Assistant Professor of Nursing - Tenure Track, Fall 2019 (Two Positions), School of Health Sciences & Education

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The School of Health Sciences and Education invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions in Nursing to start August 12, 2019. 

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in nursing and related topics, content and clinical areas, such as medical/surgical, mental health, maternity, public health and/or other areas as needed.  A full-time position includes instruction in both classroom and clinical areas.  Scholarly activity and output appropriate to the rank is expected consistent with the teacher-scholar model.  Additional duties include recruitment and retention of students, student advising, mentoring students in research and other experiences, and service to the department, university, and community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in nursing, and two or more years of recent experience as a registered nurse;

  • Currently licensed in the U.S. as a registered nurse after passing NCLEX-RN®;

  • Eligibility for unrestricted Missouri registered nurse license;

  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in nursing;

  • Strong oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills; and

  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A completed terminal degree in nursing or closely related area;

  • Nursing specialization in maternity, mental health,or public health nursing;

  • In the absence of specialization in maternity, mental health, or public health, other specialties will be considered depending upon the needs within the department;

  • Ability to teach other related courses within the department;

  • Additional relevant experiences and preparation, including education, consulting, or practice;

  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates;

  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences, such as undergraduate research, service-learning, practice, and internships; and

  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service.

Rank and Salary: Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and stipend for moving expenses.

The Program:  The Department of Nursing currently has 7 full-time faculty, 3 part-time faculty, 2 staff members, and approximately 220 students in the major.  The department offers two routes to obtain a BSN degree, a traditional four year BSN program and an accelerated BSN for students with a previous baccalaureate degree.  For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.  Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application:  Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, scholarly activity interests, view on collegiality and its importance in a learning community, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;

  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;

  • Current curriculum vitae;

  • Copy of active registered nurse license;

  • Evidence of, potential for, or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;

  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable);

  • Three recent letters of recommendation (or references) with contact information.

Letters of recommendation may be emailed to with a subject heading of “Nursing Search 2018” or mailed to Truman State University, Department of Nursing-Attention B. Wheeler, 100 E. Normal Ave, HS 3210, Kirksville, MO  63501.

Review of applications will begin December 6, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about the position may be directed to: Dr. Brenda Wheeler, Chair, Department of Nursing,

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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