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Associate Professor (Education Focused), Sydney Dental School

Surry Hills / Westmead, Australia
$174,618 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

Job Details

  • Full time, continuing position
  • Opportunity for an experienced dentist and leader in dental education for the role of Program Director of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program within the Sydney Dental School. The program director will lead the ongoing development and realisation of the vision and goals of the DMD Program.
  • Base salary from $174,618 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

As an Academic School within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Dental School (SDS) is consistently ranked as one of Australia's top dental schools. Delivering integrated research, clinical and professional education, students benefit from the opportunity to gain experience in a diverse range of clinical facilities, to interact with dental and other health professionals, and develop an understanding of real-world challenges in oral health and healthcare.

The Sydney Dental School is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor - Education Focused. This position is crucial in making significant contribution to teaching and learning practice and engages in educational leadership within the school.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • maintain a national or international reputation for educational leadership, design and innovation
  • maintain a well-regarded and sustained record of educational or disciplinary research in high-quality national or international peer reviewed outlets
  • present at national or international conferences on educational practice, design and innovation
  • develop curricula and programs within the School/Faculty (e.g. leading a large interdisciplinary area, coordinating a large award program or a number of smaller award programs) which enhance the University's standing as a national leader in education
  • design and deliver quality educational units of study and experiences that support student needs and meet curriculum requirements
  • teach formal courses in the DMD program
  • engage in supervision of dental students in clinical settings
  • apply scholarship and knowledge of contemporary pedagogical practice to innovate education
  • develop and maintain relationships with educational partners and placement stakeholders to ensure operational success
  • maintain an understanding of the University's strategic agenda and contribute to furthering that agenda
  • develop a profile through pedagogical conferences, seminars and outreach activities.

About you:

  • AHPRA registration as a dentist or dental specialist
  • Doctorate or PhD in a relevant dentistry field
  • national or international reputation for excellence in educational design and delivery, including recognition for achieving improved or consistently excellent student outcomes, educational innovation, educational leadership and/or well-regarded pedagogical or disciplinary research
  • an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector
  • an understanding of and ability to lead and support an academic endeavour from curriculum design to producing leading research and providing a student enabling environment.
  • experience in people leadership within the higher education sector, including demonstrated success in supervising and/or mentoring others towards success
  • proven leadership, commitment and passion for engaging in scholarly and/or pedagogical research activities, recognised at a national level
  • sustained record of excellence in educational design and practice within the discipline and beyond, as evidenced through demonstrated impact on student learning, recognition through awards/prizes and innovation.
  • wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of education in the discipline, School, Faculty and University.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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Tuesday 27 February 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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