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Associate Professor (with tenure) or Associate Professor tenure-track, Graduate Program Director

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington State
Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience
Closing date
Jan 23, 2023

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Position Description

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle, Washington is seeking a full-time Graduate Program Director. This is a 12- month service period, at the rank of Associate Professor (with tenure) or Associate Professor tenure-track. The University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatric Dentistry is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the premier departments in the country, known for the exceptional quality of its predoctoral and graduate programs.  The Department has dedicated and experienced faculty, both full and part-time, with a strong commitment to excellence in education, diversity, patient care, scholarly activity, research and public health and global health. 

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry maintains primary responsibility for educating predoctoral dental students and post-doctoral resident trainees in the care of children’s oral health. The primary clinic site is the Center for Pediatric Dentistry (CPD), a 16-chair outpatient clinic with an on-site ambulatory dental surgery center (DSC), which is staffed by pediatric dentistry faculty. Annually, the Department provides 15,000 to 20,000 patient visits, including completion of approximately 500 general anesthesia cases. Each year, the Department accepts five candidates to the two-year advanced education in pediatric dentistry residency program which is fully accredited by CODA and a component of UW Graduate Medical Education. Trainees undergo rigorous clinical and didactic training at the UW, Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), and community sites and receive a Master of Science in Dentistry degree from the University of Washington Graduate School. 

The primary responsibilities for this position include: 

  • Direct the pediatric dentistry residency program, including but not limited to didactic and clinical curriculum development, overseeing selection of candidates for admission to the program, conducting trainee evaluations, preparing for CODA accreditation, developing and implementing program policies that are compatible with accreditation and institutional requirements, and serving as a mentor to the residents.
  • Serve as a clinical and didactic instructor for residents and pre-doctoral students. 
  • Provide patient care at the CPD and the DSC.
  • Represent the department at interdisciplinary meetings at university, local and state level associations such as Washington Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Association and Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Participate in the School of Dentistry and national Graduate Program Directors meetings such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 
  • Play a lead role in the Interdisciplinary Special Needs Access Network (I-SPAN), a five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant. 
  • Participate in after-hours call at Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

The University of Washington faculty engages in teaching, research, and service. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment. This position will be expected to innovate and create teaching/research/service models that incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry was ranked No. 4 in the United States, and No. 15 in the world in Britain’s 2021 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.  The University of Washington, as both a state government institution and a public university, meets the federal requirement of a “public service organization” as defined  by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program


The successful candidate must have a D.D.S. /D.M.D. or foreign equivalent, and completion of a CODA-accredited advanced education program in Pediatric Dentistry with current standing as a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; and ability to practice dentistry in the State of Washington. Successful candidates must either hold the title of associate professor or equivalent, or be eligible for promotion from assistant professor.  In addition, the candidate is expected to obtain a State of Washington permit to administer moderate sedation or moderate sedation with parenteral agents by the start date.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, high emotional intelligence, determination, accountability, strong organization skills, leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills, team player, ability to connect with others and a sense of humor.

Applicants must possess a substantive teaching portfolio, history of funded research/training grants, manuscript publications, and expertise in academical leadership to enable her/him to lead a graduate program into one of the country’s premier pediatric residency programs.

Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant.  

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, including a diversity statement that reflects your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, CV, and names and contact information of three references, through the UW Interfolio Faculty Search engine:

The position will remain open until filled, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. Screening of applications will begin immediately.

For questions, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Ana Lucia Seminario (

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