Chair, Pediatric Dentistry

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

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Position Number f51820 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? No Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Chair, Pediatric Dentistry School/Unit School of Dentistry Department Pediatric Dentistry Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Open Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

The primary mission of the School of Dentistry is to educate practitioners of Dentistry capable of meeting the general oral health needs of the communities they serve. Integral parts of the mission are research and other scholarly activity, patient care, and leadership in dental education and organized dentistry, and collaboration and participation with other units with VCU and VCU Health Systems.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Department of Pediatrics invites candidates to apply for the Pediatric Dentistry Chair faculty position, who will examine the operations of the department as a whole and the relationship to their institution and patients. In this role, the incumbent will help faculty within the department be realistic about their expectations for balancing research, teaching and patient care. The Chair will provide leadership for the educational, scholarship, patient care, and service mission of the department and the School of Dentistry. Additionally, the incumbent will collaborate and participate with other units with VCU, VCU Health Systems and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond to provide outstanding patient care and continuing education for VCU Dental students.

Position Responsibilities

Teaching duties shall include medical students, dental students, graduate students, allied health students, residents, fellows, and colleagues where appropriate. Teaching responsibilities also shall be considered to include preparation of instructional materials, evaluative materials, testing and maintenance of personal professional skills through continuing education, advising and mentoring trainees, and participation in academic reinforcement programs.

Faculty members are expected to teach in an integrated curriculum system that includes baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education. Teaching across traditional departmental lines and in multidisciplinary teams is required. Faculty members are expected to foster transformative learning that is informed by interdisciplinary and translational research, scholarship, and creative expression. Faculty members must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and participate in a humanistic environment of learning, as well as to adapt to change and embrace modern technologies. Faculty members must demonstrate the ability, or acquire and develop such ability, to incorporate adult learning theory, evidence-based oral health care, innovation in student learning, and critical thinking.

Research and scholarship is an expectation for all members of the School of Dentistry faculty as appropriate for their overall responsibilities and expertise. The Chair of Pediatric Dentistry is expected to support and participate in research and scholarship of students and residents and the faculty and to have a personal research focus appropriate for the rank of associate professor or full professor.

The chair is expected to provide clinical service and to maintain a practice in pediatric dentistry with the expectation to integrate students and/or residents into this service as appropriate.

The chair will be expected to represent the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, the School of Dentistry, and Virginia Commonwealth University by serving on committees and task forces as requested. Participation in state and national level professional organizations as appropriate for the position and candidate’s expertise is required. Participation and/or support of the department’s participation in dentistry-related community service activities is required.

Administrative or Other:
The chair will provide leadership and management of the department’s faculty and staff to include annual review and evaluation, mentoring for development and promotion and/or tenure review. The chair is also responsible for the departmental academic and clinical financial affairs, for ensuring compliance with school, university, and state policy and regulations. The chair is responsible for interfacing with the VCU Health System, the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, and the Children’s Hospital or Richmond at VCU to support the teaching and clinical services mission of the department and school.

Required Qualifications

• Dental degree ( DDS / DMD or equivalent)

• Certificate in Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

• Previous experience in an academic or hospital environment

• Eligible for licensure as a dentist in Virginia

• Demonstrated the ability to adapt to change and embrace modern technology

• Demonstrate experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

• Candidates must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and participate in a humanistic environment of learning

• Candidates must demonstrate the ability, or acquire and develop such ability, to incorporate adult learning theory, evidence-based oral health care, innovation in student learning, and critical thinking

• The candidate will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications (for applicants that are seeking tenure eligible status)

Preferred Qualifications

• An advanced degree (MS, MSD or PhD)

• Certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

• Education and or experience in one or more of the following areas of pediatric dentistry are preferred:
- Cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial defects
- Specials needs children
- Interceptive orthodontics
- Sedation and/or anesthesia
- Hospital dentistry
- Private dental practice
- Public health dentistry
- Community base-clinical service
- School based-programs

Date Posted 04/05/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

Candidates must apply to this faculty position, F51820, through the university’s career website at to be considered. For further information about this position contact Dr. Tiffany Williams, Search Committee Chair, VCU School of Dentistry at

Please include the following items when submitting your application: cover letter, CV, diversity statement and three references (include names, email addresses and phone numbers).

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Reference Letter - 1
  3. Reference Letter - 2
  4. Reference Letter - 3
  5. Publications

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