Program Director & Instructor of the Practice in Surgical Technology

Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Announcement

The Department of Health Care Diagnostics & Therapeutics at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, invites applicants for a full-time Instructor of the Practice in Surgical Technology faculty position, whom will also serve as Program Director, starting Fall Semester 2021. The goal of the DSU Surgical Technology program is to prepare competent entry-level surgical technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains. Our nationally accredited program is an admissions-limited, two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. More information about the program can be found online at .


  • As Program Director, responsible for leading all aspects of the program, including the organization, continuous review, planning, development, and general effectiveness of the program. This includes:
    • Maintaining program accreditation;
    • Participating in an ARC/STSA sponsored Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators workshop within one year of the appointment starting and continue attending workshops at least once every five years;
    • Pursuing other formal training designed to maintain and upgrade his/her professional, instructional, and administrative capacities.
  • Conduct clinical and laboratory instruction; ability to teach one or more courses online and/or in a blended format.
  • Responsible for assessing student progress in both a clinical and classroom setting; assist with student recruitment, advisement, placement, and follow-up efforts.
  • Assist with coordinating, planning, reviewing, and evaluating all facets of clinical education including creating and delivering curriculum and meeting requirements of program accreditation.
  • Recruit, hire, and train adjunct lab and clinical faculty.
  • Serve as program institutional assessment coordinator and budget administrator, managing all purchases for the Surgical Technology program.
  • Maintain program advisory committee (PAC) by recruiting qualified members in required communities of interest, set the agenda for annual PAC meeting in compliance with accreditation standards, ensure representation of all communities of interest at each meeting, maintain accurate records and meeting minutes, and utilize PAC review to validate and/or improve program effectiveness.
  • Perform defined faculty duties, including holding office hours, attendance at department and division meetings, and adherence to college, division, and university policies and procedures, including compliance with OSHA standards for infection control and hazardous materials.
  • Provide regular institutional service as outlined in regent and university policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field and an Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Must possess current CST credential through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).
  • Must have a minimum total of five years of experience, either in the operating room scrub role or as an instructor in surgical technology, or a combination of both, within the last ten years.
  • Demonstrated ability in successful teaching, be technology literate, certified in online instruction and willing to teach one or more courses online and/or in a blended format; finalists will be required to demonstrate competence through a teaching demonstration.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide proactive educational leadership; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong commitment to work collaboratively with community health care providers and other DSU programs.
  • Commitment to academic excellence and exceptional services, with proven effectiveness in allocating and managing sources, utilizing computer-related technologies to enhance education methodology, and proficiency in curriculum design, program administration, program evaluation, instruction, student guidance, and academic counseling.
  • Knowledge of program related revenue, costs, and benefits, evidence of proficiency in budgeting and cost/benefit analyses; supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in program accreditation with ARC/STSA (private, non-profit accreditation services agency that provides national recognition for higher education programs in surgical technology, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)).

Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2021, with pay & benefits starting July 1, 2021. Annual salary of $54,000+, depending upon qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching, as well as non-instructional workload release for Program Director duties. Excellent benefits package included - see under “Example of DSU Benefits” for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins April 5, 2021 ;position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced, about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution committed to exceptional student learning and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning. active life" and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to providing students with an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles) with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams. Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State currently has approximately 12,000 students and has been a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education over the last several years. We offer over 210 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. DSU seeks to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. DSU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of DSU are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Dixie State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU’s non-discrimination policies:

  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.