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Cabrillo College
  • Position Number: 1365096
  • Location: Aptos, CA
  • Position Type: Health - Other Health Faculty

Dental Hygiene Instructor - Tenure Track

Cabrillo College

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Dental Hygiene Instructor - Tenure Track


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Aptos, CA

Job Type

Dental Hygiene

Job Number

2/8/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Employment Opportunity
Full-time, tenure track faculty position.

Starting Salary Range: $55,703 to $85,443 per year, salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the faculty salary schedule is step 9.

Cabrillo College provides a generous doctoral stipend of $3,719 per year for eligible faculty.

Benefits: Cabrillo College currently provides a generous benefit stipend for employees plus dependents that employees apply towards benefit selections for medical, dental, life, and short-term/long-term disability insurance. Depending on health plan selections, in many cases full-time employee net out-of-pocket for benefit premiums may be $0 or otherwise relatively low.

Days Per Year: Faculty enjoy a 175-day work schedule.

Beginning Date: Position(s) scheduled to begin Monday, August 19, 2019, pending continued funding and Governing Board ratification. Assignments may include distance education courses, may be scheduled over summer and/or winter months, and may be scheduled at various campus locations; days, evenings, and/or weekends.

About the College: Situated on Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education, and currently serves over 11,400 students each semester. Cabrillo College transfers many of its students to three nearby universities - the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby Silicon Valley business environment as well as that of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Cabrillo focuses on student-centered learning and has a tradition of collegial governance.

Faculty at Cabrillo College have a long history of shared governance and participation in all levels of decision-making at the college. Cabrillo provides an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its students and community.

The ideal candidate will share Cabrillo's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Cabrillo College serves approximately 11,400 students per term, of which 45.13% are LatinX, 5.26% multi-ethnic, 2.64% Asian, 1.25% African-American, 0.79% Filipino, 0.30% American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 0.18% Pacific Islander as of Fall 2018. At Cabrillo, 56.66% of students are students of color and 54.91% are economically disadvantaged. In 2006, Cabrillo College was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

Cabrillo College is committed to initiatives aimed at improving student completion, transfer, labor market outcomes, equitable access and achievement, development of culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies and approaches that eradicate a deficit mindset toward students and increase faculty engagement in equity-focused pedagogy and outcomes.

About the Department:
The Dental Hygiene program is a two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program, with prerequisites in the sciences and general education. Emphasis is placed on concentrated clinical instruction, integrated with basic dental hygiene sciences, community dental health and research. Cabrillo's Dental Hygiene program enjoys a reputation as one of Cabrillo College's highest quality programs. Hundreds of Cabrillo graduates work in dental offices in the Monterey Bay area. The program and its graduates are highly regarded in the dental community. The program is affiliated with the University of Pacific Dental School.

About the Position:
Under the general direction of the Associate Dean of Allied Health and the Stroke and Disability Learning Center (SDLC), the Dental Hygiene Instructor instructs courses in dental hygiene as assigned, which may include first and second year clinic patient assessment, dental materials, morphology and oral embryology/histology, law and ethics.

Examples of Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising students and faculty in a clinical setting at various campus locations
  • Course instruction in dental hygiene as assigned; primary courses may include lecture and laboratory sessions in dental hygiene clinical procedures
  • Collaborating with dental hygiene faculty on curriculum issues, clinic policies, teaching-learning techniques, and student advising, remediation and accreditation procedures
  • Informing students regarding course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance, maintaining scholastic and attendance records, and providing classroom instruction in accordance with established course outlines and manuals
  • Overseeing incoming student orientation
  • Overseeing, developing and supervising infection control protocols, clinical handbook, and clinical manual
  • Initiating Dental Hygiene program in-service training (i.e. clinical calibrations)
  • Developing and monitoring first year clinical teaching requirements
  • Overseeing student learning outcomes program
  • Developing and monitor first year clinical teaching requirements, i.e., clinic manual, student handbook, etc.
  • Providing orientation, direction and guidance to faculty members regarding first year instruction
  • Development and review of curriculum as well as including assessment of learning and student learner outcomes
  • Overseeing the ordering and distribution of dental hygiene instructional kit
  • Attending meetings upon request
  • Completion of required annual trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter, EEO/Diversity/Elimination of Bias, Workplace Safety, etc.
  • Performing other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications
    Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications:

  • Any Bachelor's Degree or higher AND two (2) years of professional experience OR
  • Any Associate Degree AND six (6) years of professional experience OR
  • The equivalent OR
  • A lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Health and Physical Care Services and related technologies

    Candidates without the specified degrees listed above must complete and submit an Application for Equivalency Determination (Download PDF reader). Additionally, candidates must provide documentation, as part of this application process, sufficient to convince the committee that the candidate possesses the equivalent of these minimum qualifications, including the depth and breadth of discipline knowledge plus general education.

    *Note: Graduate students currently working on a Master's degree are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that the degree must be completed and confirmed by July 1, 2019.

    Required Professional Expertise:
  • Currency and depth of knowledge in the applicable field
  • Knowledge of and commitment to teaching strategies and practices that enhance student success, including effective use of technology
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses or perform the duties effectively as described above
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with students of diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds; gender identities; sexual orientations; and students with disabilities
  • Evidence of professional activities and service beyond the primary teaching assignment
  • Development and review of curriculum, including assessments of learning
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Demonstrated responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices in the classroom
  • Demonstrated ability to reflect critically on institutional and teaching practices that aim to increase cultural responsiveness
  • Knowledge and understanding of the accountability and critical dimensions of equity
  • Demonstrated ability addressing issues of equity in the classroom

    Required Discipline Specific Requirements/Licensure:
  • Current California Dental or Registered Dental Hygiene License or Special Permit with no disciplinary actions
  • Direct patient care experience within the previous five (5) years in the dental hygiene area to which the candidate is assigned, which can be met by either:
    o Two (2) years' experience providing direct patient care as a registered dental hygienist or dentist OR
    o One (1) academic year of dental or dental hygienist level clinical teaching experience
  • Per CCR: 1105.1B, current knowledge of the specific subjects taught which can be met by either:
    o Completion of twelve (12) continuing education hours in the designated area OR
    o Completion of two (2) semester units OR three (3) quarters of dental hygiene education related to the designated dental hygiene area OR
    o Have nation certification in the designated dental hygiene area
  • Documented background in educational methodology within the last two (2) years, consistent with teaching assignments
  • Current CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Professionals

    Required Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
  • Currency and depth of knowledge as a first year clinical coordinator
  • Knowledge and ability to develop and supervise infection control protocols and procedures

    Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
  • Recent successful teaching experience in Tooth Morphology, Law, and Ethics; first year clinic Dental Hygiene in a higher-education institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ innovative teaching techniques and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of culturally-responsive pedagogical teaching techniques and effective ways for engaging students who are historically under-represented and under-served.
  • Successful online teaching experience.
  • Master's Degree or higher in education, dental hygiene or public health.
  • Two (2) years of professional experience directly related to the assignment.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning and evaluation.
  • Previous public health experience.

    Additional Information
    Selection Process:
    A search committee will review complete applications. Meeting minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview; it is therefore critical that candidates submit a detailed and complete application with supporting required materials. When filling out the online application, it is important that you fill out all sections completely. Do not leave blank spaces, or notes saying "see resume". When adding attachments, please redact ALL of the following items which appear on any attachment before you submit it: social security number, birth date, age, gender, birth place and personal photos. A search committee will review application materials. On the basis of appraisal of qualifications as documented by application materials submitted, the search committee will invite applicants for interview (a teaching demonstration/presentation will be a part of the interview.) A limited number of candidates will be invited for an interview slated for March 2019.

    To be considered, each candidate MUST SUBMIT:
    1. Completed online Cabrillo College Application
    2. Cover letter, which states how the candidate specifically meets the required qualifications and gives an introduction to the candidate's teaching philosophy
    3. Current job-related resume detailing teaching and/or related work experience
    4. Verification of education qualifications (Foreign transcripts must be translated to determine equivalency to U.S. standards (Download PDF reader). Any fee for such translation is paid for by the applicant.):
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended showing the degree conferred that meets the requirements for this position as listed in the Minimum Qualifications Section (unofficial transcripts, copies, and downloads are acceptable). Please note diplomas, certificates, evaluations, or letters of verification of degrees awarded are not accepted in lieu of college transcripts. If selected, it is the responsibility of the candidate to provide official transcripts, diplomas, degrees or other documents as may be required upon hire OR
  • Copy of lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Dental Hygiene, front and back (if applicable) OR
  • Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination (Download PDF reader) and supporting documentation. (This is only necessary if candidate does not possess and submit proof of specified degrees listed in the above minimum qualifications OR does not possess a valid lifetime California Community College Instructor credential.)
    5. Three (3) recent job-related letters of recommendation which address the candidate's ability to perform the duties of this position. Please note verification of employment, evaluations, or lists of references cannot be submitted in lieu of attached letters of recommendation, and such letters need not be confidential nor from a supervisor; they need only address the candidate's ability to perform the duties as listed in this job bulletin.
    6. Current copy of California Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) License
    7. Current copy of CPR/BLS for health care providers certificate
    8. A brief (not to exceed two {2} pages), clearly identified, separately attached statement outlining your vision for the future of dental hygiene education at the community college level.

    If any of the required materials are not submitted with your application packet, your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded to the committee for screening.

    Please notify Human Resources if you require any special accommodation(s) in meeting these requirements.

    Candidates selected for employment with Cabrillo College must agree to be fingerprinted and cleared, provide current Tuberculosis screening results, provide proof of eligibility for employment in the United States and present a valid Social Security card upon hire.

    Application Deadline: All application materials MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 8 2019.

    Please note: Cabrillo College will be closed beginning Monday, December 24, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

    Cabrillo College seeks applications from all qualified individuals. It is the continuing goal of Cabrillo College to hire and retain staff that reflect the rich diversity and cultural heritage of the college district and its student body.

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