Instructional Faculty-Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene

Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Education Instructional Faculty, Health Professions Division (Occupational/ Workforce )

Position Type: Faculty - General Funding

Salary: Starts at $47,000 ( Current Faculty Salary Schedule )

Job List: External

Close Date: Updated 10/ 20/ 23; Open until filled

Please note, this position will be in person, to be located in the Pima County/Tucson area.

About Pima Community College

Pima Community College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We value the diversity of our workforce and seek to hire and support employees who consistently and actively embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are intentional about social justice, and addressing issues of equity and inclusion, as well as institutional, structural, and environmental inequity, power and privilege. See our Diversity website for additional information about our commitment.

About the Division

The Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Instructional Faculty performs a variety of instructional duties while adhering to the rules of the Commission of Dental Accreditation. This position is a full-time instructor that may be used in the classroom, in skills labs, simulation, and clinically. The selected candidate may be used in any teaching modality necessary to achieve the Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Program’s goals.

Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Instructional Faculty functions within the Certificate Degree in Dental Assisting and Associate degree in Dental Hygiene Programs and seeks to support a student-centered learning environment, focused on helping Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene students achieve their educational goals. Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Instructional Faculty are allocated teaching responsibilities that achieve course, program, campus, and college outcomes. Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Faculty are actively engaged in community outreach, curriculum development, and evaluation of student learning outcomes. They contribute to the change processes, driven by college, campus, and program strategic plans. Dental Assisting/ Dental Hygiene Instructional Faculty reports directly to the Dean of Health Professions.


The mission of the Health Professions Division at Pima Community College is to educate students as perceptive readers, critical thinkers, thoughtful writers and articulated speakers.


The Health Professions Division will be a community college leader in academic excellence, innovation, student success, and diversity/inclusion.

About the Position

Position is available beginning in the 2023-24 academic year as a nine-month contract. Faculty teach and work a set schedule over a nine-month academic year, August – May, that could include day, evening, and weekend duties.


We offer a highly competitive benefits package that goes beyond affordable medical plans. Because we value work-life balance, we offer an award-winning Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs. For more information visit our Benefits webpage .

Duties and Responsibilities

General Duties:
  • Instruct students and work with them on strategies to help them achieve academic success
  • Use current, effective classroom management techniques
  • Monitor and continuously improve instruction to ensure Student Learning Outcomes are met on a classroom, discipline/program, and College level
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Continually improve instruction utilizing appropriate delivery methods
  • Evaluate and revise course outlines and course materials
  • Provide academic advising
  • Maintain competency and currency in the teaching fields as well as in teaching strategies, subject delivery modalities, and assessment methods
  • Serve actively as a member of the department and discipline groups
  • Participate in fostering partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities in response to community needs
  • Represent the department and/or campus on college-wide committees
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students and utilize a collegial style in all forms of communication
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The College places a premium on candidates with an entrepreneurial spirit and an openness to new approaches and professional growth. We recognize that our faculty body is strengthened by a cross-sectional breadth of experience.
  • Ability to adapt and modify instruction based on the student instructional needs and learning styles, including working with accommodations and accessibility
  • Knowledge of appropriate and effective use of assessment information to improve instruction
  • Evaluation of students' educational progress: ability to maintain high instruction and learning standards and assess students' academic progress in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes
  • Teaching in multiple modalities such as online, web-enhanced, and D2L courses: knowledge of curriculum development, course design, and delivery
  • Knowledge of the resources available to students to assist them with academic and personal challenges, and ability to help students access those resources, skilled in providing academic advising
  • Competencies in multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity: knowledge of diverse community college student populations, and the ability to address diversity in effective instructional practice and student learning
  • Appreciation for the Community College mission
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Proficient in student learning styles and have the ability to adapt and modify instruction based upon the instructional needs of the students; must have high instruction/learning standards in traditional/non-traditional formats.
  • Knowledge of assessment instruments and interpretation practices to improve instruction to meet College, Program, and course outcomes/objectives.
  • Knowledge of advising principles and resources available to assist students with academic and personal challenges, as well as have the ability to assist students to access such resources.
  • Knowledge of diverse community college student populations and have the ability to address diversity in effective instructional practices and student learning; have the characteristics of inclusivity and individual respect.
  • An appreciation and support of the College mission, the College strategic plan, the West Campus strategic plan, and the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Program’s mission, vision, philosophy and strategic plan.
  • Knowledge and ability to function in the change process, further develop clinical partnerships with the local dental industry, and support innovative change practices to improve the course, program, and college outcomes.
  • Demonstrated engagement in a culture of excellence and student-focused environment; high level of integrity and civility.
  • Knowledge of accreditation practices, systematic evaluation plans, and the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners for Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene including scope of practice.
Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications requirements for faculty positions are governed by our faculty qualification standards. This position is in an Occupational/Workforce discipline and requires the following to obtain Pima Community College teaching certification:

  • Must be current Dental Assisting National Board “Certified Dental Assistant”
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree or acquire it within 3 years of hire date
  • 3-5 years of experience in dental assisting, depending on level of educational attainment

  • Must hold a current Registered Dental Hygienist license in the state of Arizona
  • Must be a current Dental Assisting National Board “Certified Dental Assistant”
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • 3-5 years of experience in dental assisting, depending on level of educational attainment

Dentist -
  • Must hold a DDS or DMD state license – active in Arizona
  • Certificate of Dental Assisting Education from a CODA accredited program
Other Requirements at time of hire:
  • Provide a current BLS Healthcare Provider certification card through the American Heart Association.
  • Submit clinical eligibility items including, but not limited to, a variety of immunizations and a health physical.
The selected candidate will:
  • Work a flexible schedule including afternoons and evenings as needed to meet student demand
  • Possibly work at more than one Pima Community College Campus, depending on need
  • Teach in multiple modalities, including in- person, online, and hybrid
Directions for Applying and Other Important Information

Degrees and courses qualifying for Pima Community College teaching certification must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants currently in progress for a degree or additional coursework to meet the minimum qualifications must have the degree conferred and/or coursework completed by August 2023.

A degree from any college outside of the United States (even if the transcript is in English) may need to be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service. Pima Community College requires that applicants use an evaluation agency that is a member of NACES or AACRAO's corporate partners

To submit an application you must include the documents that are listed within the application form as required. Documents listed as optional do not have to be attached in order to submit the application. Follow the directions in the application form to upload your documents. At minimum, these documents are required:

  1. Resume. This should be up to date and account for and describe all gaps in employment.
  2. Letter of interest or cover letter . This is a description of your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience related to the duties and responsibilities of the position, as well as the strengths you would bring to the assignment. The letter should not exceed three (3) pages.
  3. Diversity Statement . In one page or less, please share your experience working with diverse student populations and also indicate how that informs your teaching practice and/or philosophy.
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts . These must be:
    1. for all post-secondary degrees you have listed in your application
    2. legible (front and back) and show the name of the regionally accredited institution, the degree conferred, and the page(s) explaining the institution's grading system
    3. attached to the application even if they have been submitted in the past

The selected candidate(s) must provide Faculty Qualifications & Hiring with official (unopened) transcripts and/or official (unopened) foreign transcript evaluation.

Selection Process:

The selection process typically consists of one or two advisory group interview(s), a teaching demonstration, and an administrative interview.

Candidates invited to the interview process will be chosen from those who most closely meet the stated requirements. Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee an interview.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or to request a reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, please contact . Office hours are normally Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Minorities/Females/Disabled/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

About the College and Tucson Community

Pima Community College is committed to becoming a premier community college, one that is built on a foundation of student success, community engagement, and diversity. We hire people who:
  • set and meet high standards
  • believe in service and accountability
  • have a passion for learning
  • are creative
  • can help fulfill our mission
  • understand the first-generation college student experience
  • are knowledgeable about the challenges of underprivileged populations
  • are knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the populations of the Southwest, including Latinos and Native Americans
  • have cultural sensitivity and understanding of the needs of differently-abled, veterans, and LGBTQ
Pima recently was named one of the top workplaces in Arizona by Forbes magazine, which analyzed such factors as safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to telework.

The College meets the needs of the community by offering instruction when and how our students want it: evenings, weekends, year-round, in traditional classroom settings, online and virtual learning, in web-classroom hybrids, and in semester-long or accelerated formats. Employees can expect to participate in innovative, flexible scheduling, in keeping with the College’s vision, to provide access to learning without the limits of time, place, or distance.

Pima Community College is in Tucson, an inclusive oasis in the Arizona desert. With a population of about 1 million, metro Tucson is a cosmopolitan community. It is a majority-minority city enriched by an active LGBTQIA+ community and by nearly 150 distinct neighborhoods, from Barrio Anita to Poets Square.

Located 65 miles from Mexico, Tucson sits on the border-spanning ancestral lands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples and is proud of centuries of Hispanic and Indigenous heritage.

Environmental stewardship is in Tucson’s nature. The city is situated in a valley surrounded by four mountain ranges that create a unique ecosystem encompassing a saguaro-studded desert floor and pine forests on Mount Lemmon. We’re bracketed on the East and West sides by Saguaro National Park , we’re perennially listed among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S, and we’re committed to planting 1 million trees by 2030 .

Additional information about the College may be found at .

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