Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
Position Definition:
Responsible for providing a major portion of the foundational basic science curriculum within the dental school, including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, immunology, and microbiology. Although faculty members are integral in all activities of the school and participate in many areas of instruction, the teaching of anatomy occurs within discipline specific courses (a three-quarter sequence of anatomy lectures, including the lab component of the courses). The faculty member would participate primarily in the teaching of anatomy and is expected to work with the course director for the anatomy lectures. Additionally, the faculty member is expected to establish an independent research program in any area of biomedical sciences.

Essential Duties:
1. Teaching Assignments:

  • DDS instruction (primary teaching responsibility):
    BMS 123. Gross Anatomy & Histology
    The student will gain an understanding of functional histology and gross anatomy of the human body as appropriate for professional health care providers. Emphasis will be on the integration of anatomical knowledge at all levels and its correlation with basic clinical medicine relevant to dentistry.
    BMS 133. Applied Orofacial Anatomy
    The student will gain a fundamental understanding of head and neck embryology, gross anatomy, oral histology, and oral biology as is appropriate for dental healthcare providers. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of anatomical and functional histological knowledge of the orofacial complex at all levels with basic clinical dentistry and medicine. The establishment of clinical correlations with radiographic interpretation, local anesthesia administration and the overall health will be a strength of this course. Also covered are salivary glands, biochemistry of saliva, structure of hydroxyapatite, mineralization, and salivary diagnostics.

    2. DDS/IDS (secondary teaching responsibility; lectures in areas of expertise).
  • Integrated Clinical Sciences (case-based seminars and clinical case presentation)
    Multidisciplinary presentation of integrated foundational knowledge related to
    clinical dentistry. Topics include biomedical sciences, ethics, techniques, and information to each specific discipline of dental practice.

    3. Scholarship Expectations
  • All faculty in the department of Biomedical Sciences are expected to establish an independent program of scholarship and research, and to pursue external funding appropriate to their particular field of study. Research activity in the areas of oral inflammation, oral cancer, oral physiology, or pulpal stem cells will be of particular interest.
  • One of the core values of the School of Dentistry is Collaboration which is defined as “partnering for the common good.” Thus, the development of multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects between departments within the School of Dentistry will be encouraged. Research that can engage the clinical faculty in research and scholarship is particularly valued.

    4. Service Expectations
  • All faculty in the department of Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to serve on dental school committees, and advising DDS students, as time and interest allow.

    5. General Workload
  • Workload varies quarter to quarter, but is assigned by the Department Chair in consultation with the faculty member. Emphasis is placed on balancing the academic requirements of teaching, scholarship, and service over the course of each year.
    Specific workload and scheduling will be adjusted based on the faculty member's, as well as the department's needs. In addition to scheduled assignments, professional activities outside the school (presentations, consulting, etc.) will be supported and encouraged.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Knowledge of:
    • Curriculum management in the biomedical sciences
    • Modern pedagogical concepts and application in health professions education
    • Trends in oral health education
    • Word, Excel, Outlook, Canvas, SharePoint databases, Zoom, Teams

    Ability to:
    • Give lectures in the biomedical sciences, especially anatomy

    • Minimum of two years teaching experience in a biomedical science, preferably anatomy. Residency or graduate training may be substituted for some of this two-year teaching experience.
    • Successful research in a biomedical sciences, preferably related to oral health

    • PhD in biomedical science or DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited school of dentistry

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Ability to:
    • Promote the dental school mission, vision, and core values
    • Communicate effectively with students and staff using various means of communication (email, Canvas site, one-on-one conversations, meetings, lectures)
    • Maintain professional composure and demeanor at all times
    • Model and promote behavior consistent with core values of the Dugoni School

    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 requires frequent use of computer keyboard, video conferencing, and phone
    • Requires sitting majority of the working day; occasional standing, bending and walking.
    • Occasional lifting of up to 15 lbs should be anticipated

    Special Instructions:
    References will only be contacted later in the process and upon notification to the applicant.

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    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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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/1/2021
    Application Due: 4/1/2033
    Work Type: Full Time