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Full Time Faculty Dental Hygiene (DHY)

Mount Wachusett Community College
Job Location:
Gardner, 01440
Dental Hygienists and Assistants

Company Description:

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is a highly regarded educational institution located in Gardner, Massachusetts and accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Established in 1963, MWCC serves the educational needs of the communities of North Central Massachusetts with innovative undergraduate education, early college programs, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service. With a strong emphasis on academic excellence, MWCC provides a supportive environment for individuals to pursue their educational goals, enhance professional skills, and seek personal growth. As a beacon of opportunity, Mount Wachusett Community College empowers individuals from all walks of life, fostering their development and transformation.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount  Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.

Mount Wachusett Community College embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values and makes it our mission to proactively focus on improving racial equity in our college community. We value equity-minded individuals with commitment to serve student learners from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants who share our commitment and who understand the benefits of culturally relevant practices needed in an educational environment.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties:

Mount Wachusett Community College seeks an educator who believes that engaging and authentic teaching matters more than anything else in the pursuit of student success. This educator designs an innovative classroom culture that embraces diversity and fosters student empowerment. Building positive connections, the successful faculty member will create a sense of belonging that motivates students and strengthens their desire to learn.

This Dental Hygiene faculty member will teach assigned courses in the department and/or other dental courses based on faculty expertise and departmental needs.  The faculty should be committed to using active learning strategies and student engagement. The faculty member will possess excellent writing and communication skills, academic credentials, technological proficiency, and the expertise to provide students in the program with the dental hygiene skills needed for future academic and career opportunities. The faculty member may teach at the Burbank and Gardner campuses as well as online.


  • Teaches courses as assigned by the Director of Dental Education Programs;
  • Participates in professional development activities and remains current in one's area of expertise.
  • Utilizes a wide variety of teaching methodologies including informational technologies (Blackboard, Dentrix) and active learning strategies for the integrated classroom for the dental assisting students;
  • Promote high standards of professional dental hygiene practice
  • Provides guidance in the selection and ordering of textbooks for program courses.
  • Collaborates with student support areas, (e.g. Tutoring, Enrollment, Testing, Advising), and other departments as needed.
  • Engages in the delivery of patient simulation experiences as a learning methodology where appropriate in the dental hygiene curriculum.
  • Completes course attendance and final grade submissions in a timely fashion.
  • Assists in data collection and analysis and evaluation of program and course student learning outcomes to guide ongoing curriculum development. This includes identifying program outcomes, developing competency statements, writing learning objectives, and selecting appropriate learning activities and evaluation strategies;
  • Works effectively as part of the overall department demonstrating positive interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and collaboration with other faculty members and clinical site staff to meet departmental and student needs;
  • Contributes to the development of student recruitment and admissions, and evaluates student program progression, retention, and graduation completion rates;
  • Creates clinical learning activities and supervises and evaluates students in practice learning environments based on program and course student learning outcomes;
  • Assures safe patient care is provided for individuals or groups of individuals in clinical, laboratory or community settings;
  • Actively participates in college governance and committees per MCCC contract;
  • Maintains office hours per MCCC contract;
  • Maintains expertise in area of clinical specialization with ongoing professional development and/or fieldwork;
  • Maintains faculty requirements at all times and provides faculty file updates to Dental Department and Human Resource Department annually. (CORI/SORI, drug screening, fingerprinting, MA RDH license verification, liability and health insurance, MA DPH Health requirements, physical exam, evidence of scholarship, and American Heart Association Basic Life Support -BLS CPR certification); and
  • Additional duties as required by the college.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in dental hygiene or related area.
  • Experience teaching clinical dental hygiene in a CODA accredited program.
  • Experience teaching didactic and/or laboratory courses in a CODA accredited dental hygiene program.
  • Willingness to complete educational methodology courses that meet the ADA CODA requirements for teaching in an accredited dental hygiene program.
  • Knowledge of dental hygiene education program accreditation
  • Sound knowledge of federal and state regulation policies and guidelines (CDC, OSHA, DPH)
  • Sound knowledge of the current periodontal assessment guidelines (AAP).
  • Minimum of three years of dental hygiene clinical practice with periodontally involved patients.
  • Active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
  • Massachusetts's Permit-L, local anesthesia license or ability to obtain.
  • Registered Dental Hygienist in good standing licensed in the state of Massachusetts or ability to obtain a license in the state of Massachusetts.  
  • CPR certified at Health Care Provider level.    

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years' experience teaching didactic, laboratory and clinical dental hygiene and/or dental assisting courses in a CODA accredited program.
  • Demonstrated experience developing curriculum and learning assessment tools
  • Experience working with Blackboard or other online learning management systems.
  • Well-articulated understanding of the role of community colleges, their students and philosophy.
  • Evidence of understanding and appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Integration of computer technology into instruction.
  • Ability to work effectively with populations representing diverse ages, backgrounds, life experiences, and abilities, including adult learners.

Equivalency Statement

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Salary: $47,931.00-$81,488.00

**Actual Salary will be determined in accordance with the classification system of MCCC/MTA commensurate with Education & Experience.

Employee Status: Full Time Faculty

Benefits: Yes

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

Candidates for employment should be aware that although the COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement Policy is no longer in effect, all Community College students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be up to date with vaccination against COVID-19. For additional information related to the status of the COVID19 Vaccination Requirement Policy, please visit:

The following documents are required:

1. Resume

2. Cover Letter

Anticipated Effective Date: September 1, 2024

Priority will be given to applications received prior to  April 18, 2024

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).

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