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Chair, Department of Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry

University of New England
Portland, Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Position Type

Faculty Track

Position Title
Chair, Department of Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry

Employment Status
Full Time


Portland, ME


The University of New England College of Dental Medicine ( UNE CDM ) invites applications for Chair of the Department of Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE ) 12-month clinical track faculty appointment at the Associate Clinical Professor/Clinical Professor rank with an administrative appointment as the Department Chair.

The Department of Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry is one of four departments in the College of Dental Medicine and includes the disciplines of dental public health, dental hygiene, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, and preventive dentistry. Reporting to the Dean, the Chair is the administrative leader for this diverse department.

Located on UNE’s Portland Campus for the Health Sciences, UNE CDM is the only dental school in a region where access to quality oral healthcare is a persistent challenge, especially in rural areas. Grounded in our mission to “improve the health of Northern New England as well as rural and underserved areas while shaping the future of dentistry through excellence in education, discovery, and service,” our college continues to mature into one of the most innovative and exciting dental education programs available. UNE CDM with its dedicated and talented faculty and professional staff, exemplifies an environment of learning and discovery that is creative, humanistic, promotes professionalism, and cultivates diversity. The College maintains a strong commitment to providing excellent education and oral health care in a patient-centered, comprehensive care clinical learning environment.

UNE is a great place to work and we offer a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The package includes varied health and dental plans; a retirement plan that includes up to an 8% match; extensive paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; and educational benefits for both employees and dependent children. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.


The Chair of the Department of Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry will participate in teaching of predoctoral students in addition to the administrative responsibilities.

Major administrative responsibilities include:
  • Providing strong leadership in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service to the department, and curriculum content
  • Collaborating with collegiate leadership and other departments
  • Developing and mentoring faculty
  • Cultivating an environment of inclusion and respect for students, faulty, and professional staff
Other administrative responsibilities include:
  • General oversight of the Department administrative, instructional, and fiscal functions
  • Manage faculty scheduling/coverage for patient care, simulation clinic, courses, advanced standing track, IPE and IPP activities, community outreach/service learning, and student research activities
  • Ensure compliance with University/College policy and procedures
  • Ensure high-quality teaching that is integrated, innovative, evidence-based, and compliant with CODA accreditation standards and UNE CDM competency statements
  • Manage curricular content within the disciplines of the Department and ensure content is complete, current, properly sequenced, delivered in a fashion the supports student success, and incorporates emerging technologies
  • Assist with outcomes assessment
Human Resources
  • Recruit, interview, and onboard new faculty members
  • Coach, mentor, and develop faculty for academic growth, scholarly pursuits, and promotion
  • Conduct teaching reviews of faculty members in Department
  • Participate in the annual review of faculty, staff, and administrators as appropriate; institutes corrective actions when required
  • Promote and foster an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community
  • Support and advance the mission of the College
  • Serve as a visionary leader of the Department
  • Support strategic initiatives
  • Promote the College
  • Participate in College activities and events
Faculty responsibilities include:
  • Didactic, pre-clinical, and clinical instruction and curriculum development
  • Faculty oversight during off-campus student service learning and community outreach activities including oral health education, oral examinations, preventive care, and desensitization behavior guidance techniques
  • Mentoring pre-doctoral students
  • After-hours emergency call coverage (by rotation)
  • Participation in college, university, and community service

Direct supervision of full-time, half-time, and adjunct faculty within the department.


Qualified candidates must possess a D.D.S./D.M.D. degree, or international equivalent. Specialists must have completed a CODA -accredited graduate program and be Board Certified or eligible for Board Certification. By the position start date, the candidate must have active Maine Board of Dental Practice licensure (full).

Candidates must demonstrate a passion for Preventative, Pediatric, and Community Dentistry and for dental education. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of excellence in leadership, teaching, service, patient care, and research and scholarship. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced experience in one of the department disciplines. Previous experience with program management is desirable.

Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interviews of qualified candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

EEO Statement Summary

Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, the University of New England is committed to the fundamental concept of equal opportunity for all of the members of the University community. The University prohibits, and will not tolerate, discrimination in employment, the provision of academic services or in any other area of University life based on race, color, sex, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV status, or status as a veteran. Prohibited bias factors should not motivate decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, volunteers or participants in and/or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.

COVID Vaccination Statement (PLEASE NOTE)

Employees in clinical settings must meet the State of Maine’s immunization requirements for clinical activity and be medically cleared, fit tested, and trained on proper respirator (N95, Powered Air Purifying Respirator ( PAPR )) use.

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Documents Needed to Apply
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents


UNE is a private, non-profit, comprehensive R2 university, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, Maine and Tangier, Morocco. The College of Arts and Sciences is located on UNE’s waterfront Biddeford campus, with nearby city-based amenities in Portland (a 30-minute drive) and Boston (a 2-hour drive). UNE’s location in southern Maine also affords easy access to forests, mountains, freshwater lakes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. CAS, one of UNE’s six colleges, has a primary focus on undergraduate education.

UNE offers students a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service. UNE’s excellence could not happen without a dedicated and talented faculty and professional staff. Our core values include but are not limited to Student Centeredness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Relentless Inquiry. Visit to learn about our mission, vision, and core values.

UNE is a great place to work. We boast both a tight-knit community and access to a wide array of degree programs, research opportunities and cultural events. We have three distinct campuses that combine to offer students a range of learning experiences. Our two Maine campuses house our nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, while our campus in Tangier, Morocco is home to an innovative semester abroad program. UNE is perennially included on “best colleges lists” by U.S. News & World ReportThe Princeton ReviewForbes, and others. Portland is one of the nation’s most livable small cities with an incredible natural environment, friendly people, a wealth of arts and cultural institutions, and major medical facilities. Outside magazine named it as one of the “Greatest Places to Live in America”, and Bon Appetit selected Portland as the 2018 “Restaurant City of the Year”.

UNE also offers a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The package includes health and dental plans; a retirement plan that includes up to an 8% match; extensive paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; and educational benefits for both employees and dependent children. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site – – for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.

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