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Associate Professor or Professor (tenured/tenure-track) and Chair, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Dentistry

Organization: Restorative Dentistry

Title: Associate Professor or Professor (tenured/tenure-track) and Chair, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington (UW) is seeking a Department Chair. This is a unique opportunity to leverage the UW School of Dentistry’s significant strengths to advance innovative education, clinical care, research and scholarship, and service across Seattle, Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.


The UW is an internationally ranked public university and a leader in teaching, research, and service. The institution serves diverse students, faculty, and staff, and is committed to fostering a multicultural educational and working environment by championing equity and inclusion. The University of Washington, as both a state government institution and a public university, meets the federal requirement of a “public service organization” as defined  by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.. The UW is located in Seattle, which is a dynamic, urban, culturally diverse city surrounded by the unmatched natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


The UW School of Dentistry is a 12-month service school. The School is an integral part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center and, as an orofacial health care center of excellence, it serves the people of the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The School of Dentistry is one of six health science schools at UW, which also include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. More than 280 students are enrolled in the School of Dentistry’s DDS program, including about 20 in the international DDS program. Another 120 students are enrolled in a variety of graduate programs, where they can earn a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD), a MSD/Master of Public Health, or a MS or PhD. The School also offers a range of certificate and residency programs, as well as postdoctoral fellowships. In addition to Restorative Dentistry, the School comprises eight departments: Endodontics, Oral Health Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (including Oral Pathology), Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Restorative Dentistry. The School of Dentistry is a financially sound unit within the UW system.


The Department of Restorative Dentistry includes the disciplines of operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implantology, dental anatomy and occlusion, dental materials science, and digital dentistry. The Department of Restorative Dentistry is the UW School of Dentistry’s largest department in terms of number of faculty and number of courses in the predoctoral curriculum. The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is also within the Department.


The Department of Restorative Dentistry is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the premier departments in the country, known for the exceptional quality of its predoctoral and graduate programs. The Department has dedicated and experienced faculty, both full- and part-time, with a strong commitment to excellence in education, patient care, research and scholarly activity, public health, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition to their teaching, clinical, and scholarly activities, faculty in the Department participate in service at the School and University, and in regional, national, and international professional organizations. In all these activities, faculty are supported by excellent administrative and clinical staff. Faculty have the privilege to work with students who come from all over Washington State, the US, and the world, bringing with them an infusion of energy and innovative ideas every year. The Department is committed to fostering this diversity by providing an equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environment in which everyone feels valued and can thrive. Thus, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate their ability to create and facilitate innovative, contemporary teaching, research, and service models in support of inclusive excellence. A broad range of scholars with diverse lived experiences and perspectives are invited to join us.


Position Description


The Department of Restorative Dentistry is seeking a full-time Department Chair, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (tenured or tenure-track). The Department Chair may also be conferred the Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair in Dentistry, a prestigious honor that recognizes the holder as an accomplished scholar with the ability to provide the dental profession with education on the business aspects of the practice of dentistry as a supplement to the clinical education that is available during and after graduation from the UW School of Dentistry.


The primary responsibilities of the position include: overall leadership and management of the Department, including facilitating achievement of department priorities, faculty mentoring and development, annual faculty evaluation, management of staff, and financial management; oversight of the Department’s educational activities, including department-related clinical education and associated collaboration with other administrators involved in clinic operations; oversight and support of the Department’s research and scholarly activities; and, oversight and support of the Department’s service activities. The Program Director of the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics graduate program reports to the Chair of Restorative Dentistry. As a leader within the School of Dentistry, the Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry must provide visionary, collaborative leadership and promote the inclusion of all faculty, staff, and students to achieve School of Dentistry and Department goals within a framework of inclusive excellence.  This position will perform teaching, research and scholarship, service and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.


The Department Chair may also be conferred the Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair in Dentistry, a prestigious honor that recognizes the holder as an accomplished scholar with the ability to provide the dental profession with education on the business aspects of the practice of dentistry as a supplement to the clinical education that is available during and after graduation from the UW School of Dentistry.


Candidates must have completed a DDS, DMD, or foreign equivalent in dentistry, and specialty expertise in an area of restorative dentistry, which may include operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implantology, dental anatomy and occlusion, or dental materials science. Candidates must demonstrate teaching and research ability in restorative dentistry and/or related sciences as well as leadership and administrative skills.


Current Washington state dental license (or eligibility to acquire one, or a Washington state faculty license by the time of employment.)


Salary and Benefits

The annual base salary range for this position will be from $253,000 to $294,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at


Other compensation associated with this position may include an Administrative Supplement for department chairs of $12,000 per year, and potential start-up funds depending on qualifications; and a lump sum moving allowance/relocation incentive payment.


Up to one day per week can be allocated to clinical practice, either in the UW Dentistry Faculty Practice, if available, or outside private practice if requested and approved by the UW.


To apply, please submit the following application materials through the UW Interfolio Faculty Search engine


Cover Letter: The cover letter should describe your interest in this position as well as relevant teaching, research, and service activities that have prepared you to lead in this position. The cover letter should also describe any relevant administrative experience.


Curriculum Vitae


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement (limit of approximately 1-2 pages): Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to the Department’s mission of providing a robust, contemporary, and healthy learning environment. It is also the Department’s mission to reduce health disparities by race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability status, and nationality. Consistent with the School’s values, and to achieve these missions, the successful applicant will be expected to embody and practice a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the leadership of the Department. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement should address the following prompt: “How have you committed yourself to understanding and aiding in the pursuit of equity and inclusion in your professional and/or personal life?”


Leadership Statement (limit of approximately 1-2 pages): The Leadership Statement should describe your leadership philosophy, including your experiences with and approach to leadership in academics/teaching, research, administration, and/or philanthropy. Provide specific examples in the statement, as relevant.


Contact information of three references 


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by July 31, 2023; applicants who submit by this date are guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after July 31 will be reviewed every month at the discretion of the search committee until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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