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Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
May 11, 2024
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About the Job

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is pleased to invite applications for a Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in our Division of Pediatric Dentistry.

The person holding this position will join a strong group of faculty members in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry that has patient care, research, and didactic expertise in all aspects of pediatric dentistry.

This person will complement and expand the Division's interests in cariology, evidence-based dentistry, public health, education of the oral health workforce, oral manifestations of systemic disease, clinical and molecular genetics, care of children with special health care needs, multidisciplinary management of genetic dental conditions, and cleft and craniofacial care.

The person in this position will:

  • achieve great satisfaction from teaching and providing clinical instruction of dental education students, residents, and pediatric health care providers.
  • demonstrate passion, clinical expertise, a positive attitude, and a collaborative team approach while supporting learners as they provide a high-quality, evidence-based, comprehensive dental home.
  • have strong organizational skills, sound knowledge of current office software programs, communicate well verbally and in writing.
  • have a track record of experience in leading projects from conception to completion via an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, direct reports, and supervisors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position may include, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

  • Clinical instruction and administration of pre-doctoral dental education students rotating through Division of Pediatric Dentistry clinical sites
  • Provide academic offerings (lectures, seminars, case presentations, etc) for pediatric dentistry residents, pre-doctoral dental education students, and advanced education dental residents
  • Clinical teaching with pediatric dentistry residents and other advanced education residents at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota and the MHealth Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital
  • Participate in committee work as appointed by the Director of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Participate in faculty, resident, and student research projects conducted by the Division of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Participate in continuing education programs provided by the Division of Pediatric Dentistry
  • One day a week of internal or external private practice is negotiable at time of offer

Required Qualifications:

  • DDS/DMD degree from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited United States or Canadian dental school
  • Completion of an Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry accredited by CODA or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada prior to start in the position
  • Meets eligibility requirements for certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Current Minnesota Dental License or can obtain one prior to start in the position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a diverse patient base
  • Experience and clinical interest working with dental education students and residents
  • Experience in clinical and didactic instruction in pediatric dentistry
  • Experience working within a pediatric hospital setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently
About the Department

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is the state's only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest. We are a regional resource to five states for dental education, consulting services, patient treatment, and ongoing continuing dental education.

We educate dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental educators and research-scientists. We offer advanced degree programs in seven ADA-recognized specialties: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and TMD and orofacial pain. We educate scholars in oral biology, dental hygiene and oral health for older adults. Dentists from other countries who wish to practice in the United States matriculate through our Program for Advanced Standing Students. Learners have the option to pursue a Masters in Public Health or a PhD alongside their DDS degree.

We are the only dental hygiene program in the state associated with a dental school. Offering programs at the baccalaureate and master of science level, our integrated program prepares oral health professionals to collaborate from their first day in the profession.

We became the first dental school in the nation to educate dental therapists in 2009. Dental therapists perform basic preventative services, drill and restore teeth for children and adults and remove primary teeth under the supervision of a licensed dentist. As of 2023, we have graduated 91 dental therapists from the program.

Our work affects virtually every person in Minnesota. We educate approximately 73% of the state's practicing dentists, 68% of licensed dental therapists, and 49% of dental hygiene educators. Our researchers develop and test restorative materials used by dentists around the world. We provide critical oral health care with more than 100,000 patient visits in our campus clinics and more than 16,000 patient visits at outreach sites in underserved communities throughout the state. We provide continuing dental education for 7,1000 practicing dental professionals each year.

The School of Dentistry is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds create a strong and creative team that best serves the University's many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit our website, dentistry.umn.edu


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit Program
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Employee Transit Pass with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro area

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach the required documentation as indicated below.

To apply for this position, candidates must submit:

  • a current curriculum vita (CV),
  • a letter of interest,
  • a one-page (500 word) diversity, equity and inclusion statement that explains your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your previous professional roles, and discusses the impact your contributions made to your organization(s) and the community.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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