Job #:  1667

Pacific University invites applications for a full-time faculty position to start August 2018 in their School of Dental Hygiene Studies.  The dental hygiene faculty member provides didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction for dental hygiene students in an on-campus clinical facility, and may include off-campus fieldwork sites.


  • Teach a variety of didactic, laboratory & clinical dental hygiene courses
  • Serve as an academic advisor to assigned students
  • Provide laboratory and clinical instruction, evaluation and supervision for dental hygiene students
  • Monitor patient care to ensure that patients receive safe and appropriate care.
  • Assist with orientation, calibration and supervision of part-time clinical instructors.
  • Assess the completeness and accuracy of student, patient and clinic records.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information related to students, patients, faculty and staff.
  • Monitor student, patient and instructor compliance with clinical policies and procedures.
  • Participate in long-range planning, program development and outcomes assessment
  • Pursue professional development opportunities to maintain current knowledge & skills
  • Integrate scholarly activity into teaching & professional growth
  • Contribute to university and community service
  • Participate in professional association activities
  • Represent the program within the university & in the community
  • Serve as a role model for the dental hygiene profession.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:  Other related duties as assigned

JOB SCOPE:  The dental hygiene faculty member is primarily self-directed with some guidance from the Program Director. The dental hygiene faculty member has decision-making authority within the parameters of this position.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  The dental hygiene faculty member may provide supervision for part-time laboratory and clinical instructors.


  • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene or related field; master’s degree preferred
  • Licensed or eligible for dental hygiene licensure in Oregon
  • Clinical experience with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen administration, and restorative procedures preferred
  • Current knowledge of dental infection control procedures, radiation safety, emergency management, HIPAA and FERPA
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
  • Formal preparation in educational theory and teaching methods
  • Knowledge of current concepts in dental hygiene and dental hygiene education
  • Current teaching experience in clinical dental hygiene education
  • Current clinical experience as a licensed dental hygienist
  • Experience working with patients who have limited access to dental care
  • Experience with computer-based dental practice management systems
  • Experience with Microsoft Office computer software including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Demonstrates high level of organizational skill and attention to detail
  • Organizes tasks, sets priorities and manages multiple projects
  • Works effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Communicates well with students, patients, faculty and staff
  • Establishes professional relationships and maintains appropriate boundaries
  • Responds appropriately to stressful situations, accidents and emergencies
  • Presents a professional appearance and attitude

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Primary work setting is a dental hygiene education program located on the health professions campus of a private university.  Some work may be scheduled at off-campus fieldwork sites.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:  __Climbing   __Balancing   X  Stooping   __Kneeling   __Crouching   __Crawling   X  Reaching   X Standing    X  Walking   __Pushing   __Pulling   X  Lifting   X  Fingering   X    Grasping   X  Feeling  X  Talking   X  Hearing   X  Repetitive motion

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  __Sedentary work   __Light work   X  Medium work   __Heavy work   __Very Heavy work   X  Visual acuity

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,