Assistant Professor in Graduate Nursing Program (Exempt)

College: Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Candidates should submit: (1) HSU Application, (2) letter of application, (3) state of teaching philosophy that includes an integration of faith with learning, (4) current curriculum vitae, (5) official graduate transcripts, (6) sampling of recent teaching evaluations, (7) Certifications and (8) three letters of reference (at least one of the letters should address teaching effectiveness). Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your application to careers@hsutx.edu.

DEPARTMENT: Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

POSITION: Assistant Professor in Graduate Nursing Program, Non-tenure Track

LOCATION: Abilene, TX

START DATE: Immediately

SCOPE: This position participates in a broad range of activities that support the mission, vision, core values and purposes of the school of nursing and its consortium partners.  Faculty members at PHSSN are responsible and accountable for ensuring the attainment of the goals, mission and vision of the school of nursing and its consortium partners.  Successful performance of this role requires excellent classroom, clinical and professional proficiency, management, leadership, organizational aptitude, and excellent interpersonal communication. In addition, faculty are accountable and responsible for ensuring program compliance with the standards and guidelines set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing and other accrediting agencies.  Ultimately, the continued pursuit of academic excellence in all settings is central to this role.  This position reports directly to the appropriate Program Chair, unless otherwise specified in supplemental job description.

SUPERVISOR: Graduate Program Chair; Dean of the School of Nursing

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, maintain an active church involvement, and hold the Old Testament and New Testament to be sacred scriptures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The faculty must meet the minimum requirements for employment in the baccalaureate and masters in nursing programs as required by the Texas Board of Nursing(TXBON) [rule 215.7 (c)]; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) :

  • (A) Hold a current license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas;
  • (B) Show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in the subject areas of teaching responsibility;
  • (C) Hold a master's degree in nursing; doctoral degree preferred.
  • (D) Have experience in nursing education.
  • (E) Certified Nurse Educator - CNE certification required if no teaching experience. Can obtain after employment.  

The faculty will also be expected to exhibit a high level of commitment to the Christian faith consistent with the mission and heritage of the university.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  1. Maintain current knowledge of prevailing literature and standards in nursing.
  2. Inform the Dean/Program Chair of interested faculty and potential clinical affiliations to prepare for contingencies in faculty appointments and clinical agency experiences.
  3. Follow the organizational chain of command for reporting problems in the School of Nursing.
  4. Participate, as needed, in providing solutions for problems in the School of Nursing.
  5. Utilize aggregate data from the evaluation of curriculum, faculty and student evaluation of teaching-learning practices to inform decisions that facilitate the achievement of student outcomes to foster program improvement.
  6. Respond appropriately to an annual evaluation conference with the Program Chair.
  7. Provide the materials and documents required to accompany a recommendation for promotion and/or tenure at times designated in specific contracts.
  8. Actively participate in screening the school's library holdings and recommending the most appropriate collection to meet program outcomes.
  9. Engage in appropriate and required faculty development activities that foster achievement of program outcomes.
  10. Maintain a professional affiliation with community partners and other agencies.
  11. Acquaint nursing majors with career opportunities and opportunities for graduate study.
  12. Participate in external and internal recruitment activities for the school of nursing.
  13. Maintain accurate records and documents and submit timely reports. Records/documents include but are not limited to syllabi, grades, and office hours.
  14. Submit all course grade books to the Dean’s office at the end of each semester.
  15. Devote primary efforts to carrying out contractual responsibilities, as faculty, except during vacation periods and/or excused periods under the terms of your contract.
  16. Schedule, announce, post, and maintain sufficient office hours to allow students time for formal and informal contact that may include but is not limited to advising, mentoring and remediation.
  17. Acquire and demonstrate proficiency in test and curriculum development, item analysis, utilizing blueprints and curriculum mapping.
  18. Maintain an up to date test bank utilizing the TXBON recommendations for alternate formats.
  19. Strive to ensure the highest level of faculty and student morale within the school and maintain harmonious, professional, collegial and productive working relationships among colleagues, both within the school and the consortium institutions at large.
  20. Fulfill all classroom and clinical duties essential to the role of faculty, as assigned, by the Dean/Program Chair.
  21. Attend faculty meetings and participate in the process of faculty governance within the school of nursing and consortium institutions.
  22. Participate in committees to which you are assigned by attending regularly and fulfilling assigned responsibilities.
  23. Participate in curriculum and program development.
  24. Utilize evidenced based practice and best practices in the teaching-learning process.
  25. Be conversant with the PHSSN faculty constitution and by-laws to enable active participation and facilitation of school goals and objectives.
  26. Be familiar with the accreditation requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing (TXBON rule 215.7 (c), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  27. Participate in the preparation for and meetings of the Accreditation and Board visits.
  28. Know and uphold the policies in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs, PHSSN Nursing Student Handbook, and faculty handbook.
  29. Function within the parameters of conventions, conferences, and constituencies of the consortium institution members.
  30. Participate in the advising, mentoring and remediation of students.
  31. Participate in budget planning process.
  32. Make recommendations regarding equipment, computer labs, technology, software and supplies.
  33. Develop, disseminate, and update syllabus according to program requirements.
  34. Performs other duties as assigned

KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) on a separate sheet of paper, complete the KSA information listed below. Using any standard word processing program, please write a paragraph for each KSA listed describing your knowledge, skills and abilities. This is your opportunity to express your background and qualifications in each area. Relate the KSAs to the Essential Duties when possible. Explain your qualifications from your background, education, current job and/or previous jobs as they relate to each function. Interview decisions will be based on the information provided.

  1. Computer Skills: Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn to use university software and online educational platforms.
  2. Human Relations/Customer Service:  Good human relationship skills with the ability to work comfortably with the dean, program chairs, other faculty, and staff across campus, as well as the public. Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality.
  3. Communication: The ability to communicate clearly and effectively through verbal and written modalities including classroom and online settings.
  4. Classroom/Office Management: Detail oriented. Strong organizational skills. Initiative to improve procedures related to PHSSN courses/curriculum.  
  5. Christian:  Professing Christian.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

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HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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