Faculty, Dental Hygiene

Thomas Nelson Community College
Hampton, Virginia
Apr 08, 2019
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical, Dentistry
Position Type
Institution Type
Community College

Faculty, Dental Hygiene


Role Title: Faculty - Teaching

Hiring Range: Minimum starting salary $43,776 - Commensurate with experience and corresponding rank in the VCCS.

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)


Job purpose

Thomas Nelson Community College changes lives, empowers students to succeed, and enhances the social and economic vitality of the region through high quality education and workforce training, excellent service, and innovative partnerships.

Dental faculty are required to provide instruction, support, assessment, and mentorship to Thomas Nelson Community College’s students, staff and supporting faculty. Dental faculty are required to fully participate in the mission and community of the college. The major emphasis shall be on teaching, by working with students in classrooms, laboratories, clinical sites, field sites, indoors, outdoors, distance learning, individual conferences, and related activities to help the students develop their interests and abilities to the fullest capacity to become better persons, better workers, and better citizens.

Duties and responsibilities

Teaching Load

Teach 15 credit hours per semester, which may include classes at the Hampton or Historic Triangle campuses and/or off-site locations; on-campus and online classes; day, evening, and/or weekend classes. Contribute high levels of energy, engagement, creativity, and leadership to the teaching and learning environment.

Professional Activities and Contributions

Design, develop, and assess curriculum. Serve in the role of a faculty mentor for students, and contribute to College governance and to service. Collaborate in a diverse and collegial organizational culture with high standards for performance. Remain current in the academic discipline and in trends in teaching through professional development, further education, and/or scholarship.

Office Hours

To promote the availability of faculty to work with individual students, all full-time faculty members are required to post on or near their office doors a minimum of 10 hours per week as office hours to be available to work with students on their individual academic and occupational problems

Additional Activities/ Temporary Assignment

Additional activities include committee work, student activities, community activities, student advising, and professional activities; e.g. discipline specific initiatives as well as program assessment.  Teaching Faculty may be temporarily assigned non-teaching duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of an educational program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Clinical practice in dental hygiene experience. Unrestricted license to practice as a dental hygienist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Current CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers).

Specialized knowledge:

  • Knowledge of dental theory, practice, and trends.
  • Knowledge of current dental curricular content and National and State Education Standards.
  • Knowledge of current dental curriculum.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of competency-based education principles and methods.
  • Knowledge of dental education program accreditation processes and standards.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated teaching and educational facilitation skills.
  • Be required to use skills competency software.


  • Ability to maintain complete, accurate educational records.
  • Ability to assess student performance and progress and to provide appropriate feedback.
  • Ability to promote higher-order thinking and problem-solving among educational participants.
  • Ability to adhere to established standards for educational quality.
  • Ability to maintain complete, accurate educational records.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective collaborations with local healthcare providers, community agencies, and four-year colleges and universities.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in dental hygiene or related field from a regionally accredited institution. Recent teaching experience in a CODA-accredited community college dental hygiene program. Considerable clinical experience administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. Experience using electronic medical record software. Experience using instructional technologies, administering computer based tests, facilitating high-fidelity simulation activities, and utilizing learning management systems such as Canvas. Experience preparing students for success on SRTA/ADEX examinations and National Dental Hygiene Boards.

Special Requirements

Hours of Duty: Will vary, some evenings and weekend may be required

Special Instructions to Applicants

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must submit an online application for this position by visiting the following website: http://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/144920. Thomas Nelson does not accept applications by mail, fax or e-mail. Failure to provide a complete application package may decrease the opportunity for interview selection or disqualify the application.

Complete application packages will include:

  • Online application: A resume will not substitute for a completed on-line State application. Applicants are encouraged to fully represent their qualifications on the application and must include complete information in all sections.
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copes of college transcripts related to the degree requirement. All transcripts from foreign institutions of higher education must be verified by an evaluation agency.
  • Three professional references with current telephone numbers.
  • Three letters of recommendation – Preferred, to include a former supervisor, former colleague and a character reference, no relatives. These should be uploaded to the online application system under “Other Documents”.

If you are having difficulty uploading your transcripts or letters of recommendation, please contact the Human Resources Department. The system will only allow you to upload a total file size maximum of 2 MB. Please scan your documents and upload them as a single PDF file.

BACKGROUND CHECK STATEMENT: The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of an extensive background investigation, which may include: criminal history, employment verification, verification of education and professional reference checks.

Thomas Nelson Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, or other non-merit factors in its programs and activities.


Contact Information

Thomas Nelson Community College

Human Resources Department

99 Thomas Nelson Drive

Hampton, VA 23666


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