Instructor or Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner


Website Hardin-Simmons UNiversity

POSITION:  Instructor or Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (Exempt)

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT:  Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Chair of MSN Program, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION:  Abilene

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 

SUMMARY/SCOPE: This position participates in a broad range of activities that support the mission, vision, core values and purposes of the school of nursing and its consortium partners. Faculty members at PHSSN are responsible and accountable for ensuring the attainment of the goals, mission and vision of the school of nursing and its consortium partners. Successful performance of this role requires excellent classroom, clinical and professional proficiency, management, leadership, organizational aptitude, and excellent interpersonal communication. In addition, faculty are accountable and responsible for ensuring program compliance with the standards and guidelines set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing and other accrediting agencies. Ultimately, the continued pursuit of academic excellence in all settings is central to this role. This position reports directly to the Graduate Program Chair, unless otherwise specified in supplemental job description.


Maintain current knowledge of prevailing literature and standards in nursing.

Inform the Dean/Program Chair of interested faculty and potential clinical affiliations to prepare for contingencies in faculty appointments and clinical agency experiences.

Follow the organizational chain of command for reporting problems in the School of Nursing.

Participate, as needed, in providing solutions for problems in the School of Nursing.

Utilize aggregate data from the evaluation of curriculum, faculty and student evaluation of teaching-learning practices to inform decisions that facilitate the achievement of student outcomes to foster program improvement.

Respond appropriately to an annual evaluation conference with the Program Chair.

Provide the materials and documents required to accompany a recommendation for promotion at times designated in specific contracts.

Actively participate in screening the school’s library holdings and recommending the most appropriate collection to meet program outcomes.

Engage in appropriate and required faculty development activities that foster achievement of program outcomes.

Maintain a professional affiliation with community partners and other agencies.

Acquaint nursing majors with career opportunities and opportunities for graduate study.

Participate in external and internal recruitment activities for the school of nursing.

Maintain accurate records and documents and submit timely reports. Records/documents include but are not limited to syllabi, grades, and office hours.

Submit all course grades electronically each semester as defined by PHSSN and the parent university.

Devote primary efforts to carrying out contractual responsibilities, as faculty, except during vacation periods and/or excused periods under the terms of your contract.

Schedule, announce, post, and maintain sufficient office hours to allow students time for formal and informal contact that may include but is not limited to advising, mentoring and remediation.

Acquire and demonstrate proficiency in test and curriculum development, item analysis, utilizing blueprints and curriculum mapping.

Maintain an up to date test bank utilizing the TXBON recommendations for alternate formats.

Strive to ensure the highest level of faculty and student morale within the school and maintain harmonious, professional, collegial and productive working relationships among colleagues, both within the school and the consortium institutions at large.

Fulfill all classroom, whether face-to-face or online, and clinical duties essential to the role of faculty, as assigned, by the Dean/Program Chair.

Attend faculty meetings and participate in the process of faculty governance within the school of nursing and consortium institutions.

Participate in committees to which you are assigned by attending regularly and fulfilling assigned responsibilities.

Participate in curriculum and program development.

Utilize evidenced based practice and best practices in the teaching-learning process.

Be conversant with the PHSSN faculty constitution and by-laws to enable active participation and facilitation of school goals and objectives.

Be familiar with the accreditation requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing (TXBON rule 215.7 (c), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Participate in the preparation for and meetings of the Accreditation and Board visits.

Know and uphold the policies in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs, PHSSN Nursing Student Handbook, and PHSSN Faculty & Staff Handbook.

Function within the parameters of conventions, conferences, and constituencies of the consortium institution members.

Participate in the advising, mentoring and remediation of students.

Participate in budget planning process.

Make recommendations regarding equipment, computer labs, technology, software and supplies.

Develop, disseminate, and update syllabus according to program requirements.

Performs other duties as assigned.


The faculty must meet the minimum requirements for employment in the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) and Master’s in Nursing (MSN) program as required by the Texas Board of Nursing (TXBON) [rule 215.7 (c)]; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in the subject areas of teaching responsibility.

Hold an MSN, Post-Master’s Certificate, or DNP as a Family Nurse Practitioner; Doctoral degree preferred.

Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn to use university software and online educational platforms.

Experience in nursing education preferred.


Hold current board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Hold a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice RN – Family Nurse Practitioner in the State of Texas.

Certified Nurse Educator – CNE certification preferred or can obtain after employment.

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