Program Director - Undergraduate Nursing

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Program Director - Undergraduate Nursing

School of Nursing

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Full Time

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Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty, and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence. Our vision is that NKU will be nationally recognized for being a student-ready, regionally engaged university that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. We will do this while promoting a culture of excellence, acting with integrity, fostering a community of belonging, working with creativity and innovation, and maintaining a climate of collegiality. In your role, you will be expected to ensure that students who interact with you have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution.

Purpose of Position

The undergraduate program director ( UPD ) is a full-time 12 -month faculty member that serves as the primary nurse administrator of the Grant County, Kentucky campus.

Primary Responsibilities

• Serve as a point of administrative contact for undergraduate students enrolled in the program at Grant County, Kentucky.
• Communicate relevant matters to the program faculty or its committees as needed; inform the faculty of university policies, deadlines, and programs as appropriate; and forward recommendations, nominations, and other information from the faculty to the appropriate university administrators.
• Implement relevant policies of the University, college, department, and degree program.
• Provide periodic reports on the program and data to the school director, associate school director, dean and others as needed.
• Develop and maintain materials related to program accreditations and re- accreditations.
• Carry out additional program-related responsibilities as specified by the school director or dean.
• Develops the fall, spring, and summer course schedules in consultation with Associate School Director and Clinical Director.
• Assigns faculty workload each semester in consultation with Associate School Director and Clinical Director.
• Accountable for conflict resolution with faculty.
• Accountable for conflict resolution with students
• Conducts annual performance evaluations for undergraduate nursing faculty in conjunction with Undergraduate Associate School Director.
• Provides regular updates at the School of Nursing meeting or BSN meeting
• Works with the School Director/Associate School Director to determine the revenues and expenditures in the school budget

• Ensure that all promotional materials (print and web) are current.
• Respond to inquiries from prospective applicants.
• Attend recruitment events as needed.

• Participate actively in admissions to program as appropriate.
• Participate in new student orientation and welcome events.

Curriculum/Program Assessment
• Serve on Curriculum oversight and Program Evaluation Committee ( COPE )
• Responsible for entering assessment reports in Weave
• Ensure that program descriptions on the department web site, catalog, and other printed materials are current and accurate.
• Recommend and initiate program changes based on needs within the community and/or field.
• Coordinate program development and curriculum revision.
• Assess faculty, course, and field/clinical experience needs based on enrollment.

• Monitor time to degree.
• Develop, revise, and enforce program’s policies and procedures in collaboration with Associate School Director and BSN Program Director, main campus.
• Keep program information – policies and curricular information – current on the website and in a program handbook.
• Ensure that student, alumni, and employer surveys are conducted on a regular basis as part of program assessment.
• Ensure new faculty are oriented relative to their position and responsibilities in the program.
• Recruit, hire and train part-time instructors as needed in collaboration with the school directors or associate directors.
• Serve on nursing advisory board

Clinical administration
• Serve on Curriculum oversight and Program Evaluation Committee ( COPE )
• Collaborate with the Simulation Educators to develop appropriate “on campus” (simulation) clinical experiences for all clinical courses
• Revise the clinical curriculum in conjunction with main campus based on program evaluation data; student, faculty, and facility feedback
• Conduct various SoTL projects to study the effectiveness of the clinical curriculum
• Analyze annual survey data (employer, graduate, exit surveys)
• Establish clinical sites, create clinical affiliation agreements as needed in conjunction with compliance and legal
• make clinical site visits
• hire clinical faculty
• Assist clinical faculty with development of student action plans when necessary
• Review clinical faculty evaluations and complete annual performance evaluations
• Ensure student requirements for each facility are up to date
• Serve as the liaison between the practice partners and the BSN program
• Utilize CCPS to secure clinical placements for the AY
• Secure/organize observation experiences as necessary (ie: OR observations)
• Review clinical site evaluations (which are completed by students). Report data to COPE
• Work with BSN Academic Assistant to develop clinical tracks each semester
• Place students in appropriate clinical groups
• Post clinical groups for students each semester
• Work with Academic Assistant to ensure students are placed in appropriate clinical groups (ie: student athletes)
• Work with Main Campus Clinical Director for clinical make-up, clinical faculty orientation and mentoring

Mentoring & Promotion of Scholarship
• Serve as a resource for academic advising.
• Oversee the procedure for students to apply for appropriate certification and/or licensure in the discipline as needed.
• Provide information regarding internships/practicums/clinical placements.

• Participates in teaching one course per semester/teaching didactic courses or labs as needed
• Participates in scholarship according to specialty and interests, as able
• Participates in University and community service as available, where applicable


• Must meet SACSCOC requirements as academically qualified in the field as stated in SACSCOC 3.4.11. “For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration (Academic program coordination).”

• Doctorate or master’s degree in nursing or related field focused in nursing education or the teaching discipline

• Leadership and/or management experience.

· Preferred 5 years in higher education

• Certified and licensed in the appropriate discipline as appropriate.

Minimum Education

Preferred Education

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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. References
  5. Vision Statement for Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education
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