Adjunct Faculty - Dental Hygienist and/or Dentist

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Job Title: Adjunct Faculty - Dental Hygienist and/or Dentist
Location: GRCC Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 784
Org Marketing Statement

Date: March 7, 2017

Title: Adjunct Faculty – (Dental Hygienist or Dentist)

Position number: 784

Work schedule: Fall and Winter Semesters

Reports to: Department Head or Program Director

Close Date: Posted until filled. First review April 7, 2017.

General Information

The College is interested in seeking candidates to teach dental hygiene courses in the Fall and Winter semesters at our downtown campus and various regional sites. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists prior to employment with Grand Rapids Community College.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintain accurate course records and submit related reports as requested.

  • Effectively assess student performance.

  • Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.

  • Utilize multiple strategies to facilitate learning, i.e. small group work, workshops, etc.

  • Incorporate new technologies and methods that enhance teaching and learning into his/her instructional methods.

  • Support the Department and College through other work normally expected of adjunct faculty members.


Education and Credentials

  • A current active Michigan dental hygienists or dentist (DDS or DMD) license

  • Certification in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation

  • Current CPR certification.


  • Minimum of 2 years’ clinical practice as a dental hygienist or dentist

  • Minimum 2 years’ college teaching experience or experience teaching adult learners.

  • Successful teaching experience at a Community College preferred but not required.

  • Experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and with varying academic skills.

  • Participation in professional development and/or continuous improvement activities in order to remain current in the field.

Major Teaching Responsibilities:

Dental supervision and instruction in dental hygiene clinic sessions.


  • Ability to effectively use data

  • Excellent organization skills.

  • Must possess excellent communication skills necessary to relate to others verbally and/or in writing.

  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of people.

  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities.

  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to students and staff in an academic setting.

  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.

  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.

  • Adhere to the American Dental Hygienists’ Associations and American Dental Associations code of ethics. Adhere to safety regulations, maintain confidentiality, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.

Mental Demands

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.

  • An interest in teaching college-level material to high school students as part of a middle college or dual enrollment program.

  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.

  • Interest in and willingness to work with changing instructional technologies used in and out of the classroom.

  • Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule.

  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.

  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.

  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.

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.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in a classroom and laboratory in an academic setting.

  • Ability to work in high traffic, indoor environments.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings

Method of Application

Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position via our website at Please include your resume and cover letter in one document; unofficial transcripts; and three letters of recommendation, which you may upload yourself or have your supporters e-mail to the Hiring Team at [email protected] Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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Posted: 12/28/2018
Application Due: 5/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time