Dental Asissting Professor

Olympia, Washington State
$62,538, 12-month contract
Sep 19, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Position type:  Faculty, Full time Tenure Track

Salary:  $62,538 for a twelve month contract: ($53,217 for regular academic year (177 days) plus an eight week summer continuous enrollment contract of $9,321)

Opens:  September 18, 2017

Closes:  Priority review date October 25, 2017; Open until filled

Location:  Main Campus; Olympia, WA


South Puget Sound Community College seeks candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year to fill a full-time tenure track position in the Dental Assisting Program. The Dental Assisting Program is a 12-month continuous enrollment program that includes the summer quarter. This position is scheduled to begin effective January 2, 2018.

Successful candidates will possess the interest, skills and abilities to help college teams lead the state in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Place student success at the center of all decision-making.
  • Engage with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community of learners.
  • Seek opportunities for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Embrace change, risk-taking and innovation.
  • Respect the richness of diverse cultural values, beliefs and practices of others.
  • Contribute to the technical and general education of students who will apply learning to the world of work and transfer their education to a university.


Faculty members will work with other faculty, staff, and administrators to:

  • Create and facilitate contextualized and integrated learning experiences in Dental Assisting in relation to identified college pathways that are linked to career goals.
  • Create authentic assessments of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in Assisting that measure course, program, and college wide outcomes.
  • Apply multiple teaching and learning strategies that promote the affective, cognitive and kinesthetic domains of learning
  • Provide online, hybrid, and/or e-Learning enhanced courses.
  • Use local, state, and national data and analytics to continuously improve strategies for student success.
  • Advise students regarding academic pathways and the courses needed to reach each student’s academic goals
  • Use a wide range of learning resources, tools and technologies to improve access and student success in higher education.
  • Serve on committees that support the shared governance of the college.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or current enrollment in a Bachelor’s program at an accredited college or university
  • Current CDA and Washington State RDA credentials
  • Graduate of a Dental Assisting Program or dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Education
  • Two year’s work experience as a Dental Assistant within the last five years
  • Successful candidate must complete Washington State Professional Technical Vocational Certificate or become vocationally certificated, which requires at least 2 years of applicable industry experience within the last 5 years
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and needs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of current dental assisting duties and the state and federal regulations and laws related to the profession.
  • Experience with teaching and advising adults in a learning environment, or in situations related to the practice of dentistry
  • Familiarity with a variety of instructional technologies to support teaching and learning typically found in today’s technology-driven society
  • Familiarity with Learning Management Systems typically used to offer hybrid, online, and/or web-assisted course work
  • Willingness to actively participate as a team member on College, division, and department committees

Supplemental Questions

Please include responses to the following requirements to be considered for the position, not to exceed three pages.

  1. A statement of your teaching philosophy
  2. What interests you in this position and how do you think your prior experiences and interests prepare you for it?
  3. Please describe how you will contribute to the diversity of this campus.


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  1. Completed SPSCC Employment Application
  2. Letter of formal application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in this announcement
  3. Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications
  4. Completed Supplemental Questions
  5. Copies of unofficial transcripts.



Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:




Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512

Fax:  (360) 596-5706