and clinical performance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a learning-centered environment in the classroom.
  • Incorporate new technologies and methods for enhanced teaching and learning into instructional methods.
  • Engage in on-going professional development to maintain expertise in the field and communicate outcomes with faculty and administration.
  • Maintain professional licensure.
  • Advise students on curriculum, academic programs, and employment and career goals.
  • Participate in departmental student advising plans.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities. 
  • Contribute to the growth and development of the program and the college by participating in academic program review; curriculum development, evaluation and revision; committee membership; department and advisory committee meetings.
  • Analyze program, course, and student outcome data.
  • Communicate clearly with students, staff, faculty and administration.
  • Assist the Program Director in the preparation of reports and other required documents.
  • Contribute to program accreditation processes and reports as determined by the Program Director.
  • Assist in marketing and promotion of departmental and college programs and events.
  • Promote the department by creating partnerships with state and local communities, health care facilities, and schools.
  • Adhere to college processes, policies, and contractual obligations.
  • Support the College’s Strategic Plan through departmental and college action projects as appropriate.
  • Support the department and the college through other work normally expected of GRCC faculty members.




  • Master’s Degree in health or education related field preferred. Candidates currently enrolled in a Master’s program may be considered. Bachelor’s degree in health/education related field required.
  • Current unencumbered CDA and Michigan RDA license required.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years clinical experience as a dental assistant required.
  • Minimum 2 years college teaching experience or experience teaching adult learners required.
  • Experience in dental assisting curriculum design and utilization of educational technology, preferred. 


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to effectively use data
  • Possess excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of people.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to students and staff in an academic setting.
  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
  • Adhere to the American Dental Hygienists’ Associations code of ethics. Adhere to safety regulations, maintain confidentiality, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.


Physical Demands

Demonstrate, assist and/or support students with:

  • Physical Strength - transferring patients to or from a wheelchair to a dental chair.  Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Mobility –be able to stand, lift, reach, bend, and stretch, provide support and stability. Sufficient independent mobility within the architectural environment is necessary, including the ability to maneuver in restricted spaces. Move quickly in an emergency.
  • Hearing -   hear faint sounds from a distance of 4 feet—approximately the distance between a patient seated in a dental chair and a person in a standing position next to the dental chair. Hear sounds such as those emitted by a stethoscope while taking a blood pressure.
  • Visual Discrimination - sufficient vision to differentiate movements, read markings on instruments and measuring devices.
  • Coordination - Sufficient motor skills, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulative skills, and sensory function in both extremities to perform dental hygiene skills.
  • Manual Dexterity - sufficient fine motor skills to manipulative objects and people safely.


Mental Demands

  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility.
  • Exercise good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.
  • Must be punctual and dependable.
  • Possess an understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • Possess an interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.


Working Conditions

  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements.  Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Travel to off-campus sites may be required.
  • Must be able to work in a classroom, clinic and laboratory in an academic setting.
  • Ability to work in high traffic, indoor environments.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings.



Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family.  Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being.  Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:

  • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
  • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
  • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
  • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
  • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
  • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
  • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!



Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at one document submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and three professional reference letters for full consideration. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on February 10, 2023 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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