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Position Announcement



College of Health Professions

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences



POSITION: The chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene will direct associate of science and baccalaureate programs in dental hygiene designed to prepare students for entry-level dental hygiene employment. The AS/BS program annually enrolls a class of 37 (total enrollment of 74) -- 32 students at the main campus in Little Rock, and 5 students at a distant site in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The Department has 10.0 FTE faculty including 2 supervising dentists. The position will be available 2 January 2013. The appointment will be in the tenure track.


QUALIFICATION: Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in dental hygiene, education, or an associated field (a doctoral degree is preferred), a current license in dental hygiene, and eligibility for Arkansas licensure including a local anesthesia permit. A minimum of three years dental hygiene practice experience, as well as a minimum of three years of recent and relevant experience in teaching, academic administration, and scholarly activities at the college or university level is required.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The department chair is responsible for overall leadership, development, organization, administration, ongoing review, and general effectiveness of the Department of Dental Hygiene, as assigned and delegated by the dean of the College of Health Professions.  The primary responsibilities will be the administration of the program, including but not limited to curriculum development, faculty and student recruitment, and faculty development; teaching; and scholarly activities. Additional responsibilities include university and college service as well as directing the department's active continuing education program.


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SALARY AND RANK: Salary and academic rank are commensurate with qualifications and college promotion and tenure criteria.  


THE COLLEGE: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the academic health science center for Arkansas, and the College of Health Professions (CHP), along with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Graduate School, comprise its academic components.  The CHP includes the departments of Audiology & Speech Pathology, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics & Nutrition, Emergency Medical Sciences, Genetic Counseling, Health Information Management, Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Laboratory Sciences, Ophthalmic Technologies, Physician Assistant, and Respiratory and Surgical Technologies.  For further information, please go to the college Web site:


APPLICATION: Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, current curriculum vitae, and be prepared to provide contact information of five references upon request.  Review of applications will begin February 1, 2013, and the position will remain open until filled.


Direct applications, nominations, or inquiries to:


Dr. Kathy C. Trawick, Chair

Search Committee for Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene

College of Health Professions

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 West Markham, #733

Little Rock, AR  72205-7199



Little Rock is a progressive city with an excellent quality of life.  The state capital, Little Rock offers a downtown convention  and entertainment district, a fine symphony orchestra, restaurants, shopping, museums, and the new William J. Clinton Presidential Center.  Little Rock, located on the beautiful Arkansas River, has plentiful hiking, cycling, camping, fishing, and boating opportunities.  The climate is temperate, allowing for outdoor activities year round.


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