Dental Assistant Adjunct Faculty

Northwest Technical College
Minnesota, United States
$2,700.00 - $2,700.00
Nov 23, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

APPOINTMENT DATE:  January 11, 2021 – April 23, 2021 (Spring Semester)

CREDITS:  2.25 credits @ $1,200 per credit        

CREDENTIAL FIELD:  Dental Assistant (Code 500088)



Great things are happening at Northwest Technical College, where student success is the priority!  Bemidji is a vibrant, urban community, located in northwest Minnesota. It is the first city on the Mississippi, the best Minnesota town (2018), and the birthplace of Paul Bunyan.  Bemidji’s growth in the past decade been celebrated in academics, industry, employment, and tourism. 


ABOUT THE POSITION: This teaching position at Northwest Technical College is for an adjunct instructor in the Dental Assisting program.  The course is DENT 1136 Advanced Functions. The teaching content is brushing, flossing, fluoride, coronal polish, sealants, impressions and bite registrations, retraction cord, provisionals, excess cement, orthodontic functions, and working in the Open Clinic.  Nine days of the spring semester are assigned for this position with the assignment being scheduled on Friday for eight of the nine days.


Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and be a graduate of an accredited Dental Assisting program, have three full-time years or equivalence of related paid work experience as a dental assistant, and hold a Dental Assistant certificate by the Dental Assisting Nation Board (DANB) and a current Dental Assistant license from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. Candidate must have retraction cord training and current experience with all listed expanded functions.



  • Supervise and instruct students in the Advanced Functions lab settings.
  • Provide instruction in face to face delivery.
  • Assist in the maintenance and organization of dental assisting class schedule, supplies and equipment.
  • Teach utilizing student-centered, active and experiential learning strategies, commitment to the assessment of student academic achievement.
  • Willingness to explore and use technology to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Practice good communication and teamwork skills.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of the following minimum qualifications.)

  • Educational Requirement:
    • Bachelor’s degree and graduate of an accredited dental assisting program.
  • Occupational Experience Requirement:
    • Three (3) full-time years (or equivalent) verified related paid work experience as a dental assistant.
  • Recency Requirement:
    • One year of this work experience shall be within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for the credential field. The recency requirement shall be waived if the individual has two years of successful full-time (or equivalent) post-secondary teaching experience in the credential field within the last five years.
  • Professional Requirement:
    • Dental Assistant certification by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
    • Current Dental Assistant License from the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dental Assisting teaching experience.
  • Current Dental Assisting clinical experience.
  • Current Expanded Functions experience.
  • Experience in incorporating technology into curriculum delivery and using a variety of technology to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Skilled in traditional and digital radiography.
  • Strong discipline expertise.
  • Student-centered teaching philosophy.
  • Commitment to the success of culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse learners.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to the mission of a technical college.
  • Experience with CODA accreditation.
  • Completion of Teaching and Learning Competencies.



A complete application must include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Northwest Technical College.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate coursework


Position Related Inquiries

Michele Brielmaier, Dean of Nursing and Human Services

Application Related Inquiries:

Teresa Hanson, Human Resources Staffing Specialist



COLLEGE / COMMUNITY: Northwest Technical College is in Bemidji, Minnesota, in Northern Minnesota. The greater Bemidji community has a population of 25,000 and serves as a regional center for education, commerce, recreation, health care, and the arts. Bemidji State University, a partner institution, and Northwest Technical College welcome 6,000 students annually. Northwest Tech offers hands-on learning in Business, Health Care, Manufacturing, Transportation, and General Education. As a partner in Distance Minnesota, the College is engaged in innovative distance education with most of its programs offered online in addition to on campus. Northwest Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (Minnesota State) To learn more about the student-centered environment at Northwest Technical College, visit



In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.


Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth, students have an opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive along Lake Bemidji.


Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Northwest Technical College is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks, and more. Small, locally-owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.


The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.


For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of town — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.


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