Tenure Track Associate Professor and Coordinator of Accelerated BSN May 2022, School of Health Sciences & Education

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Associate Professor and Coordinator of Accelerated BSN Position in the Department of Nursing

 (Tenured or Tenure eligible)

The School of Health Sciences and Education invites applications for one full-time tenure eligible Associate Professor and Accelerated BSN Coordinator position in Nursing to preferably start May 2022. (Start date is negotiable.) 

Responsibilities: This position will include teaching in the accelerated BSN (ABSN) track and possibly the traditional BSN route.  Additionally, this position will include responsibility of serving as coordinator of the ABSN track under the direction of the Department of Nursing Chair. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in nursing and related topics, content and possibly clinical areas, such as medical/surgical, mental health, maternity, public health and/or other areas as needed.  A full-time position includes instruction in classroom and possibly 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;
  • Experience teaching in a registered nurse program;
  • Holds rank of or eligible for rank of Associate Professor of Nursing at another college/university;
  • Currently licensed in the U.S. as a registered nurse after passing NCLEX-RN®;
  • Eligibility for unrestricted Missouri registered nurse license;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in nursing;
  • Evidence for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates;
  • Evidence of recent scholarship (research, presentations, publications);
  • 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 (PhD, DNP) or closely related area;
  • Prior experience in administration of a baccalaureate nursing program;
  • Nursing specialization in adult health, maternity, pediatrics, mental health, or public health nursing;
  • Ability to teach multiple subject/specialty areas within the nursing program;
  • Additional relevant experiences and preparation, including education, consulting, or practice;
  • 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.

Benefits: 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 tenure/tenure-eligible full-time faculty, 1 part-time faculty, 3 temporary full-time faculty, 2 staff members, and approximately 214 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 select students with prior college credit.  For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit http://www.truman.edu/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. 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, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

 The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. 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 visitkirksville.com.

Application:  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Application materials may also be submitted by mail to Dr. Brenda Wheeler, Chair, Truman State University, Department of Nursing, 100 East Normal Avenue, HS 3210, Kirksville, MO  63501.

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;
  • Evidence of 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 uploaded within the online application, emailed to bwheeler@truman.edu with a subject heading of “Nursing Search 2021” 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 14, 2021 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.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Brenda Wheeler, Chair, Department of Nursing, bwheeler@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.

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