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Clinical Assistant Professor- AZ- Dental Institute

Midwestern University
Glendale, Arizona
Closing date
Jul 3, 2024

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Full Time

The Clinical Faculty should have earned a DDS/DMD degree.  An Arizona License and DEA License are also required. The applicant should have a minimum of five (5) years in a private/clinical practice environment. The applicant should be a person committed to educating and empowering students with a wide range of clinical and academic abilities. The applicant should be conversant in CAD/CAM dentistry and aware of newer digital technologies.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Clinical Education, the Clinical Faculty in consultation with their respective suite Clinical Care Coordinator (CCC) will:

  • Advise the Associate Dean for Clinical Education on college-wide academic issues to assist in moving the institution to its vision of academic excellence.
  • Maintain an open-door policy on the part of administrators and faculty for students in need of counseling.
  • Establish a welcoming atmosphere to improve morale and to promote collegiality among students, staff, and faculty.
  • Be a positive role model for students.
  • Become competent in the use of Epic Wisdom
  • Be/Become competent in the use of CAD/CAM scanning, designing, and milling.
  • Maintain/Obtain a standard proficiency laser certification.
  • Demonstrate competency in removable prosthodontics, including both partial and complete dentures.
  • Demonstrate competency in rotary endodontic procedures.
  • Demonstrate competency in the restoration of dental implants.
  • Demonstrate competency in the removal of teeth, both simple and complex, including skills such as: sectioning teeth, laying a flap, socket preservation, and suturing.
  • Act as a leader and mentor of their clinical suite/s.
    • Clinically supervise the students in their individual suite
    • Meet with each student on a regular basis to review their clinical progress and individual patient treatment progress.
    • Identify and meet with students having difficulty as needed.
    • Be responsible for the attendance of students within their suite.
    • Address problems of faculty, staff and students conferring with the suite CCC
    • Identify discrepancies in patient needs and patient assignments among the students.
    • Oversee and help manage student portfolios; this will include number of patients in each pair, percent of patients seen in given time, list of patients not receiving care within the last month, reason for non-activity, clinic attendance, broken appointment rate and general time management.
    • Along with the student, assume responsibility for patient selection and assignment of patients for students.
    • Offer students guidance and direction in care of patients by monitoring data on progress and performance.
    • Help CCCs with student productivity and attainment of competency.
    • Advise students on professional conduct and practice management and assist the faculty and staff of their suite with solving patient-related problems.
  • Meet periodically with individual students and groups of students to:
    • Review practice plan.
    • Review patient resources.
    • Review individual and group progress.
    • Assist in establishing group goals.
    • Provide the CCC information (based on meetings with students and staff) necessary to assure equitable distribution of patients based on students’ needs.
  • Evaluate each student’s Professionalism and Practice Management skills by reporting instances of misconduct, patient abandonment, refusal to comply with established protocol, or disregard for the patients’ welfare first to the suite CCC and then to the Associate Dean for Clinical Education
  • Report to the Associate Dean for Clinical Education instances when faculty or staff attempts to correct misconduct have failed.
  • Determine student compliance with departmental expectations and periodically review same with the student.
  • Assist all students in assigned suite with quality patient care.
  • Demonstrate clinical treatment on patients assigned to students.
  • Under the direction of the CCC, attempt to equalize student learning opportunities; this may be achieved by initial input into patient assignments and by redistribution of patients within the pool of patients as well as advise on priorities, use of time, need for new patients,
  • In collaboration with the suite CCC, use Epic Wisdom to inform faculty and students of the real costs of care delivery and establish realistic targets for production and collections in the spirit of sound practice management principles to enhance student education as well as clinical productivity.
  • Under the direction of the suite CCC, conduct an entrance conference with all new students to assess patient rosters and assure a smooth transition into the clinic.
  • Assure all case completions have an exit exam.
  • Assure all laboratory work is sent out and delivered in a timely fashion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Meet regularly with the CCC to discuss job performance and the needs of the suite.  

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The CCF position involves being in the dental institute clinic during clinic hours, walking between operatories. The CCF is expected to actively circulate through the suite during operating hours. 
  • Inherent to this clinical instructor assistant professor position is the ability of the Clinical Faculty to work chairside to evaluate procedures that are being performed by students.
  • Inherent to this clinical instructor assistant professor position is the ability of the Clinical Faculty to sit or stand chairside and demonstrate procedures for students on a patient of the Dental Institute.  
  • Inherent to this clinical instructor assistant professor position is the ability of the Clinical Faculty to sit or stand chair side performing/taking these procedures to completion as needed.
  • Inherent to this clinical instructor assistant professor position is the ability of the Clinical Faculty to perform/demonstrate intraoral scanning, CAD design of indirect restorations, staining and glazing of indirect restorations, soft tissue laser dentistry using a diode laser, removable prosthodontic techniques including both partial and complete denture, and rotary endodontics.
  • Inherent to this clinical instructor assistant professor position is the ability of the Clinical Faculty to perform/demonstrate surgical techniques for the removal of teeth requiring surgical extraction, including laying a flap, sectioning a tooth, removal of alveolar bone, and socket preservation.  

If you would like to learn more about this position or about the College of Dental Medicine, please submit your letter of intent and application through Midwestern University’s online job board:  Your online application should include a letter of intent and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact information (including email addresses) of at least three professional references.  Please note that although faculty positions are usually listed as “Assistant Professor”, initial appointment at a higher rank is possible based on the academic experience of the applicant.

For more information about this position, please contact:

Dr. Steven Call
Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Midwestern University
College of Dental Medicine
5855 W. Utopia Road
Glendale, AZ 85308

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides graduate and post-graduate education in the health sciences. The University has two campuses, one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Glendale, Arizona. More than 6,000 full-time students are enrolled in graduate programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, cardiovascular perfusion, podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. Over 500 full-time faculty members and 400 staff members are dedicated to the education and development of our students in an environment that encourages learning, respect for all members of the health care team, service, interdisciplinary scholarly activity, and personal growth.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).  Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

Qualifications Education Required Doctorate or better.


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