Dental Hygiene Program Director


Full-time: Review of applications begins Tuesday, November 07, 2023 and continues until the position is filled.


Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (SUSLA) is accepting applications for the Dental Hygiene Program Director position. SUSLA is a comprehensive community college serving Shreveport, Bossier City, and surrounding areas in Northwest Louisiana.  It is one of five campuses constituting the Historically Black Southern University System.  The University serves approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and offers 32 undergraduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of fields including Allied Health, Nursing, Aerospace Technology, Business Studies, Behavioral Science/Education and Science & Technology.



The program director of the Dental Hygiene Program is directly responsible and accountable for ensuring the fulfillment of educational goals and objectives, ensuring program compliance, and maintaining full accreditation through the Committee on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. These responsibilities require leadership in both academic and workforce areas and include meeting student retention goals, directing and participating in educational planning and program organization, staffing, training, and performance, motivating and advising students, developing, and maintaining the program budget, and generating program reports as needed. The individual who serves as a director of the Dental Hygiene Program is a faculty member who serves as a liaison with the administration of the college while also performing administrative functions.


  • Develops program curriculum, syllabi, goals, and objectives and evaluates students' progress in attaining goals and objectives
  • Establishes, measures, and evaluates program or departmental student learning outcomes for continuous student improvement and success
  • Correlates clinical education with didactic education
  • Maintains program accreditation with the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Remains knowledgeable of accreditation policies and procedures
  • Manages ongoing program assessment through developing IEP reports
  • Attends professional development training, workshops, seminars, and conferences
  • Teaches dental hygiene courses in the classroom/lab/and clinical environment.
  • Provides advisement to incoming and transfer students
  • Meets with faculty and advisory board to discuss students' instructional programs and other issues
  • Assists with recruitment, retention, and job placement efforts
  • Attends meetings and participates in graduation ceremonies


  • Master's degree or higher from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or Bachelor’s Degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Hygiene with current enrollment in Master’s Degree program
  • Specific knowledge and experience in dental hygiene with a minimum of 5 years full-time work experience
  • Current CPR certification and documentation of all routine healthcare employee immunizations
  • Documented evidence in the administration of Local Anesthesia


  • Administrative and instructional experiences, and professional experience in clinical practice either as a dental hygienist or working with a dental hygienist.


$58,000 - $60,000 

TYPE: Full-time

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The application can be filled out online at the

Please attach cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and three references to application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications begins Tuesday, November 07, 2023 and continues until the position is filled.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Criminal background check and reference verification is required. 

Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University and A & M System, seeks to provide quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees; and offers courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX prohibits use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and provides individuals protection against such practices.

In compliance with federal law and USDOE federal guidance, including provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Executive Order 11246, Executive Order 13988, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 as mended by the Jobs for Veterans Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, an institution of the Southern University System shall not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, color, nation or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, covered veteran’s status, or genetic information in its administration of education policies, programs, or activities; admission policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other institution-administered programs; or employment.

As part of their commitment to maintaining a community free of discrimination, and in compliance with Title IX’s mandate, institutions of the Southern University System shall address allegations of power-based violence and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, in a timely and effective manner. Further, institutions of the Southern University System will provide resources as needed for affected persons (Reporters, Complainants, Respondents, and third parties within the institution’s community) and will not tolerate retaliation against any person who reports or participates in the investigation of alleged power-based violence or sex/gender discrimination.

In accordance with the requirement of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its Amending Act of 2008 (collectively “ADA”), the Southern University System (System) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. The System does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA. The System will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the System’s programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, documents in Braille, and other ways of making communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments. The System will make reasonable modifications to policies, procedures, and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the System, should contact the ADA Coordinator. The ADA does not require the System to take any action that would fundamentally alter the natures of its programs or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the System is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.



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