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Adjunct Faculty, Dental Assistant

Grand Rapids Community College
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Adjunct Faculty, Dental Assistant

Date: June 23, 2022

Title: Adjunct Faculty, Dental Assistant

Position Number: 1360

Schedule: Flexible hours spread over Fall and Winter Semesters

Reports to: Program Director, Dental Auxiliary Programs


GRCC dental programs are seeking adjunct faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.


Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as work associated with the School of Workforce Development and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communications skills, collaborate effectively, and use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values. GRCC has an excellent benefits program and the Faculty Association contract provides opportunities to earn additional compensation.

  • Teach dental assisting and/or dental hygiene courses, both lab and didactic, as needed.
  • Work with tenured faculty and assigned mentor to ensure consistent standards and instructional practices are embedded within each course.
  • Effectively assess students regarding their academic and clinical performance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a learning centered environment in the classroom.
  • Incorporate new technologies and methods for enhanced teaching and learning into instructional methods.

Professional Development Responsibilities:
  • Engage in on-going professional development to maintain expertise in the field and communicate outcomes with faculty and administration.
  • Maintain professional licensure.


  • Master's Degree in health or education related fields, preferred. Bachelor's degree in health/education related field required.
  • Current, active, unencumbered CDA certificate and Michigan Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) license.
  • Current CPR certification

  • Minimum of 2 years clinical experience as a dental assistant.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Proven 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 Assistants' Associations code of ethics. Adhere to safety regulations, maintain confidentiality, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.

Mental Demands
  • 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 professional manner.
  • Ability to cope effectively with the demands associated with various situations within the organization.
  • Must be punctual and dependable.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.
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:
  • Travel to off-campus sites may be required.
  • Must be able to work in a classroom, clinic 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. To apply, please visit our website at . Submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation in one document. You may upload the documents yourself or your supporters may attach the letter to an email to 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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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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