Contributing Faculty for Public Health Nursing Specialization
The key responsibilities of the position are to teach courses in the specialty area of PHN graduate nursing courses. This position reports to PHN Specialty Coordinator in the MSN program in the School of Nursing. Part-time (Contributing) nursing faculty members will also work with other faculty as well as administrators in the College. Additionally, faculty members are responsible for maintaining a program of scholarship and/or practice in the area of their specialty, and may assist with faculty orientation, development, mentoring/monitoring, and evaluation; part-time (contributing) faculty may also participate in school and university committee service.
Faculty members educate Walden University students by effectively and proficiently using online technology and resources so that knowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted to and shared with students in thoughtful, carefully formulated, well written, and timely communications. This is accomplished in an environment that is respectful of the student, the faculty member, Walden University, and the discipline in which the faculty member is involved.
All new faculty members receive specific training from Walden University in the techniques of online teaching; use of an electronic learning platform; specifics of the policies, procedures, and degree programs of the School or College in which they are going to teach; socialization into the Walden University culture; assessment of academic integrity of student work (including use of www.turnitin.com); and research supervision of theses and dissertations. Teaching and mentorship assignments are contingent upon successful completion of required training. During the first term of teaching, faculty members may be assigned a faculty peer mentor (senior colleague) as an extension of their new instructor training. Peer mentors will continue to support instruction and provide peer reviews of the classroom on a regular basis.
Faculty members are assigned courses, which are taught using the Learning Management System (LMS), and are responsible for interacting with students within the LMS. Discussion Boards for classrooms are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Faculty members are expected to be in the classroom a minimum of 4 days per week and responses to student questions must be posted within 48 hours. The university suggests regular and predictable availability, such as online office hours or regular online chats; office hours may be required based on program or college policy.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Faculty members must be appropriately credentialed, possess an earned degree from an accredited institution or an institution that is recognized by a country's ministry of education in the discipline being taught, and may be expected to be licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specific programs. Faculty members must maintain their licenses and any appropriate certifications in order to continue to teach at Walden University. Faculty members are also expected to maintain currency with research by reviewing articles, journals, and presentations. If participating in research, the faculty member may publish and acknowledge Walden University.
Contributing faculty members may have the opportunity to travel to university events and residencies. When traveling to these events, the faculty member will be expected to fully participate in the event. For core faculty, there will be required travel throughout the year. EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate will:
• Have and earned Masters in Nursing (MSN) AND an earned Doctorate (preferably in Nursing) from an accredited institution, with demonstrated coursework in public health nursing.
• Possess a record of professional scholarly contributions to the field of nursing, preferably in public health nursing.
• Have a minimum of two years’ experience teaching graduate courses in public health nursing. Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
• Experience with distance learning preferred.
• Evidence of current RN licensure in one of the 50 states in the US required.
• Excellent communication, team, and human-relations skills.
• Certification in area of public health nursing preferred.
Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for 6–8 hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting (e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary).
Faculty members are expected to have a personal computer with virus protection and Internet access. Walden University provides a Walden e-mail account and access to the learning platform, password-protected faculty sections of the website, university and college listservs, and other faculty communications tools.
The recommended computer setup includes Internet access, preferably broadband or DSL; Windows Vista/7 or Mac OS X with virtualization software (e.g., Parallels with Windows OS); minimum of 2 GB of RAM; a hard drive of at least 40 GB; DVD drive, speakers, and headphone connected to the computer; inkjet or laser printer; webcam with microphone or a built-in webcam and computer with audio capabilities.
Software Requirements include current Web browser (Internet Explorer ver. 9.0 or higher or Firefox ver. 19 or higher); Microsoft Office suite; Adobe Reader; Adobe Flash Player; Apple QuickTime; Windows Media Player; antivirus software (e.g., McAfee or Norton) installed, running, and kept current by promptly installing the upgrades and patches made available by the software manufacturer. Software versions are subject to change.