Regular Nursing Faculty-Mental Health (Sacramento Campus)
Who we are: Samuel Merritt University graduates improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for all members of our communities. We have spent more than a century preparing outstanding healthcare professionals through immersive learning and community engagement, and are deeply committed to transforming healthcare through diversity and inclusion. At the School of Nursing, we are at the forefront of educational innovation in theory and practice to prepare highly competent professional nursing leaders who are engaged in the advancement of nursing practice and the improvement of health for diverse populations/peoples. Our motto is education plus compassion which we proudly demonstrate in the ways that we serve our students, faculty, staff, and in our local communities.
Join a team of dedicated educators: Our faculty are known for their passion for growing the nursing profession. With this passion, we strive to awaken curiosity in our students and instill lifelong learning. Congruent with our values, we work hard to inspire service and leadership in our students. For this reason, the role of faculty is vitally important because of its unmatched position to shape the professional and personal development of graduates. This position is in the School of Nursing (SoN) and reports directly to the Program Chair. The position combines teaching, scholarship and service. We define teaching as creating environments that facilitate student learning and the attainment of expected outcomes at the course and program levels. Faculty has ownership for the development, implementation, evaluation and revision of the curricula within the School of Nursing which are designed to prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a dynamic health care environment. Service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the University, the nursing profession and the community. Service consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission or strategic priorities of the University, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups among the community of interest or the professional growth of faculty. Scholarship reflects activities resulting in the production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination or creation of works that advance knowledge in nursing.
Position Summary: This is a regular, open rank position teaching mental health in our ELMSN program located on our Sacramento campus. In addition to teaching, you will be expected to engage in service and scholarship. This position is open until filled. The position reports to the Pre-licensure Academic Director.
Major Areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:
•Creates a dynamic, learner-centered environment that uses a variety of teaching methods based on educational theory and evidence-based teaching and clinical practices that support the diverse learning needs of the student population.
•Models reflective and critical thinking and serves as a coach and mentor for students; confers with them on their progress and assists them in the development of learning plans to facilitate successful achievement of course objectives.
•Maintains and enhances competence in subjects being taught.
•Confers with colleagues to assure the integrity of the courses across programs and the curriculum as a whole;
•Prepares and reviews written examinations, papers, and student projects; supervises independent study projects as needed, and evaluates learner performance in both the classroom and clinical settings.
•Notifies Course Manager of at-risk students or unusual occurrences.
•Supervises or teaches clinical rotations as needed in acute, community and laboratory settings as well as internship/preceptorship courses.
•Documents student progress on appropriate forms.
•Other duties as assigned.
•Draw on extant literature to design evidence-based teaching and evaluation practices.
•Exhibit a spirit of inquiry about teaching and learning, student development, evaluation methods, and other aspects of the faculty role.
•Demonstrate qualities of a scholar: integrity, courage, perseverance, vitality and creativity.
•Design and implement scholarly activities as agreed upon with his/her evaluator.
Engage in scholarly activities reflecting dissemination and professional peer review.
•Participate in Faculty Organization meetings
•Participate in School of Nursing Faculty meetings
•Participate in University or School committees as needed
•Provide service to the profession and the community
•Participate in University and SoN events as specified in University and SON attendance expectations.
•Clarify with the student the nursing curriculum and interpretation of programmatic requirements
•Provide needed information so students can make the best academic decisions for themselves
•Increase student awareness of educational resources available
•Discuss student academic progress and progression toward educational goals
•Refer to other institutional and community support services, where appropriate
•Forward appropriate student information regarding needs and preferences that could influence policy setting in the SON and enhance the learning environment.
* (NOTE: Total workload for a regular, 12-month faculty appointment is 1872 hours = 1320 teaching, 452 scholarship and 100 service hours.)
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements
Education & Experience
• Earned masters required, doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning, preferred
• Teaching experience of diverse students at the baccalaureate or higher degree level, preferred
• Rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience
• Unencumbered California registered nurse license or eligible for licensure in California
• Experience working with leadership in healthcare and academic institutions and community organizations, preferred
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Read and write clear documents
• Function effectively as a member of a team and independently
• Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person or on the telephone.
• Receive detailed information through verbal and written communication.
• Read and write clear documents.
• Have a strong commitment to the caring science principles and mindfulness based stress reduction practices central to the culture and expected outcomes of the program.
• Model appropriate ethical and professional behaviors, as well as expert communication skills.
• Embrace mission, vision, and values of the program, school of nursing, and university.
• Have a clear vision for aligning the safety and quality with student learning activities
The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.