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University of Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 30, 2023

Job Details

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Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences

The UMKC Dental School is a partner of the UMKC Health Sciences District . The District strives to be a premier academic health district, engaging in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the-science health care, and educating the next generation of health care professionals. UMKC provides unique opportunities for research and health care collaboration across its Schools of: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing & Health Studies, and Pharmacy as well as University Health physicians, regional health care institutions, and the University of Missouri System’s NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center.

Job Description

Executive Director of Innovation and Technology

The University of Missouri School of Dentistry (UMKC SOD) seeks applications for an extremely qualified individual to have the opportunity to be part of a dental school with a vision for the future involving innovation and technology into dental practice. Reporting to the Dean, the Director’s primary role is to develop a vision for the entire school around innovation and technology by engaging with constituents to modernize the program and implement strategies to elevate the status of UMKC SOD as a premier institution with technology that impacts and improves patient care and learning experiences.

The position is a full-time, non-tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level. The Assistant/Associate/Professor will meet our Strategic Pillar of creating a culture of innovation, using technology in an evidenced-based approach, to improve patient care. They will lead the Digital Dentistry Curriculum Committee with the goal of coordinating innovation and technology across the entire school, which includes dental hygiene, the pre-doctoral DDS program, and the Advanced Education Programs. This person will also lead the training of students, residents, and faculty to become familiar with these technological developments, implement their uses and evaluate outcomes to determine educational and patient care effectiveness.

At the university level, the Director will be the primary liaison of the UMKC SOD to work across disciplines and industry to foster a culture of innovation within UMKC and the SOD. In addition, they will help create and facilitate the development of continuing education programs that will be managed by the UMKC SOD for the benefit of the alumni and dentists in the community.

Furthermore, the following responsibilities are expected from the Director:

· Explore new technologies that can be applied to clinical dentistry in patient care that contributes to the UMKC SOD’s mission and strategic plan and pillars.

· Chair the Digital Dentistry Program Committee in coordinating the use of innovation and technology across the different disciplines within the UMKC SOD and serve as liaison to the SOD Curriculum Committee.

· Work with other departments, Chairs, and Directors of programs, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the SOD, to create a cohesive plan of incorporating technology into the core curriculum, clinical and advanced educational programs that deliver care to patients.

· Designing different workflows for areas to achieve the mission and goals of the UMKC SOD.

· Design and supervise a Digital Design Center.

· Work across campus to create interdisciplinary collaborations and opportunities for the UMKC SOD to collaborate with other units of the university in innovation and the use of technology in dentistry.

Other Responsibilities: The Director may have the opportunity for clinical and patient care in the Dental Faculty Practice.


· Candidates should have a DMD/DDS degree or equivalent

· Eligibility for Missouri Dental Faculty permit is required

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a master clinician with excellent proficiency in Digital Dentistry technology. A track record in innovation and administrative experience also is desired. Previous experience working in an academic environment and advanced specialty training are preferred.

Anticipated Hiring Range

The School of Dentistry offers a competitive salary commensurate with rank, experience, credentials, and education.

Application Materials

Applications must be submitted through the UMKC recruitment portal to be considered. Academic Job ID 49251 .

Applicants should submit:

· a letter of interest which aligns your experience and qualifications with the job description,

· a current Curriculum Vitae,

· names and current contact information for three professional references in one Word or PDF document.

Please combine all application materials into one PDF or MicroSoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

· Please direct inquiries about the position and correspondence to: Bill Marse, ( ) Director of Biomedical Communications, UMKC School of Dentistry.

· If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

· Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for applicants who progress to the finalist stage.

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins upon receipt, the position remains open until a qualified applicant is hired.

Other Information

This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, ranked non-tenure track faculty position with at-will administrative duties as the Executive Director. Start date is negotiable. Opportunity for ranked promotion is provided.

Our academic schedules and workload provide for a positive work/life balance.

The School of Dentistry operates a public student dental clinic and a faculty practice which serve patients throughout the KC metropolitan area. We provide a critical education outlet for Kansas and several other states without a dental school. UMKC is the only institution in Missouri offering advanced education residency programs in General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Endodontics.

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with multifarious communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life.

A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.



The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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