Coordinator, Dental Hygiene Program (Tenure Track)

Lewis and Clark Community College
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 21, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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Title:    Coordinator, Dental Hygiene Program (Tenure Track)    

Date:   August 2021                            Reports to: Dean, Health, Science, Math, and                                                                                                Industrial Technology


Purpose of Position

  • The Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator is responsible for the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of all instruction and related Dental Hygiene program management activities. The program coordinator is a faculty member who will teach within the dental program(s) and have assigned release time for performing coordinator responsibilities.
  • This academic teaching and learning leader will be accountable for providing direction for the faculty teaching team while encouraging a collective approach in fulfilling program goals, attainment of student learning outcomes, evaluation of program outcomes, and assurance of continuous quality improvement.
  • The Program Coordinator, along with the other Dental Hygiene faculty members, are responsible for ensuring the fulfillment of program and educational goals and objectives; ensuring program compliance with state standards and requirements, and full accreditation through the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) criteria, regulations, and policies.
  • Ability to teach in not only a face-to-face format, but in a virtual synchronous, blendflex, and/or competency-based format. Additionally, they will stay current with professional issues, be a member of a national and state Dental Hygiene Associations and be committed to continuing education and professional development in the field of dental hygiene and dental hygiene education.
  • Participate in and encourage faculty professional development to remain current with dental hygiene education, workforce trends, and emerging technology.
  • Advising, supporting, and motivating students



The following are duties that are normal for this position.   These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required or assigned.


  • Recruit adjunct faculty, interview prospective faculty and make recommendations
    to the Dean for appointments.
  • Prepare and administer the annual budget for the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • In collaboration with Dean, identify adjunct faculty teaching assignments.
  • Maintain accreditation status as defined by the American Dental Association,
    Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Act as the liaison with community health agencies, institutions and/or health
    groups to keep abreast of community needs and the program's role in meeting
    those needs.
  • Ensure that the Dental Hygiene program and its program and clinical policies and procedures are in compliance with all applicable state and federal regulatory agencies as well as voluntary affiliations.
  • Market the Dental Hygiene Program and recruit prospective
  • Coordinate admission and advisement of students into the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Coordinate development, review, and revision of the Dental Hygiene curriculum and instructional advancement.
  • Maintain current clinical affiliations and develop need clinical sites to meet
    program needs.
  • Maintain written agreements with all clinical facilities utilized by the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Coordinate evaluation of program, classes, clinical, lab, and graduate performance.
  • Assist Dental Hygiene faculty with class assignments and student issues.
  • Academic advisement and enroll Dental Hygiene students.
  • Coordinate, schedule, and facilitate dental hygiene clinical components
  • Actively serve on college, department, and program committees
  • Support college-wide initiative and actively participates in organizational meetings



  • Dental Hygiene Degree from an ADA-CODA accredited program.
  • Current Illinois professional licensure, Dental Hygienist or Dentist
  • Current Illinois certification to perform local and block anesthesia procedures
  • Current health care provider BLS certification
  • Current Dental Assisting Certificate of Proficiency from an ADA accredited program is preferred.
  • Master's degree required with current Illinois Dental Hygiene licensure.
  • Dental Assisting National Board Certification is preferred.
  • 5 years of full time equivalent dental hygiene clinical work experience
  • 5 years of academic teaching experiences in classroom and/or clinic; including Dentist who has background in education and the professional experience necessary to fulfill Dental Hygiene program goals
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the community college required.

Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lewis & Clark Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with us.  It is also the policy of the College to maintain zero tolerance for any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law.