Program Director, Thelma T. Hodges Nursing Program

Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Hodges University is a private, not-for-profit, regionally accredited university located in southwest Florida and primarily serves working adult students. The Fort Myers Campus boasts a newly renovated state-of-the-art Health Sciences facility that includes smart classrooms, and nursing skills and simulation labs, with diverse high fidelity manikins and equipment.  This technology allows students and faculty to have innovative, leading-edge learning and teaching resources. In addition to the Nursing Programs, The newly renovated School of Health Sciences building houses The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, EMT and Paramedic Programs, and Dental Programs, supporting a culture of interprofessional healthcare educational experiences.

The University is regionally accredited by SACSCOC and approved as a Level III institution offering associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. The BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The BSN Program consists of a night/weekend curriculum designed for completion in 4 consecutive 16-week semesters for a total of 60 credit hours. The Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Florida Department of Nursing and designed for completion in 3 consecutive 16-week semesters for a total of 36 credit hours.

Hodges University is seeking a dedicated and highly motivated candidate to serve as Program Director of the Thelma T. Hodges Nursing Program. The Program Director will serve as the academic unit administrator with the authority and responsibility for the development and administration of the Program to include faculty, curriculum, scheduling of classes, accreditation, and program development. In addition, the Program Director provides leadership in workforce initiatives, meeting student enrollment and retention goals; directing and participating in educational planning; organizing and evaluating the Program; staffing, training, evaluating and supervising full-time and part-time faculty; evaluating student performance; motivating and advising students; generating and responding to requests for Program reports. The Program Director will have sufficient time and resources to fulfill the role’s responsibilities, the program’s educational goals and objectives, and the program’s compliance with specialized programmatic accreditation.

The nursing program enjoys a rich tri-county clinical resource access area for authentic clinical experiences. Community engagement and collaboration are key to the Hodges University mission and values. We are student mindful in supporting their aspirational and educational goals in a professional faculty-student partnership. Nursing faculty participate in (1) teaching undergraduate-level nursing courses, possibly including blended and online courses; (2) participating in broad-based university, college, and departmental committee work; (3) collaboration with colleagues, (4) advising students and (5) supervising students field experiences.

The position will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications

  1. A master's degree with a major in nursing (e.g., MSN, MA in Nursing) and a doctoral degree in another discipline (e.g., EdD, Ph.D., DBA, JD, etc).
  2. Practice experience as a nurse clinician.
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness in campus and online nursing courses.
  4. Evidence of the ability to supervise and collaborate with colleagues in the academic, clinical, and community settings.
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge and compliance with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) standards.
  6. Current and unrestricted professional nurse license issued and/or recognized by the state of Florida.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Sustained membership in professional nursing organizations.
  2. Experience in teaching graduate programs.
  3. Evidence of sustained professional development, professional service, professional scholarship, and advocacy in nursing.
  4. Prior experience as Program Director.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit the following information to

  1. Letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (name, title, address, phone number, email address). The applicant will be notified before references are contacted.
  4. Unofficial college transcripts. Official transcripts will be required upon hiring.

Hodges University

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Live and work in paradise! Hodges University is located in sunny, Ft. Myers, Florida on the southwest Florida Gulf Coast. The region is home to over 1 million year-round residents who take advantage of entertainment options as diverse as shelling on Sanibel Island or Swamp Buggy Racing in Naples, Airboat rides in the Everglades or Art Shows on Fifth Avenue, Fine dining on cuisine from all over the world or fishing for your own fresh catch, world-class golfing or Warm Mineral Springs, the Ferry to Key West or the Edison/Ford Winter estates, and the REVS Institute for Automotive Research and Historical Study or the Rodeo in Arcadia. Our economy is among the more diversified in the state and our region continues to grow.

Hodges University is a dynamic, entrepreneurial institution of higher education that espouses the non-traditional, not just in the students we serve but in the opportunities we leverage. We offer workfworkforce-focusedificates and degrees in areasclinical healthcareiness, Psychology, and Information Technology.  We are the region’s only federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and offer a robust English as a Second Language program – on campus, online, and in satellite locations. All of our learning environments are TEC-enabled, which means, for the majority of classes, students can pick both how and when they go to class – in person, online, or virtual – each time the class meets!

If you’d like to join our dedicated team of professionals focused on thinking critically and creatively to deliver educational programming and support designed to efficiently develop the workforce in Southwest Florida, click here.

Hodges University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or any other protected characteristics under the law in its hiring practices.  All offers of employment conditioned on the successful completion of a background check and in some cases, a drug test.

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