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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Mission Statement

MDentistry: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery. 

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:  -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.  -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


This position works closely with Course Directors, Students and School of Dentistry personnel as indicated below, the Preclinic Classroom and Lab Coordinator will support student success in the preclinical setting, support faculty efficiency and help ensure a high quality educational experience. Job duties and approximate time dedicated to them are included but not limited to those listed below.

Plan and coordinate the logistics and supplies for DDS, DH and ITDP courses (approximately 25 annually) held in the preclinical simulation classroom and lab space.  Tasks include preparing student manuals and creating/updating the course websites in Canvas (learning management system), facilitating communication between course directors, various equipment suppliers and Dental Stores when considering new supplies for a course.  

Review teaching plans and order needed supplies in coordination with Dental Stores and course directors while meeting ordering deadlines.  Work with the Dental Stores manager concerning lab bids for courses and track all projects with labs.  Maintain and distribute general stock on a daily basis.  Special order preclinical supplies and ensure they are bundled and distributed to students at the beginning of each semester.  Maintain proper supply levels in the lab for all course projects while minimizing waste.  Coordinate with Dental Stores to re-evaluate supplies yearly to manage inventory and course fees.  Sterilize and prepare donated teeth for storage.  Sort teeth for projects including but not limited to Endodontic, Periodontic, Research, Cariology exercises, etc.

Assign, label, stock and maintain student lab benches.  Facilitate repairs as needed. Handle proper storage and disposal of all hazardous chemicals and waste in the Simulation lab.

Organize all supplies needed for practical exams and distribute to students.  Enter grades and maintain course gradebooks for in-person and online courses.  Assist with final grade uploads into Wolverine Access.  Take course attendance.

Support the faculty in the administrative functions of their teaching.  Work with Educational Support Services to coordinate student proctoring sessions as needed.

Administer preclinic supplies budget.  Order office supplies, reconcile shortcode expenses exhibiting fiscal responsibility

Participate in preclinical course director meetings held on a regular basis.

Required Qualifications*

  • Three or more years of knowledge and experience as a dental assistant (preferably general dentistry), or similar work experience
  • Associates degree from a CODA accredited dental assisting program or comparable experience
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, planning and communication skills 
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Previous experience supporting faculty and/or students
  • Demonstrated efficiency in Microsoft Office Programs, especially Excel
  • Must be self-motivated, highly dependable, punctual and present a positive attitude and a professional demeanor
  • Must have an excellent attendance record
  • Ability to create a collaborative atmosphere, adapt to change and learn new tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and be proactive in mitigating problems
  • Dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for students

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certified Dental Chairside Assistant in general dentistry
  • Three or more years of experience in a university or clinical setting
  • Previous experience with School of Dentistry policies and procedures




Work Locations

This position is located in the School of Dentistry at 1011 N University Ave.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.