Clinical Assistant Professor - Pediatric Dentistry
Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
Reporting to the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry, the incumbent will
be responsible for clinical teaching in pediatrics and Special
Care, in outpatient and inpatient settings as part of an
interdisciplinary team as well as didactic teaching to pre- and
post-doctoral students as well as licensed dental and other health
care providers.University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity,
equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued
students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making
that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways
socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality,
socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and
- In the first two years of the program, responsibilities will
primarily include clinical teaching to pre-doctoral dental students
in the school's Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dental Clinic, Special
Care Clinic and Community Outreach Clinics. The Special Care Clinic
treats patients with moderate to severe medical, intellectual,
developmental, and/or psychosocial conditions. Community partners
care for underserved and disadvantaged pediatric populations and
at-risk individuals, due to health, socioeconomic status, and/or
significant physical or individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities (IDD).
- Teach students and residents from the UOP School of Pharmacy,
Health Sciences and other Health Professions Students or in
collaboration with other community partners.
- Work as part of an inter-disciplinary team and teach in
inter-professional settings to dental students and students in
other health professions within the scope of practice.
- Maintain and promote an environment of quality patient care and
include learners in process of CQA (clinical quality assessment)
and CQI (clinical quality improvement).
- Teach in a variety of formats to include lectures, seminars and
clinic sessions; greater participation in didactic teaching will be
expected after the initial two years.
- After the initial two years, development of some programs
related to oral health care and dental education related to
children and individuals with IDD will be expected.
- Over time, increased participation in service in the form of
committees and other school and university events will be
- Participation in school functions will be required during
school hours and at other times as directed by the school
administration or department chair.
- Build a body of work to meet criteria for promotion, including
papers, original research, presentation at local and national
meetings, grant writing and program development and implementation
in addition to excellence in teaching and service.
- Assist in enhancing Interprofessional Education (IPE) and
Practice (IPP) opportunities on, off and across campuses, including
extramural rotations, in-class seminars, participation in the IPE
Committee and community engagement.
- Content and expectations for the candidate within IPE and IPP
- Awareness of pediatric and special needs populations who may be
limited by economics, medical complications, or geographic
circumstances and the ability to communicate these issues to
students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Clinical efficiency and the ability to impart practical dental
knowledge and aid students in increasing their clinical speed while
facilitating expedient, efficient and excellent patient care.
- Professional competence and self-confidence. Through rotations,
it is expected that students will gain composure and
self-confidence as they work closely with their preceptor faculty
who also demonstrates these qualities.
- Patient management. As each clinic is somewhat different site
to site, students must develop the ability to think quickly and act
appropriately in unfamiliar clinical environments and with a
variety of patient populations. The successful candidate will
facilitate this by continuous engagement on campus and with
community partners to improve both the patient and student
experiences during these rotations.
- Perspective and understanding about the opportunities for
dentists to reach patients who are often left out of the dental
care system. The successful candidate can impart this information
to students but may also use to develop future educational programs
directed toward dental and other health care providers.
- An opportunity to evaluate contemporary and emerging models of
oral healthcare delivery, understand dentistry's role in the larger
health care system and strive to reduce barriers to care. The
successful candidate can impart this information to students but
may also use it to develop future educational programs directed
toward dental and other health care providers.
- Collaboration with the inter-professional health care teams to
improve oral-systemic health and model successful integration of
oral health care within a variety of healthcare settings.
- The incumbent may develop additional extramural rotation sites,
models for delivery of care or improved outcomes in care, or other
curriculum by working with the IPE Committee and other stakeholders
in the final years of the loan repayment program.
- General and pediatric dentistry principles.
- Advanced course instruction.
- Advanced principles in care of children
- Advanced principles in care for children with complex IDD
- Principles of pediatric dental practice management, including
accepted and evidence-based behavior management, risk-based care
practices, and business principles of practice management.
- Techniques, equipment used, and current developments in the
field of dentistry.
- Demonstrate a wide range of clinical skills, be able to
treatment plan and care appropriately for patients with a wide
range of dental and medical needs, including the ability to
treatment plan directly with patients as well as parent, guardians
and surrogate decision makers.
- Clinical and didactic instruction within a dental school.
- Working with children with IDD.
- Experience working with medically compromised children with
- Experience using an integrated Electronic Health Record.
- Collaboration within teams.
- Providing oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia
- DDS/DMD degree
- Completion of a residency program in Pediatric Dentistry
- Current, active license to practice dentistry
- Valid CPR/BLS/PALS certification
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant student loan
debt and be eligible for the loan repayment program according to
program guidelines established by HRSA, Federal, State and
University criteria. All tax regulations related to loan repayment
programs apply. The candidate will be responsible for payment of
taxes related to loan repayment.
- Position is full-time, 4 days per week, Mondays-Thursdays
- Requires attendance to weekend/evening events and
- Local or interstate travel to teach in community clinics may be
- Distant travel to present scholarly work may be required.
- Communicate effectively with administration, staff, students
and public through oral and written communications.
- Serve as a liaison between Dugoni and community partners.
- Develop and deliver presentations.
- Analyze problems, provide solutions and implement
- Prepare and present reports concisely and logically.
- Effectively manage projects and deadlines with close attention
- Work with minimal supervision.
- Display dedication to professional development in both clinical
and teaching capacities.
- One year GPR or AEGD preferred but not required
- Board Certified from the American Board of Pediatric
- Ability to gain and maintain trust and good relations with
- Able to work effectively at all levels in a collaborative team
- Places a high value on personal and departmental performance
- Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse
backgrounds and cultures.
- Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity,
and inclusion in a university setting.
- Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices
and knowledge in their work.
The physical demands described here are representative but not
definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job.
To apply, visit https://pacific.peopleadmin.com/postings/26070
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In
compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is
committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff
and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in
the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff
on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry,
age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and
veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy,
gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical
- Clinical work performed is for healthy children and children
with complex needs. This may require standing or stooping to
provide care. The ability to participate in transferring patients
from wheelchairs to a dental chair may be required.
- General office/administrative work required, including frequent
use of computer keyboard and phone.
- Work may include standing or sitting for prolonged periods of
time as well as bending or stooping to meet the patient’s
- Ideal chair position and posture may not be attainable for
extended periods of time when caring for patients with significant
physical and intellectual disability.
- May require standing for periods of time when teaching in
clinics or classrooms.