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Director, Dental Hygiene & Assistant/Associate Professor

University of New England
Portland, Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 16, 2024

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Position Type

Faculty Track

Position Title
Director, Dental Hygiene & Assistant/Associate Professor

Employment Status
Full Time


Portland, ME


The Director of the Dental Hygiene program in the Westbrook College of Health Professions will lead the educational program that prepares students with a baccalaureate degree to sit for licensure and care for patients in the capacity of a dental hygienist. This include oversight of didactic and experiential instruction in the Coleman Dental Hygiene Clinic, UNE’s Oral Health Center as well as community-based experiences. The Director will work with the dean and other administrators and the dental community to meet Commission on Dental Accreditation Standards. Supervision of faculty and students to support best practices in the learning environment may include a variety of delivery methods including on-campus, hybrid or blended distance learning and on-line is required.

UNE offers a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees. 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. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site ( ) for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.

  • Teach courses as needed in accordance with objectives of the course outline as set forth by the division using a variety of instructional methods and technologies that facilitates learning for all students.
  • Organize and present various concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities, and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  • Assist in accreditation planning and program evaluation consistent with CODA standards.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with professional personnel, local organizations, public officials and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in maintaining public relations with the local community and take part in community relations when possible.
  • Actively participate in program promotion and recruitment of students, provide academic advising as needed, and assist in the placement and follow up of graduates.
  • Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community.
  • Work closely with faculty and university administration to develop innovative curricular strategies and programming.
  • Work collaboratively as a subject matter expert to develop curriculum or provide discipline specific instruction within credit and non-credit areas of the college as needed.
  • Stay up to date with trends in the field and update program curriculum and equipment as appropriate to improve student learning.
  • Prepare for and report in the program review and assessment processes.
  • Attend career fairs, recruiting events and community events to promote the academic program, club and/or college.
  • Lead and/or participate in the advisory committee meetings, contributing to the meeting agenda and seeking input from advisors.
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities for dental hygiene faculty.
  • Be responsible for the organization, development, administration, evaluation, continued development and general effectiveness of the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Assist with budget development and monitoring.
  • Assess program facility needs and maintain an inventory of equipment and instructional materials for the Dental Hygiene Program to meet current and future learning needs.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

Dental Hygienist who is a graduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or a Dentist who has a background in the education and experience with Dental Hygienists.
  • A Master’s degree required. A Doctoral Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of three years full time industry experience as a Dental Hygienist or Dentist is required.
  • Certification or licensure requirements in the State of Maine or the ability to obtain license.
  • College level teaching experience is preferred.
  • Must relate well to students and colleagues, and create a learning environment conducive to student learning.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of competency within the discipline to be taught.
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.

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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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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