Dental Assistant Faculty

Northwest Technical College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 10, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 17, 2021 (Fall Semester)

JOB TYPE:  Unlimited Part-time (80%)

CREDENTIAL FIELD:  Dental Assistant (Credential Code 500088)



NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE (NTC) invites qualified applicants to join our team as a part-time Dental Assistant faculty member of the Dental Assisting program, which is offered every year.  The hiring assignment is based on an academic calendar with most courses being taught during the fall and spring semesters at NTC.  Teaching hours may vary between day and evening, and instruction will be delivered in the classroom, lab, and clinical sites.  The teaching environment will be autonomous within the courses taught and collaborative with supporting general education instructors since growth and recruitment are priorities. 


Great things are happening at Northwest Technical College, where student success is the priority!  NTC has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both.  NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. 

Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant faculty member include:

  • Supervising and instructing students in a variety of theory, clinical and lab settings.
  • Providing instruction in both face-to-face and online delivery.
  • Assisting in the maintenance and organization of dental assisting class schedules, supplies and equipment.
  • Teaching utilizing student-centered, active and experiential learning strategies, and commitment to the assessment of student academic achievement.
  • Willingness to explore and use technology to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Practicing good communication and teamwork skills.
  • Participating in the larger college and dental professional communities through a variety of activities (e.g., curriculum development, service on committees, student life, etc.).
  • Meeting the Teaching and Learning Competency Requirements, as required.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • 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 include:

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






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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