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Assistant/Associate Professor of Foundational Sciences

Kansas City University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 1, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Foundational Sciences

Joplin Campus

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Job Description:

Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine seeks an Assistant/ Associate Professor as full-time faculty for a new dental school in Joplin, Missouri. This faculty member will be responsible for contributing to the development of the biomedical sciences teaching and implementing it through interactive pedagogy designed for the adult learner. The College of Dental Medicine's educational program integrates topics of foundational biological sciences with systems-based, clinically-focused case studies to achieve the overarching objective of preparing students to become community-based primary care clinicians.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Candidates must demonstrate a passion for the application of basic and biomedical sciences that are foundational to patient care. Candidates should have a strong desire to teach and conduct research. The Assistant/ Associate Professor - Foundational Sciences will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:
  • Develop, implement, deliver and evaluate instructional content throughout multiple courses by utilizing traditional and interactive teaching methods such as Case Based Learning (CBL)
  • Actively participate in the developing and editing of software systems to evaluate student learning
  • Create, proctor, and grade exams, quizzes and other assessments
  • Evaluate assessments and teaching and learning methods
  • Conduct research, and other scholarly activities that will help qualify for appropriate promotion
  • Serve on thesis committees
  • Serve as an advisor, coach and/or mentor to dental, medical, and biosciences students
  • Mentor students as part of the candidate's research endeavors
  • Participate in developing the goals, objectives, and policies and procedures for the College of Dental Medicine specifically, and as a collaborator with other KCU programs
  • Contribute to the ongoing needs of the College of Dental Medicine and other KCU colleges and programs
  • Represent the College of Dental Medicine and Kansas City University favorably and in accordance with the established Core Values and expectations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervising faculty or Dean

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to contribute to and participate in a humanistic environment of learning and discovery. Successful candidates are expected to be able to provide innovative teaching and learning paradigms in the health sciences. Candidates should be highly motivated to be part of the development and growth of a new dental college and willing to serve as academic coaches and role models to students while providing compassionate, ethical, and evidenced based learning approaches. Applicants are expected to contribute to the education of dental students and professional enrichment activities for faculty. In addition, applicants will establish and maintain activities in research and scholarship.

  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree (either PhD, DDS, DMD, DO, MD, or a combination) from an appropriately accredited institution
  • Candidates should have teaching experience, preferably using a wide range of educational techniques. Preference given to candidates with prior teaching and research experience in the disciplines of Microbiology, Immunology, or an equivalent combination
  • Post-doctoral training and experience is required (residency/ fellowship) with prior academic teaching and research experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Clinician scientists and dual degree trained candidates with a clinical and research doctorate are preferred
  • Candidates should have general teaching experience with the ability to teach difficult concepts to students at the predoctoral level, as well as extensive research experience
  • Experience as a course director, team teaching, and mentoring students in research is preferred
  • Candidates should have effective organization, communication, verbal, and written skills, as well as high proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software programs and online Learning Management Systems

Candidates must demonstrate a passion for teaching, an enthusiasm for dental education, a value for research and a strong desire to teach students in a demanding, startup academic environment. A strong desire to teach students and interact with faculty and researchers through collaboration is encouraged. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

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Kansas City University (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the sixth largest medical school in the nation, the ninth most impactful medical school in primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees: a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.



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Kansas City has been home to KCU for more than 100 years. Now, KCU is proud to call Joplin, Missouri a second home. We’re constantly creating new programs such as the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, an MS in biomedical science, specialized dual degrees and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. 

KCU has a long, rich history of osteopathic medicine. Founded in 1916 by George J. Conley, DO, KCU is the oldest medical school in Kansas City and the largest medical school in Missouri. 

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It’s so much more than just a paycheck. It is more than our award-winning benefits, competitive compensation package and outstanding well-being program. The strength of our university is rooted in our talented group of people and our shared sense of purpose. We are a university founded on science and compassion that never stops working to ensure a future with both.

Nationally recognized benefits package to help ensure the health and well-being of you and your family.

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • FSA & HSA with Annual KCU Contribution
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Telehealth Services
  • Pharmacy Advocacy Program

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