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Nursing Department Chair

Posted: April 3, 2019

Title:                   Nursing Department Chair
Department:   College of Health Sciences/Nursing Department
Supervisor:     Dean, College of Health Sciences
Category:        Faculty, Tenure-track, with Administrative Duties
Status/Type:  Full-time (11-month) / Professional / Administrative / Exempt

Position Summary: The Nursing Department Chair serves as a member of the faculty (rank commensurate with experience) who also holds an administrative appointment related to leading and managing the undergraduate nursing program. The Nursing Department Chair provides effective leadership for the program, students, faculty, and staff in the areas of, but not limited to, internal and external communication, program assessment, assessment of student learning congruent with departmental assess plans, unit-level strategic planning, monitoring and leading professional accreditation, curriculum development, fiscal management, and faculty evaluation. Congruent with the expectations for full-time faculty, the Nursing Department Chair teaches undergraduate courses, develops learning outcomes, assesses student learning, advises students, and serves on both departmental and university committees.

Required Qualifications:

1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (required by the State of Michigan)
2. Minimum of a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing or related field
3. Earned Doctoral Degree in Nursing or related field, candidates willing to earn the doctoral degree will be considered.
4. Unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the State of Michigan, candidates eligible to obtain a Michigan RN license will be considered.
5. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in clinical nursing practice.
6. Minimum of four (4) years of experience teaching in higher education.
7. Experience working through an academic accreditation process.
8. Experience in curriculum development, didactic and /or clinical experience.
9. Administrative experience is highly desirable.
10. Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills.
11. Current knowledge and skill in the use of information and computer technology (e.g., word processing, e-mail, database) or proven ability to learn these skills.
12. Must demonstrate a commitment to the profession of nursing and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff as well as with college administrators, alumni, and the community.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Earned Doctoral Degree in Nursing or related field.
2. Nursing practice experience in acute care settings preferred.
3. Teaching experience in an accredited BSN program preferred, online teaching experience a plus.
4. Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation, and outcomes assessment.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Provide effective leadership for the nursing program including, but not limited to, responsibility for communication, program assessment, unit-level strategic planning, fiscal management, faculty development, and faculty/staff evaluation.
2. Ensure that the program meets the requirements for CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accreditation and the Michigan State Board of Nursing standards. Completes necessary reports when required.
3. Ensure that the program is in compliance with the philosophy, purposes, and objectives of the college and the administrative unit.
4. Develop working relationships with the community that could contribute to and support the curriculum.
5. Lead the development, evaluation, and revision of the program curriculum.
6. Teach an average of 2 courses per semester in area of expertise.
7. Advise students throughout the Nursing curriculum and in preparation for entry-level nursing practice.
8. Participate on university and departmental committees.
9. Maintain an active Advisory Committee made up of various community and professional members.
10. Assist the Dean of the College of Health Sciences in maintaining enrollment within the program.
11. Work collegially and professionally with students, employees, and external constituents.
12. Demonstrate support for and engagement with Finlandia’s strategic vision to become more fully a whole learning community accompanying the whole student toward a whole life.
13. Other tasks and duties as assigned by the academic leadership.

Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2019








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Application Procedure:

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Fredi de Yampert, PhD, RN
Vice President Academic Affairs; Dean, College of Health Sciences
Finlandia University
601 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930