Instructor, Dental Hygiene

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:Dental Hygiene

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:Primary responsibilities include classroom and clinical teaching. Other duties will include on-going curriculum planning and review; scholarly activity; professional/instructional development; service to the department, college, and university, including committees, assessment, student recruitment, and retention activities; and other related duties as required or assigned. The position reports to the Dental Hygiene Executive Director.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in dental hygiene from a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Must have a minimum of two years’ of clinical experience.
  • Must hold a current unencumbered RDH license.
  • Must be current in American Heart Associate Certificate for CPR.
  • Hold an Arkansas state license or be eligible to obtain an Arkansas RDH license with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide certificate.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five years’ of clinical practice experience.
  • Experience in instructional methods and evaluation procedures in higher education.
  • M ember of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
Essential Job Duties:
  • Demonstrate the UAFS Core Values including integrity, respect, diversity and health equity, teamwork, creativity, excellence and safety.
  • Participates in the theoretical and clinical instruction as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Collaborates with peers and the Executive Director in regards to development, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum.
  • Participates in academic advising and counseling.
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of students in the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Maintains security and confidentiality of all records and examinations.
  • Assumes responsibility for adhering to policies related to examinations and preparing test items.
  • Attends and participates in meetings as scheduled by the Executive Director and Dean of the College of Health Sciences.
  • Adheres to course objectives and program outcomes in developing appropriate class content and objectives.
  • Participates in the faculty, student, and program evaluation process.
  • Faculty are expected to engage in teaching, scholarship and service and to perform duties in a manner consistent with UAFS Core Values.
  • Uses appropriate instructional resources to facilitate student progress toward meeting objectives.
  • Maintains appropriate records regarding student evaluation and progress.
  • Maintains office hours for consultation.
  • Assists in the development of standards for the admission, progression, and graduation of dental hygiene students.
  • Serves as a professional role model for the student.
  • Participates in campus wide and community service activities in ways that benefit the surrounding community, UA Fort Smith, College of Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene Program, faculty, and students.
  • Participates in professional and community activities for the purpose of bringing education, service, and research findings together for the improvement of dental care.
  • Consistently participates in scholarly and/or service activities.
  • Maintains a hard copy or electronic copy of all lecture material on file in the Dental Hygiene Program.
  • Promotes the goals, objectives and reputation of the Dental Hygiene Program with the College of Health Sciences, UA Fort Smith, and community.
  • Participates in continuing education programs to remain current in practice.
  • Participates in professional and community activities; theoretical and clinical instruction as assigned.
  • Promotes cohesiveness between faculty and students in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Current Knowledge of Infection Control procedures.
  • Current knowledge of HIPPA policies.
  • Knowledge of alternate learning strategies such as Blackboard Learning Systems, EagleSoft Dental Software, Navigate, Banner, TalEval and a variety of software.
  • Efficient in Microsoft applications and technology.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must maintain current credentials field and current CPR certification, TB skin test or any health documentation required on an annual basis.
  • Must hold memberships in professional organizations.
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with a commitment to working within a team.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism within work environment.
Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, License or Certificate (see special instructions for submission instructions), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: Develops effective working relationships within the Dental Hygiene Program, College of Health Sciences, UA Fort Smith, and community.

List Employees Supervised: None

Special Job Dimensions: Requires abilities that include walking, standing for up to eight hours, bending, reaching, turning, listening, observation, and moderate lifting. Must be physically and emotionally able to complete all job requirements. Travel required to meetings at least twice a year and professional development activities. If hired, must comply with blood borne pathogen prevention protocol and with CastleBranch documentation as a part of UAFS CHS faculty requirements.

Recruitment Contact Information:

HR 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Frequent Physical Activity:

Occasional Physical Activity:

Benefits Eligible:Yes

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