Chairperson, Department of Orthodontics

Sep 29, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chairperson, Department of Orthodontics

University of the Pacific

Campus: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Department: Department of Orthodontics
Posting Number: Department of Orthodontics
Full or Part Time: Full Time
Open Date: 09/01/2017
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Days Per Week: 4
Weeks Per Year: 52

Position Description:
The Department of Orthodontics at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, invites applicants to apply for a full-time, teacher-scholar track position; 4 days per week, 52 weeks per year; tenure eligible; reporting directly to the Associate Dean for Oral Health Education. The Orthodontic Department at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, is responsible for providing curricular content and patient care in the postgraduate orthodontic program and the undergraduate DDS/IDS programs.

1. Leadership
Represent the growing edge of one's discipline through: a) range of knowledge and skills in the discipline, b) familiarity with and contribution to the literature, and c) active participation in local, regional, and national organizations and networks.

Role model for faculty and students with regards to: a) scholarship and clinical skill, b) commitment to the profession, c) personal responsibility, behavior and habits, d) continuous growth, e) humanistic respect for dignity of others, and f) school policy.

Initiate continuous improvements in: a) academic programs, b) staff and departmental operation, c) teaching and learning advances in delivery and assessment, d) collaboration with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Associate Dean for Oral Health Education, Assistant Dean for Research, other chairs and faculty in decisions regarding: a) curriculum, b) academic standards, c) faculty standards, d) research, and e) clinic operations.

2. Faculty Development
Assess the need for faculty

Recruit and hire faculty who: a) are current and growing in their fields, b) support a model that combines humanism with sound academic standards, and c) contribute to balance the overall strength of the school.

Mentor and monitor faculty members' professional development through: a) comprehensive orientation, b) setting mutually agreed upon goals, c) providing or working to find needed resources, d) providing regular feedback and honest appraisals, e) account for faculty effort, f) using progressive discipline and termination if necessary, g) matching faculty to growth assignments and opportunities where possible, and h) encouraging and facilitating professional connections outside of school.

Keep faculty informed and make opportunities for their participation through: a) regular department meetings, b) distribution of information and policy, c) encouraging regular attendance and full participation in school functions, d) compliance with all human resource policy, faculty policy, and other policies (e.g. attendance, Canvas site, syllabus, etc.), and e) assignment of faculty for teaching coverage, including backup

3. Manage the educational programs within the disciplines
Ensure that competencies are current and complete by: a) continually scanning developments and the state-of-the-disciplines, and b) articulating realistic competency standards for students.

Ensure that the educational experiences available to students are effective by: a) providing current, properly sequenced, and well-presented instruction and practice, b) diagnosing learning difficulties and providing appropriate remediation, and c) challenging all students to stretch for excellence and providing opportunity.

Ensure that evaluation is valid and useful by: a) using evaluation methods that match competencies, b) supporting educational decisions with sound evaluation data, c) calibrating faculty, and d) ensuring compliance with academic policy.

4. General management
Collaborate with Associate/Assistant Deans and/or Chairs to ensure appropriate faculty coverage in clinics and classrooms
Participate in forming, implementing and enforcing school policy
Manage content coordinators within your discipline
Plan overall needs and associated expenses
Monitor and account for departmental budgets
Maintain appropriate relations with the administration, faculty, staff, residents, students and alumni
Advocate for needed resources
Complete reports and projects in a timely manner
Identify resources of financial support for the department and school
Attend and support school and university meetings and events
Support goals and mission of the school

Basic Qualifications:
Knowledge of:

  • Curriculum management as it relates to predoctoral and postdoctoral orthodontics
  • Competency based education and assessment
  • Modern pedagogical concepts and application in health professions education
  • Trends in oral health and oral health education
  • Dental accreditation standards and processes

    Ability to:

  • Promote the dental school mission, vision, and core values
  • Lead and function in an active change environment
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, residents, and students using various means of communication (email, texts, one-on-one conversations, small meetings, large meetings, lectures)
  • Maintain professional composure and demeanor at all times
  • Listen, follow, collaborate, negotiate, compromise, direct, delegate, refer, and think critically
  • Inspire excellence and promote innovation


  • Minimum of seven years of work experience in a dental school setting with administrative responsibilities.
  • Successful research background.
  • Word, Excel, axiUm, Outlook, Canvas, SharePoint databases.


  • DDS/DMD/BDS from an accredited school of dentistry
  • Active dental license
  • Valid CPR certification

    Working Conditions:

  • Position requires coordination of a variety of responsible duties in stressful situations.
  • Must be available to work additional hours every weekday and some weekends.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Behavior consistent with core values of the Dugoni School.

    Additional Qualifications:

    1. Prior experience as department chairperson
    2. Private dental practice, group practice, or public health experience

    Physical Requirements:
    The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Work performed is primarily general office/administrative/patient care with frequent use of computer keyboard and phone
  • Requires sitting majority of the working day; occasional standing, bending and walking.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 15lbs should be anticipated.

    Special Instructions:
    Please note applicants will be required to upload the following documents to their online application: 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application 3. Teaching Philosophy 4. Dental State License 5. Hepatitis B Vaccination or HBV Test/Titer or Declination Form 6. CPR/BLS Certification Additionally, applicants are required to provide complete contact information (name, email and phone #) for at least three references who will receive an email request to upload their letters of recommendation via PeopleAdmin.

    Contact Information:

    Contact Email:

    Are Applicants Required to Submit References for This Posting? Yes
    Minimum Number of References: 3
    Maximum Number of References:

    Background Check Statement:
    Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check

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    AA/EEO Policy Statement:
    University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.
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