Diablo Valley College is seeking a qualified full-time tenure track Dental Hygiene instructor with a passion for teaching and learning, along with a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in the classroom/clinic by developing and using highly effective teaching strategies that meet students’ diverse needs and promote the acquisition and application of knowledge and the development of critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will also conduct all work activities with an appreciation and respect for diversity of population, views, and learning styles. The applicant will be expected to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Dental Hygiene Program as well as maintain the educational standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC). The start date of the position is August 2018.

InquiriesContact Diablo Valley College Office of Instruction at 925-969-2004

Location: Diablo Valley CollegePosting Number: F00376

Yearly Salary Range / Hourly Range: $58,452 – $87,960 per year

Discipline: Dental Technology (dental assisting, dental hygiene)

Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;
  2. participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;
  3. collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;
  4. engaging in department program improvement initiatives;
  5. participating in department, division, and college committees;
  6. participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;
  7. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;
  8. maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;
  9. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;
  10. preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;
  11. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;
  12. posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;
  13. participating in College’s shared governance processes.
  14. demonstrating best practices in instruction and classroom management that respond to students’ diverse academic needs.
  15. helping students reach their academic, personal and career goals and fostering a safe environment that respects the diversity of people and ideas by modeling respect for all students and conveying confidence in every student’s ability to learn.

Minimum Qualification-Education/ExperienceThe applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university):

A baccalaureate or higher degree and two years of professional experience OR a valid California Community College Instructor credential authorizing full-time instruction in Dental Hygiene. All dental hygiene program faculty members must have:

  1. current knowledge of the specific subjects they are teaching
  2. documented background in current educational methodology concepts consistent with teaching assignments
  3. faculty who are dental hygienists or dentists must have graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


  1. A current, active California Registered Dental Hygienist license in good standing with required certification in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, soft tissue curettage, and BLS for Healthcare Provider; OR
  2. A current, active California DDS/DMD license in good standing with required certification in BLS for Healthcare Provider with occupational experience in dental hygiene duties and functions; AND
  3. As per CODA accreditation standards, completed thirty (30) hours of teaching methodology; AND
  4. Demonstrated background in and current knowledge in the subject matter taught prior to July 1, 2018.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in the open-access learning environment of a community college;
  2. Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation;
  3. Commitment to professional growth and development, and to continue innovation and improvement of teaching;
  4. Demonstrated knowledge, interest and commitment to the emergence of dental hygiene as a profession;
  5. Demonstrated interest and experience in transferring knowledge and fostering the development of dental hygiene clinical competency;
  6. Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to coordinate the duties associated with dental hygiene didactic and clinical instruction.
  7. Demonstrated background in inspiring and motivating students in a learning-centered environment.
  8. Demonstrated involvement in collaborating harmoniously with faculty to successfully achieve program goals and objectives.
  9. Master’s degree or currently enrolled in a Master’s program (not needed for licensed California dentists).
  10. Certified Dental Assistant (not needed for licensed California dentists).
  11. Demonstrated interest and ability to work within the department, division, and college community to achieve the strategic goals of the college, which are focused on excellence, institutional effectiveness, student success and achieving equity in the rates of educational outcomes across student demographic groups.

Job Close Date:
03/05/2018Open Until Filled: No

Employment Begins: August 2018

How to Apply

  1. Interested applicants must submit all of the application materials online to be considered for this position. We do not accept hand-delivered, e-mailed, faxed or postal mailed application packets.
  2. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date. Our application deadline time is 11:59pm on the specified closing date.
  3. You should submit an unofficial transcript for screening purposes. If you do not have electronic version of the transcript required for the position, you can have it scanned by a Staples, Office Max or Office Depot, etc. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload transcripts when completing our online application process. You should be prepared to provide an official transcripts prior to employment start date should the position be offered.
  4. If you do not possess the required educational degrees and are applying under the equivalency process, you bear the responsibility of submitting the District’s Equivalency Application. Equivalency applications with supporting documentation should be submitted when 1) degrees are not in exact discipline required; 2) degree is in progress; 3) degrees were earned at a college or university outside of the United States. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload an equivalency form for evaluation by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process.
  5. Applicants with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to United States degrees. An approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency must evaluate your course work. All applicants will have an opportunity to upload a foreign degree evaluation for review of by a college equivalency committee when completing our online application process. Please read more details in the Foreign Degree and Credit Statement section of the job announcement.
  6. Documents uploaded online must be the actual documents to be considered for review. Do not upload a “placeholder” document. Applications with placeholder documents are considered incomplete and will be rejected. Only upload the required documents, other materials can be presented if you are selected for an interview.
  7. All application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.

Selection ProcessApplications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

  1. The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial college transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to the college at their own expense.
  2. During the campus visit, each applicant will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a demonstration appropriate to the discipline. Selected interviewees may be invited to present an entire lecture in front of a class. Responses to the interview questions and demonstration will be rated by the interview committee.
  3. Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited at their own expense to the campus for an interview with the college president and vice president of instruction.
  4. After consultation with the interview committee, the college president will make the final recommendation for employment to the chancellor and the governing board of the Contra Costa Community College District.
  5. Upon hire, the successful candidate must meet the conditions of employment. Finalists must provide verification of transcripts. TB test, physical examination, fingerprinting/conviction clearance and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

Foreign Degree and Credit StatementIn accordance with the United Faculty Contract, Article, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. Please upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date

Special Instructions to ApplicantsPlease respond to the required Supplemental Questions addressing the minimum and desirable qualifications. These supplemental questions are a required part of the application. They are designed to give you the opportunity to provide information about how you meet the desirable qualifications for the position. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS even if you repeat information provided elsewhere in the application. The information provided in these questions will be used to determine which individuals will be invited for an interview and teaching demonstration.

For the Required Documents, you can upload the copy of current dental and/or hygiene licensure for California using the “Other” and your resume/current vitae for the past 3 years using the “Resume” in the Applicant Documents section.