Chair, Nurse Practitioner Tracks, School of Nursing


Website Union University

Job Summary: This position is responsible for collaborating with the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs to develop and implement an excellence-driven, Christ-centered, people-focused, and future-directed learning environment for the graduate nurse practitioner students.  The Chair has leadership responsibilities and authority for administration of all aspects of the Nurse Practitioner tracks.

Reports to:  Associate Dean of the Graduate Programs of the School of Nursing

Supervises: Nurse Practitioner Faculty and Students

Essential Job Functions

  1.  Directs all academic programming development and/or concerns through the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs;
  2. Provides counseling to students as needed;
  3. Provides mentoring to nurse practitioner faculty as needed;
  4. Provides a teaching load of 18 workload hours with 12 workload hours of administrative leadership
  5. Coordinates administrative and accreditation requirements for the program including didactic and clinical activities. Monitors compliance with standards of accreditation based on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and other university accrediting agencies and makes the necessary changes to maintain accreditation compliance;
  6. Serves as a leader in encouraging professional development for graduate faculty in the areas of practice, teaching, service, and scholarship;
  7. Engages in intellectual inquiry and facilitates the faculty’s activities in intellectual inquiry within the context of a Christian liberal arts university;
  8. Performs annual performance evaluation for nurse practitioner faculty;
  9. Recommends the selection and hiring of all faculty members and staff to the Dean for School of Nursing as necessary for the Nurse Practitioner Track;
  10. Assigns didactic and clinical courses to be taught within the Nurse Practitioner Track;
  11. Conducts periodic review of admission, progression and retention criteria for the Nurse Practitioner Track’s graduate students;
  12. Submits annual reports where indicated by the department and accrediting agency;
  13. Supports funding initiatives for the Nurse Practitioner Track and graduate students;
  14. Keeps the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs informed of essential program issues, concerns and needs;
  15. Solicits and encourages input and feedback from nurse practitioner faculty regarding program issues, concerns, and needs;
  16. Establishes a professional relationship with association of nurse practitioners
  17. Complies with policies and procedures as outlined in the Union University School of Nursing Faculty Handbook;
  18. Serve as the primary source of information for the status of the Nurse Practitioner Track within the University;
  19. Collaborates with Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in reviewing the Graduate Academic Catalogue for corrections and preparing the Graduate Student Nursing Handbook.
  20. Demonstrates leadership qualities within the profession of Nurse Practitioner by serving as a role model in:
    • Participation on state and national committees
    • Involvement in community service that is supported by the University
    • Mentoring of students and encouraging involvement in professional organizations of nursing and nurse practitioner;
    • Complies with policies and procedures as outlined in the Union University School of Nursing Faculty Handbook.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in nursing and one year of experience as a nurse practitioner is required.  Doctorate degree is preferred.  Preference will be given to applicants with Graduate Nurse Practitioner Education.  Preference also will be given to applicants who are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, and nurse practitioner in the State of Tennessee.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

Physical Requirements

The work performed by this position is of a general office/administrative nature.  It requires the ability to operate a computer, and communicate on the telephone and in writing.  Work performed does require some walking on campus, extended periods of time sitting, and some daily instances of bending, stooping, and carrying items up to 25 pounds.

The above description is not intended to be an “all-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described nor are they intended to be a complete listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job.  Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.  The incumbent in this position is expected to perform other duties as assigned.

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