Instructor/Assistant Professor of BSN Program

Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F00107P Quick Link for Position Working Title Instructor/Assistant Professor of BSN Program Position Number Department Nursing Programs About the University

For more than 6,000 students each semester, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a dynamic and diverse learning community with a student-centered approach focused on the success of the individual. Small class sizes combine with innovative, hands-on learning and research experiences alongside expert faculty to ensure students receive a future-focused education at the most affordable tuition rate in the state. The university has undergone significant changes since its founding in 1928 and now offers 51 bachelor’s and associate degrees, two master’s degrees, and 36 certificate programs, all aimed at preparing students for success in the global workforce. UAFS is one of 21 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.

The second-largest city in the state, Fort Smith is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley. Established in 1817 as a frontier military post, Fort Smith is now a vibrant and growing city featuring a variety of cultural activities and entertainment options, including a thriving downtown arts and entertainment district. Outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate the Natural State’s plentiful trails, mountains, forests, parks, and waterways, both within city limits and throughout the surrounding area. The city is also within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Memphis.

The UAFS campus is comprised of 77 buildings and facilities located on 170 beautifully manicured acres and crowned with the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. Students who choose to live on campus may do so in one of two residence hall complexes, complete with a full-service dining center, or the on-campus apartment complex for married students and upperclassmen. Campus involvement is encouraged by participation in more than 100 registered student organizations, which includes academic societies, a dynamic Greek life system, intramural sports, and cultural/special interest groups. The UAFS Lions compete in NCAA Division II Lonestar Conference in men’s baseball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, cross country, and tennis.

About the College / Department Position Summary

Primary responsibilities include classroom and clinical teaching. Other duties will include on-going curriculum planning and review; scholarly activity; professional/instructional development; service to the department, college, and university, including committees, assessment, student recruitment, and retention activities; and other related duties as required or assigned. Nursing faculty includes full- and part-time teaching faculty and clinical instructors. The faculty accepts, first and foremost, the responsibility of maintaining high standards of quality nursing education. With the exception of part-time clinical instructors, each nursing faculty member is a member of the University faculty at large, with all the rights, freedoms, privileges, and responsibilities of faculty. School of Nursing ( SON ) faculty are responsible for adhering to regulations in the UAFS Employee Handbook and in the SON Faculty Handbook. The position reports to the SON Executive Director.

Summary of Job Duties

• Attendance and participation in University faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.
• Maintains security and confidentiality of all records and examinations.
• Maintains office hours. Collaborates with student in selection and evaluation of preceptors (when appropriate) to assure successful completion of practicum objectives.
• Participates in the campus wide activities in ways that benefit UAFS, the College of Health Sciences, SON, faculty, and students.
• Develops effective working relationships within the SON, College of Health Sciences, UAFS, and community.
• Participates in professional and community activities for the purpose of bringing education, service, and research findings together for the improvement of health care.
• Consistently participates in scholarly and/or service activities.
• Serves as advisor to the local chapter of the Arkansas Student Nurses Association as appointed.
• Maintains a hard copy or disk copy of all lecture material on file in the SON .
• Promotes the goals, objectives and reputation of the SON with the College of Health Sciences, UAFS and community.
• Participates in continuing education programs to remain current in practice.
• Promotes cohesiveness between faculty and students within the SON .
• Submits goals for the coming year no later than March 1.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Nursing; an Arkansas RN license (or eligibility); experience in medical surgical clinical nursing; and collegiate nursing education or a willingness to learn education strategies to facilitate student success.

License(s)/Certifications Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a doctorate in nursing or related field, and active membership in professional organizations. Finalist may be encouraged to actively pursue a doctorate degree.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Mastery of subject areas related to their professional practice and assignments.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching, and the ability to use technology as a teaching and learning tool, including the use of alternative delivery methods such as online courses (Blackboard preferred).
• Ability to develop of instructional materials including alternative delivery methods.
• Well-developed communication skills
• Strong organization and prioritization skills
• Ability to effectively work with a diverse body of students, staff, and faculty
• Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with a commitment to working within a team

Special Job Dimensions

Applicant must maintain current credentials in their field. Must provide evidence of current CPR certification, immunizations, and TB skin test or chest x-ray on annual basis. Work performed primarily in an office/classroom/clinical setting. Must travel to and from clinical sites. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking, standing for up to 12 hours, bending, reaching turning, listening, observation, and moderate to heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds. Must be physically and emotionally able to complete all job requirements.

Work Schedule

Extended hours occasionally required. Travel may be required.

This is a 9-month position.

Salary Salary and rank commensurate with education and experience. Benefits

Competitive benefits package.

Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Does this position require a background check? Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check
Open Date 04/22/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 22, 2021.

Anticipated start date 08/09/2021 EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial College Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Related Certifications
  2. Unofficial College Transcripts - Additional 1
  3. Additional Document
  4. Proof of Veteran Status
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