Assistant Professor of Nursing
Truman State University - Kirksville, MO

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The School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University is seeking applicants for one full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position in Nursing to start August 11, 2014. The position is expected to start at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Responsibilities:
Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in nursing and related topics, content and clinical areas, such as medical/surgical, adult health, and/or other areas as needed. A full-time position includes instruction in both classroom and clinical areas. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to the rank is expected consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Additional duties include advising, mentoring students in research and other experiences, and service to the university and community.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in nursing, and two or more years of recent experience as a registered nurse;
  • Currently licensed in the US as a registered nurse after passing NCLEX-RNĀ®;
  • Eligibility for unrestricted Missouri registered nurse license;
  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in nursing;
  • Strong oral, written, 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 or a closely related area;
  • Nursing specialization in medical/surgical or adult health nursing;
  • In the absence of a candidate with specialization in medical/surgical or adult health nursing, other specialties will be considered depending on the needs of the department;
  • Ability to teach other related courses within the department;
  • Additional relevant experiences and preparation, including education, consulting, or practice;
  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates;
  • 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.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education; benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. [Awarding of tenure and promotion to Associate and Full Professor is based on success as a teacher-scholar; a departmental policy on Promotion and Tenure is available upon request.]

Program: The Department of Nursing has 8 full-time faculty, 4 part-time faculty, several adjunct faculty, and approximately 175-200 students in the major program. The department offers a traditional four year BSN program and an accelerated (second baccalaureate degree) BSN program. For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit http://www.truman.edu/

The University: As a vibrant community of teacher-scholars involved with a highly-selective student body, Truman is a residential university providing approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and study in 48 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Truman's students are well-prepared academically. Most have leadership experience and over 45 percent will enter graduate or professional education within a year of graduation. Over 20 percent of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects, including participation in the annual undergraduate research conference.

Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of educational opportunities that it offers to students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. Truman, Missouri's only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the 17th year in a row as the Number 1 public university in the Midwest Regional category. The Washington Monthly ranks Truman as the Number 3 Masters' University in the United States, reporting that, "Truman State is unusually successful in not just graduating students but also preparing them to make lasting contributions to society, [for] much less than the private institutions that are similarly ranked."

The Community: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and low cost of living. Within a few minutes' drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air ( www.flycapeair.com ). Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from Kirksville to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. A. T. Still University offers dental and medical schools in Kirksville. More information about Truman State University can be found at http://www.truman.edu .

Application: The application process is coordinated by the Department of Nursing. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu . Completed applications must include:
  • 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;
  • Copy of active registered nurse license;
  • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • Three recent signed letters of recommendation [or references] with contact information.
Letters of recommendation can be emailed to spowelso@truman.edu with a subject heading of "Nursing Search 2014". Review of applications will begin January 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Stephanie Powelson, Chair, Department of Nursing, spowelso@truman.edu

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;
women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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