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Dental Assisting Instructor - Academics
Western Dakota Tech
Western Dakota Tech



Job Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Academics
Dental Assisting Instructor Salary: $33.88 - $52.94 Hourly
Location: Rapid City, SD
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Academics
Job Number: 00115
Closing: Continuous

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Position Description:

To instruct students in the Dental Assisting Program. The instructional program occurs in a classroom and lab setting, and prepares students to work in the dental assisting field. The Instructor may also serve as the Program Director.

Position Essential Duties:

  • Program Director, as appropriate
    • Work with the Vice President forTeaching and Learning to fulfill program mission
    • Coordinate and communicate program assessment activities with program instructors
    • Supervise adjuncts
      • Provide course materials for adjunct instructors
      • Serve as a point of contact for course-related questions
      • Conduct course observations
    • Manage the program`s budget and program resources in coordination with the Vice President for Teaching and Learning and the Vice President for Finance and Operations.
      • Upgrade and purchase new items as necessary by going through the proper approvals and purchasing procedures
      • Evaluate new items to replace old ones and/or determine how to use outdated or dilapidated material
    • Manage marketing of the program
      • Coordinate coverage at special events such as open houses
      • Meet with guests who want to know more about our programs
    • Manage the course curriculum
      • Coordinate the changing of and updating of textbooks
      • Coordinate updating courses to include deleting and adding new courses
      • Meet with the Curriculum Committee when changes are requested
      • Coordinate and conduct two advisory meetings per school year
  • Mastery of Subject Matter
    • Participate in CODA accreditation processes
    • Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of their field or discipline.
    • Display an ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.
    • Connect their subject matter with related fields.
    • Stay current in their subject matter through professional development, involvement in professional organizations, and attending professional meetings, conferences, or workshops.
    • Reviews and reports on the program`s content and assessment to meet Higher Learning Commission requirements.
    • Learn and use technology to enhance teaching and the educational experience when appropriate.
  • Teaching Performance
    • Teach a course load as outlined in the Faculty Work Agreement.
    • Plan and organize instruction in ways that maximize documented student learning.
    • Employ appropriate teaching and learning strategies to communicate subject matter to students.
    • Modify, where appropriate, instructional methods and strategies to meet diverse student needs.
    • Employ available instructional technology, i.e. the internet, interactive technology, simulation when appropriate.
    • Encourage the development of communication skills and higher order thinking skills through appropriate assignments.
    • Contribute to the selection and development of instructional materials in accordance with course objectives.
    • Incorporate core competencies into curriculum.
    • Promote student success by building positive interpersonal relationships with staff, students, and colleagues at WDT.
    • Develop, update and post course syllabi in a timely manner.
  • Evaluation of Student Learning
    • Establish meaningful student/program learning outcomes for courses/program.
    • Develop and explain methods that fairly measure student progress toward student/program learning outcomes.
    • Create an annual program learning outcome plan, and complete all assessment cycle requirements.
    • Evaluate student performance fairly and consistently and return student work promptly to promote maximum learning.
    • Maintain accurate records of student progress and submit final grade rosters as required after each class according to established deadlines.
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to student needs and circumstances.
  • Support of School`s Policies and Procedures
    • Teach classes as assigned.
    • Perform job responsibilities as outlined in faculty handbook.
    • Adhere to FERPA regulations.
    • Substitute for other instructors within field or discipline in case of an absence.
    • Exercise stewardship of school`s facilities and materials.
    • Record and provide attendance data in accordance with school`s policies and procedures.
  • Participation in Western Dakota Tech Program Activities
    • Serve on committees as assigned
    • Participate in meetings and events required by WDT administrators
    • Respond in a timely fashion to information requests from colleagues and administrators.
    • Support both part-time and full-time colleagues.
    • Contribute to program curriculum development processes and assessment.
    • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills in communication with students, colleagues, staff and administrators as an individual or as a part of a team.
  • Contribution to Growth and Enhancement of School`s Mission and Programs
    • Maintain familiarity with school`s strategic goals, mission, and long-range plans.
    • Contribute to planning and development processes through appropriate mechanisms and channels.
    • Participate in professional activities that contribute to the educational goals of the school and its constituents.
    • Perform professional responsibilities in accordance with pertinent goals, missions, and plans of the program.
  • This position description in no way states or implies that the responsibilities and tasks are the only essential functions to be performed. The employee occupying this position will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as required by his/her supervisor. All tasks assigned must be performed on a daily basis which requires regular and consistent attendance.

Bachelors Degree required; must be a Dental Assisting National Board "Certified Dental Assistant" with occupational experience in the application of fourhanded dentistry principles, either as a dental assistant or working with a chairside assistant.
A dental hygienist appointed after January 1, 2000, would be eligible for such an appointment after acquiring the "Certified Dental Assistant" credential offered by the Dental Assisting National Board and obtaining occupational experience in the application of clinical chairside dental assisting involving fourhanded dentistry.
Knowledge of CODA accreditation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Proficient in skills as they relate to the program`s operations.
  2. Work well under pressure.
  3. Take the initiative.
  4. Fundamentals of curriculum design and development.
  5. Fundamentals of classroom management.
  6. WDT and District policies and procedures.
  7. Fundamentals and principles of learning in addition to teaching methodologies.
  8. Methods and techniques used in student assessment, students in classroom and lab settings.
  9. Program development, assessment and implementation of procedures and practices.
  10. Ability to counsel and instruct students in a professional manner and appearance.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in all group sizes.
  12. Demonstrated ability in oral and written communication skills.
  13. Demonstrated expertise in project management and problem solving.
  14. Ability to organize, manage and complete timeline projects over multiple-year periods.

Core Benefits --- Qualifying employees are eligible to receive a medical benefit offering, with coverage provided through Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, along with dental as a separate benefit offering through Delta Dental. An Employee Assistance Program through a work-health-life services program called The Standard is also a benefit for all employees. Western Dakota Tech also supports healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA), Voluntary Life and Ad&D, Voluntary Short Term Disability, Voluntary Accident Insurance and Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance through PlanSource.

Retirement --- Western Dakota Tech offers an outstanding retirement package through South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS). As a WDT employee, you will contribute 6% to SDRS each pay period, and WDT will match 6% for qualifying employees (3 year vesting period). Supplemental Retirement Plans are also offered.

Additional Benefits --- Western Dakota Tech offers additional benefits for all employees. Those benefits include an onsite gym and other wellness vendor discounts, educational benefits, professional development, flex time and much more! An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is supported through The Standard, allowing employees and their families to contact skilled support specialists for everything from therapy referrals to financial counseling.

For additional information, please visit Western Dakota Tech`s HR website.

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How to Apply:
Thank you for your interest in working at Western Dakota Tech. You will join more than 80 faculty and staff who are dedicated to training the region’s workforce. Every position at WDT is important, and you will know you are doing something worthwhile.

Plus, you will live in Rapid City at the foot of the Black Hills, the most beautiful and activity-rich region in South Dakota. Combine the two-an important position and a great place to live-and you have the recipe for an unsurpassed quality of life.


Western Dakota Tech


EOE/Statement of Non-Discrimination/Annual Security Report


WDT subscribes to the fullest extent to the principle of the dignity of all people and of their labors and will take action to ensure that applicants are employed, assigned, and promoted without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, political affiliation, mental and/or physical challenge, disability, gender identity, status as a veteran, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Every available opportunity will be taken in order to assure that each applicant for a position is selected on the basis of qualifications, merit, and ability. Inquiries may be directed to the Human Resource Director at 605-718-2402. 


ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT/CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires that the college's Annual Security Report which includes crime statistics be made available to prospective employees and prospective students upon request. Western Dakota Tech's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported Clery crimes that occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault prevention and response, timely warnings, emergency response, and other matters. You may obtain this information through the Western Dakota Tech website at (Download PDF reader). A printed copy of the report may be obtained by writing to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success, Western Dakota 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703 or by calling (605) 718-2931.


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