Chairperson, Department of Preventative and Restorative Dentistry

San Francisco, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Aug 24, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time

Position Description:

The Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, is responsible for providing the preventive and restorative preclinical and clinical content within the dental school pre-doctoral curriculum including preventive, removeable prosthodontic, implant restoration, direct restoration (operative) and indirect restoration (fixed). The Department also participates in the preventive and restorative content for the Dental Hygiene program, Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, and extramural clinics managed by the School of Dentistry and supports the inter­ and intra­professional learning opportunities of our students and residents. Teaching is done in a manner consistent with the core values, especially that of humanism.
In addition to the formal curriculum, the Department is active in scholarship, patient care, providing continuing education, and service. Department faculty members are integral in all activities of the Department, and teach the students in all areas by instruction and also by example.
Expectations of the Department Chair include:

1. Leadership
Represent the growing edge of ones discipline through: (a) range of knowledge and skills in the discipline, (b) familiarity with and contribution to the literature, © participation in national organizations
Role model for faculty and students with regard to: (a) scholarship and clinical skill, (b) commitment to the profession, © personal responsibility and habits, (d) continuous growth, (e) humanistic respect for dignity of others, (f) school policy
Initiate continuous improvements in: (a) teaching program, (b) staff and departmental operation, © collaboration with the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Associate Dean for Oral Health Education, Assistant Dean for Research, other chairs and faculty in decisions regarding: (a) curriculum, (b) academic standards, © faculty standards, (d) research, (e) clinic operation
Actively participate in local, regional, and national organizations and networks

2. Faculty development
Assess the need for faculty
Recruit and bring on board faculty who are: (a) current and growing in their fields, (b) supporters of a model that combines humanism with sound academic standards, © contribute to balance the overall strength of the school
Mentor and monitor faculty members’ careers through: (a) comprehensive orientation, (b) setting mutually agreed goals, © providing or working to find needed resources, (d) providing regular feedback and realistic appraisals, (e) account for faculty effort, (f) using progressive discipline and termination if necessary, (g) matching faculty to growth assignments and opportunities where possible, (h) encouraging and facilitating professional connections outside of school
Keep faculty informed and make opportunities for their participation through: (a) regular department meetings, (b) distribution of information and policy, © encouraging regular attendance and full participation in school functions, (d) compliance with all human resources and faculty policy, (e) assignment of faculty for teaching coverage, including backup

3. Manage the educational program within the discipline
Ensure that competencies are current and complete by: (a) continually scanning developments and the state-of-the-discipline, (b) articulating realistic competency standards for students
Ensure that the educational experiences available to students are effective by: (a) providing current, properly sequenced, and well-presented instruction and practice, (b) diagnosing learning difficulties and providing appropriate remediation, © challenging all students to stretch for excellence and providing opportunity
Ensure that evaluation is valid and useful by: (a) using evaluation methods that match competencies, (b) supporting educational decisions with sound evaluation data, © calibrating faculty, (d)ensuring compliance with academic policy

D. General management

Collaborate with Associate/Assistant Deans and/or Chairs to ensure appropriate faculty coverage in clinics, sim-lab, and classrooms

Participate in forming, implementing and enforcing school policy

Manage content coordinators within disciplines

Plan overall needs and associated expenses

Monitor and account for departmental budgets

Maintain appropriate relations with the administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni
Advocate for needed resources

Complete reports and projects in a timely manner

Identify resources of financial support for the department and school

Attend and support school and university meetings and events

Support goals and mission of the school

Basic Qualifications:
Knowledge of:
1. Curriculum management as it relates to preventive and restorative dentistry
2. Competency based education and assessment
3. Modern pedagogical concepts and application in health professions education
5. Trends in oral health and oral health education
6. Dental accreditation standards and processes
Ability to:
1. Promote the dental school mission, vision, and core values
2. Lead and function in an active change environment
3. Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students using various means of communication (email, texts, one-on-one conversations, small meetings, large meetings, lectures)
4. Maintain professional composure and demeanor at all times
5. Listen, follow, collaborate, negotiate, compromise, direct, delegate, refer, and think critically
6. Inspire excellence and promote innovation
1. Minimum of seven years of work experience in a dental school setting with administrative responsibilities.
2. Successful research background
3. Word, Excel, axiUm, Outlook, Canvas, SharePoint databases
1. DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited school of dentistry or eligible for California Special Permit.
2. Active dental license
3. Valid CPR certification
Physical Requirements:
1. Work performed is primarily general office/administrative/patient care with frequent use of computer keyboard and phone
2. Requires sitting majority of the working day; occasional standing, bending and walking.
3. Occasional lifting of up to 15lbs should be anticipated.
Working Conditions:
1. Position requires coordination of a variety of responsible duties in stressful situations.
2. Must be available to work additional hours every weekday and some weekends.
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Behavior consistent with core values of the Dugoni School.

Additional Qualifications:

1. Prior experience as department chairperson
2. Dental private practice, group practice, AEGD/GPR or public health experience is preferable.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

1. Work performed is primarily general office/administrative/patient care with frequent use of computer keyboard and phone
2. Requires sitting majority of the working day; occasional standing, bending and walking.
3. Occasional lifting of up to 15lbs should be anticipated.