Who we are: 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 motto is education plus compassion which we proudly demonstrate in the ways that we serve our students, faculty, staff, and in our local communities.
Join a team of dedicated educators: Our faculty are known for their passion for growing the nursing profession. 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. The position combines teaching, scholarship and service. We define teaching as creating environments that facilitate student learning and the attainment of expected outcomes at the course and program levels. Faculty has ownership for the development, implementation, evaluation and revision of the curricula within the School of Nursing which are designed to prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a dynamic health care environment. Service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the University, the nursing profession and the community. Service consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission or strategic priorities of the University, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups among the community of interest or the professional growth of faculty. Scholarship reflects activities resulting in the production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination or creation of works that advance knowledge in nursing.
Position Summary: The Academic Director, Pre-licensure Programs, for the San Mateo campus is a regular ranked faculty member of the School of Nursing responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating academic offerings for the ABSN pre-licensure programs, support faculty, and teaching students in classrooms and/or clinical settings. Supervises the San Mateo campus based ABSN pre-licensure program faculty. The position reports to the Associate dean and may supervise student workers, as necessary.
Major Areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:
Campus Academic Operations
• In collaboration with the Campus Operations Manager and Pre-licensure Clinical Coordinator, create annual planning calendars and course schedules
• Create course schedules each term and submit to Registrar’s office (copies to ABSN Chair; Associate Dean)
• Ensure compliance with university and school of nursing policies and procedures
• Recommend changes in university and school of nursing policies and procedures, as needed
• Author reports (e.g. contribute to Regents reports, newsletters, and accreditation reports)
• Responsible for ABSN budgets for the San Mateo Campus
• Coordinate dates, deadlines, submissions and returns of materials from other departments including, but not limited to, Registrar, Admissions, Bookstore, and Student Affairs
• Support students by communicating library and student services needs/concerns to the appropriate person(s)
• Ensure that individuals are selected for class representative, school of nursing committees, and university-wide committees, as requested
• Responsible for communicating facilities issues to the appropriate person(s)
• Participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the San Mateo Campus
• Collaborate with the HSSC for support for simulation and skills lab activities
• Collaborate with student services and program directors; participate in ABSN information sessions, open houses and similar events to market program; assign other faculty when unable to participate
• Collaborate with program chair/director and faculty in the admission process to ensure cohort classes are filled and a healthy waitlist maintained
• Communicate pertinent information to office of registrar, admissions, and ESS regarding cohort size, start/end dates, and orientation dates
• Coordinate students’ orientation
• Assign students to a faculty advisor
• Ensure academic/psychological/social support for students is available, as needed
• Advocate for dispute resolution prior to escalation to a formal grievance process
• Communicate issues regarding student performance to program administrators on an ongoing basis
• Interface with graduate program directors, as appropriate
• In conjunction with the Manager of Faculty Recruitment and Pre-licensure Clinical Coordinator, identify instructional needs and recruit full time and adjunct faculty for ABSN program for the San Mateo campus
• Collaborate with Pre-licensure Clinical Coordinator to hire and assign courses to adjunct faculty
• In collaboration with the Manager of Faculty Recruitment, coordinate interviews for full time faculty candidates with the San Mateo campus faculty and facilitate additional interviews with Oakland personnel/ search committees, as necessary
• Collaborate with faculty in the assignment of courses, classrooms, and labs
• Facilitate San Mateo campus faculty meetings and communications
• Facilitate San Mateo campus faculty participation in ABSN program faculty meetings and school of nursing faculty meetings
• In conjunction with San Mateo Campus faculty, implement and evaluate the approved ABSN curriculum and all courses; facilitate and communicate San Mateo Campus faculty recommendations for curricular changes as appropriate
• Ensure faculty submit grades, return badges, complete student clinical evaluations, etc. directly after courses completion
Administration of Clinical Sites
• Collaborate with Pre-licensure Clinical Coordinator to evaluate clinical sites and recruit, hire, orient, and evaluate clinical faculty
• Collaborate with Pre-licensure Clinical Coordinator to maintain positive relationships with existing and potential clinical agencies in order to procure and execute clinical placements
• Teaches in area of expertise.
• Creates a dynamic, learner centered environment that uses a variety of teaching methods that support the diverse learning needs of the student population and that are based on educational theory, and evidence-based teaching and clinical practices.
• Models reflective and critical thinking 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.
• Maintains and enhances competence in subjects being taught.
• Confers with colleagues to assure the integrity of the courses across programs and the curriculum as a whole;
• Prepares and reviews written examinations, papers, and student projects; supervises independent study projects as needed, and evaluates learner performance in both the classroom and clinical settings.
• Notifies Course Manager of at-risk students or unusual occurrences.
• Supervises or teaches clinical rotations as needed in acute, community and laboratory settings as well as internship/preceptorship courses.
• Documents student progress on appropriate forms.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Draw on extant literature to design evidence-based teaching and evaluation practices.
• Exhibit a spirit of inquiry about teaching and learning, student development, evaluation methods, and other aspects of the faculty role.
• Demonstrate qualities of a scholar: integrity, courage, perseverance, vitality and creativity.
• Design and implement scholarly activities as agreed upon with his/her evaluator.
• Engage in scholarly activities reflecting dissemination and professional peer review.
• Participate in Faculty Organization meetings
• Participate in School of Nursing Faculty meetings
• Participate in University or School committees as needed
• Provide service to the profession and the community
• Participate in University and SoN events as specified in University and SON attendance expectations.
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements
Education & Experience
• Earned masters required, doctorate in nursing or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning, preferred
• Teaching experience of diverse students at the baccalaureate or higher degree level, preferred
• Rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience
• Unencumbered California registered nurse license or eligible for licensure in California
• Experience working with leadership in healthcare and academic institutions and community organizations, preferred
• Experience with faculty and staff development, preferred
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Read and write clear documents
• Function effectively as a member of a team and independently
• Effective leadership and critical thinking skills
• Excellent organizational and operational skills
• Effective project planning, implementation, and evaluation skills
• Create and sustain a culture of respect, cooperation, and innovation among faculty and students
• Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person or on the telephone
• Receive detailed information through verbal and written communication
• Travel to relevant campuses and meetings, as required
• Model appropriate ethical and professional behaviors, as well as expert communication skills.
• Embrace mission, vision, and values of the program, school of nursing, and university.
• Have a clear vision for aligning the safety and quality with student learning activities .
The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.