Midwestern University Assistant Professor in Downers Grove, Illinois


The Assistant Professor is responsible for teaching, course and/or module coordination, overall curriculum development and integration in her/his discipline or area of expertise as assigned. The Assistant Professor is responsible for instruction in the simulation clinic, patient care clinic, plenary and small group sessions.

Reporting Relationship

The Assistant Professor reports directly to the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education. With regards to didactic teaching, the Assistant Professor interacts and reports to the related Course Coordinator(s).

Working Relationships

The Assistant Professor interacts significantly with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education, the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Preclinical and Clinical Program Directors, Group Practice Coordinators and Course Coordinators. There is an imperative to interact effectively with faculty in related disciplines of the Oral Health Sciences, and Basic Sciences when indicated. Additionally, the Assistant Professor must communicate effectively with the faculty, staff and students.

Essential Job Functions

The following job functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The Assistant Professor performs some or all of the following functions, which will be prioritized and will continue to evolve depending on the career direction of the Assistant Professor and the mutual goals of that individual, CDMI and the University.

The Assistant Professor performs the following functions:

  • Models and ensure professional behavior

  • Development of an Oral Pathology biopsy service to support Midwestern University’s Dental Institute and private practitioners in the Chicagoland area

  • Instruction of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine to CDMI students

  • Participates in the DMD curriculum in the areas of case development, facilitation of small groups, faculty calibration, etc.

  • Development a personal research plan.

  • Recruitment, training and calibration of faculty

  • Serves as Course Coordinator for courses and/or modules in the Oral Health Sciences (OHS) curriculum of the DMD program.

  • Development of instructional design and assessment formats for the OHS curriculum in cooperation with the Assistant/Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, Preclinical Education, and Clinical Education

  • Development and organization of didactic and simulation clinic coursework and exercises.

  • Development of electronic cases and related training manuals for OHS courses in coordination with the other courses

  • Engages in the delivery of OHS courses and modules

  • Manages clinical situations based on the best practices model of their discipline or area of expertise, as performed in evidence-based clinical care.

  • Assures evidence-based clinical care.

  • Assures timely, sequenced, clinically acceptable, safe simulation and patient care.

  • Renders direct care in clinics as required by degree of difficulty or demonstration needs.

  • Ensures the appropriate maintenance of the patient record.

  • Ensures that OSHA and HIPAA policies and procedures are followed in the patient care clinic, especially in relation to the practice of their discipline or area of expertise.

  • Assists where needed in the Continuous Quality Improvement program and other programs directed at improving the quality of care, student learning, patient satisfaction and clinical operations.

  • Maintains a positive image as a representative of Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

  • Development and implementation of student assessment protocols

  • Collects student assessment data, both electronic and hardcopy

  • Interacts with students and faculty in relation to the OHS curriculum

  • Development and implementation of calibration and standardization of instructional and assessment methodologies

  • Participates in regular faculty performance appraisals of part-time faculty

  • Participates in the management of faculty schedules

  • Provides and manages discipline related coursework in the classroom, laboratory, simulation clinic, patient care clinic.

  • Contributes to the day-to-day operation and functionality of the simulation clinic, patient care clinic, dispensary and related laboratory areas

Skills Required

The Assistant Professor should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Clinical skills consistent with those of a proficient practicing clinician within the specialty domain.

  • Interpersonal skills, including patience, active listening, the ability to clearly and respectfully communicate with others, and the ability to lead and collaborate with diverse and dynamic teams

  • Patient-centered focus, demonstrated by striving to provide a high level of professional service, taking into account the patient’s individual needs and working with the patient in a positive, amicable and professional manner.

  • Student focus, demonstrated by the ability to work with students in a positive and professional manner.

  • Ability to mentor and teach students, individually and in groups, taking into account individual learning styles, level of experience and prior knowledge

  • Cultural competence, demonstrated by interacting effectively with individuals from a variety of cultures with recognition of their cultural norms.

  • Collegiality, demonstrated by being a team player and showing respect for faculty, staff and students

  • Effective time management

  • Receptiveness to feedback, and willingness to learn and continuously improve

  • Computer skills, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Additional Responsibilities

The Assistant Professor will participate in University and College committees as determined appropriate by the Dean.

Qualifications & Skills Required

DDS/DMD or equivalent and specialty or other post-graduate training – with preference given to those with 3-5years experience in dental education that includes course development, particularly in the realm of their specialty. Previous experience utilizing educational and simulation technology is desired.

Performance Evaluation

Performance is evaluated on an annual basis with an emphasis on career development, following the established institutional standards of Midwestern University.

*“Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).” *

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Posted: October 8, 2016