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Truman State University
Missouri, United States
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Nov 15, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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Associate Professor and Coordinator of Accelerated BSN Position in the Department of Nursing

 (Tenured or Tenure eligible) 


Director of the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit 

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

The Nursing Program: The Department of Nursing currently has 7 tenure/tenure-eligible full-time faculty, 1 part-time faculty, 3 temporary full-time faculty, 2 staff members, and approximately 214 students in the major.  The department offers two routes to obtain a BSN degree, a traditional four year BSN program and an accelerated BSN for select students with prior college credit. 

The Greenwood Center:  The former Greenwood Elementary School is a treasured community building in Kirksville.  Originally built in 1935, the school served elementary students in Kirksville for more than six decades. Truman bought the building in 1999 when the Kirksville School District built a new school.  In the fall of 2015, Truman launched a plan to convert the building to an interprofessional center designed to provide in-depth, interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for children with autism or suspected autism as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders. The project has since received strong bipartisan support in the Missouri Assembly, and under three governors.  This comprehensive health services center will be staffed with licensed professionals in addition to supervised graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in health-related, academic programs. The center, scheduled to open in August 2023 will serve as a much-needed practicum site for a number of the health-related programs. It will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to engage in “hands-on” high-impact learning experiences. (


The School of Health Sciences and Education invites applications for one full-time tenure eligible Associate Professor and Accelerated BSN Coordinator position in Nursing to preferably start May 2022. (Start date is negotiable.) 

Responsibilities: This position will include teaching in the accelerated BSN (ABSN) track and possibly the traditional BSN route.  Additionally, this position will include responsibility of serving as coordinator of the ABSN track under the direction of the Department of Nursing Chair. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in nursing and related topics, content and possibly clinical areas, such as medical/surgical, mental health, maternity, public health and/or other areas as needed.  A full-time position includes instruction in classroom and possibly clinical areas.  Scholarly activity and output appropriate to the rank is expected consistent with the teacher-scholar model.  Additional duties include recruitment and retention of students, student advising, mentoring students in research and other experiences, and service to the department, university, and community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in nursing, and two or more years of recent experience as a registered nurse;
  • Experience teaching in a registered nurse program;
  • Holds rank of or eligible for rank of Associate Professor of Nursing at another college/university;
  • Currently licensed in the U.S. as a registered nurse after passing NCLEX-RN®;
  • Eligibility for unrestricted Missouri registered nurse license;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in nursing;
  • Evidence for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates;
  • Evidence of recent scholarship (research, presentations, publications);
  • Strong oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A completed terminal degree in nursing (PhD, DNP) or closely related area;
  • Prior experience in administration of a baccalaureate nursing program;
  • Nursing specialization in adult health, maternity, pediatrics, mental health, or public health nursing;
  • Ability to teach multiple subject/specialty areas within the nursing program;
  • Additional relevant experiences and preparation, including education, consulting, or practice;
  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences, such as undergraduate research, service-learning, practice, and internships; and
  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service.

Completed applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, scholarly activity interests, view on collegiality and its importance in a learning community, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Evidence of demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable);
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (or references) with contact information.

Questions about the Nursing position may be directed to Dr. Brenda Wheeler, Chair, Department of Nursing,



Reporting to the Provost, and holding a 12-month administrative staff appointment, the Director engages in the successful planning, administration coordination, and management of the new Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center on Truman State University’s campus. The Director serves as the primary supervisor and coordinator for all faculty and staff and external collaborative partners associated with the Center and provides the leadership and vision that drives the future growth of the Center.  The Director:

  • Directs the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the Center and its programs
  • Develops the Center’s short and long-term goals and objectives
  • Provides fiscal management oversight, planning, administering, and monitoring program budgets
  • Establishes and administers Center policies and procedures
  • Coordinates academic programming with the ongoing activities treating autism and providing public-facing clinical services
  • Develops partnerships and relationships in the local community and the broader autism community
  • Teaches one course per semester in their area of specialty
  • Completes other duties, as assigned

The Director will have significant autonomy in shaping the mission and direction of the Center as a public-facing facility and further defining its roles as a site for research and training for new and emerging practitioners. 

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders (degree in special education, psychology,  speech-language pathology, applied behavior analysis, or other related field with additional training specific to autism from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)
  • 5 years direct experience with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Experience with clinical supervision of students in area of expertise (psychology, special education, speech-language pathology, applied behavior analysis or other related field)
  • Knowledge of standards of practice in the areas of assessment and intervention with individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Demonstrated competence in leadership, management and supervision, teaming, and business and budget plan development
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple departments within the university, community agencies, public and private schools, and regional service providers in support of the mission of the center
  • Experience working with multiple funding sources/budgets and knowledge of medical billing practices as they relate to revenue
  • Understanding of HIPAA compliance
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D./Ed.D. with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders (degree in special education, psychology,  speech-language pathology, applied behavior analysis, or other related field with additional training specific to autism from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)
  • Active certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Behavioral Analyst-Doctoral®.
  • Experience with grant writing

Questions about the Director position may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Applications:  Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the responsibilities and qualifications for the position, resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references.

Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. 


Applications for both positions may be submitted online at:


Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO  63501

Review of applications will begin December 14, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.


Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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