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Adjunct Faculty - College of Nursing

Samuel Merritt University
Fresno, California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 23, 2024

Job Details

Job Description Summary: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 mission is to prepare highly skilled nurse clinicians and nurse leaders who promote health and well-being across diverse populations and communities, recognize the importance of Social Determinants of Health, and practice with compassion, kindness, and respect.

Join a team of dedicated educators! Our faculty are known for their passion for growing the nursing vocation. 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 and in our surrounding communities. For this reason, the role of faculty is vitally important because of their unmatched position to shape the professional and personal development of graduates. Adjunct faculty are responsible for creating a positive learning environment for students in accordance with the educational objectives of the course and implement the policies identified in the course syllabus to ensure the successful achievement of course objectives.

There are multiple adjunct faculty (Theory, Lab, and Clinical) opportunities available for the Fresno campus. These opportunities are ideal for working nurses who are not seeking full-time teaching positions, but have expertise in disciplines of medical-surgical nursing, critical care, pediatrics, maternity, community health, mental health nursing or simulation and an interest in teaching and student mentorship.
Duties and Responsibilities:

All Assignments
  • Completes the required orientation for adjunct faculty.

  • Creates a dynamic, learner-centered environment that supports the diverse learning needs of the student population based on educational theory and evidence-based teaching practices.

  • Apprises students of their progress in the course at the mid-term point, as defined in the syllabus, and for those who are not meeting expectations, establishes a mutual learning plan to achieve stated goals.

  • Notifies the program director/chair (and course manager if relevant) of at-risk students as soon as identified and at least weekly thereafter.

  • Participates in program and course faculty meetings as needed.

  • Meets with program faculty to review the course and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Refers students to appropriate learning and support resources.

Teaching (Theory)
  • Prepares and conducts effective classroom/hybrid learning activities congruent with the course objectives.

  • Plans learning experiences that are appropriate to the level of the student

  • Organizes and maintains the Canvas course.

  • Responds to student electronic and telephone communications within 48 hours.

  • Prepares and reviews written examinations, papers, and student projects and evaluates learner performance in the classroom.

  • Meets with students as requested outside of class to provide learning support

  • Submits attendance at the start of course Teaching (Clinical).

  • Meets with course manager prior to the first day of clinical to review clinical and course requirements.

  • Completes an appropriate clinical orientation to the site/s (if necessary) where the faculty member will be overseeing students; maintains and enhances competence in the clinical area of teaching.

  • Models reflective and critical thinking in the lab/clinical environment 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.

  • Reviews written assignments and provides appropriate, timely, written feedback; documents student progress on appropriate forms and if necessary, pro

  • vides a learning plan for the attainment of objectives.

  • Submits the students’ final clinical evaluations for filing as instructed as well as final grades.

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Experience
  • Masters and/or doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.

  • Experience teaching diverse students at the baccalaureate or higher degree level.

  • Unencumbered California registered nurse license or eligible for licensure in California.

  • Demonstrated current competence in theory or clinical area at the level of the student being taught.

  • Experience working with leadership in healthcare and academic institutions and community organizations.

​Skills & Abilities
  • Function effectively independently and as a member of a team.

  • Communicate using e-mail, word documents, and web-based programs.

  • Express and exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person, or over the phone.

  • Receive detailed information through verbal and written communication.

  • Read and write clearly.

  • Model appropriate ethical and professional behaviors.

  • Embrace mission, vision, and values of the program, school of nursing, and university.

  • Have a clear vision for aligning safety and quality with student learning activities.

Employee Status:Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Exemption Status:United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:Part time
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Pay Range:

Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.


 Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is a private university focused on health sciences with its main campus in Oakland, California, and other facilities in Sacramento, San Mateo and Fresno.

SMU is an integral part of patient care in Northern California. We’re one of the largest educators of registered nurses in California, and many of the physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians who provide care in the region are graduates of our programs. 

SMU began as a credential nursing program with Oakland's Samuel Merritt Hospital. Today, more than 110 years later, it offers nursing programs and advanced degrees for occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians.

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