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Academic Program Director of Nursing
About the Position: Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications and nominations for a founding faculty Academic Program Director of Nursing to help launch and direct an innovative new RN-to-BSN program being developed collaboratively with regional associate degree nursing programs and community-based nursing practice partners. This new program will reflect WWU’s Mission statement to serve our state and nation through developing the potential of learners and contributing to the well-being of communities. This is a rare opportunity for a collaborative, dynamic and visionary nursing leader to develop, implement and evaluate a new RN-BSN curriculum grounded in the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education (2008) and informed by the IOM Report on the Future of Nursing (2011) that calls the nation to increase the percentage of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. The curriculum will support the developing potential of working nurses continuing their professional education which in turn will contribute to the well-being of our communities by addressing the critical need for BSN prepared nurses to contribute to a rapidly changing healthcare system.  

The RN-BSN program will become an academic program within the Woodring College of Education, providing rich opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement with other professional programs sharing a commitment to the well-being of individuals, families and communities. The position is a 9-month faculty position with administrative assignment (with summer teaching and administrative stipend probable) at either Associate or Full Professor rank, with tenure granted in the College of Education pending approval from faculty in the academic home. Position responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, and service plus administrative duties. The desired start date for the position is no later than September 17, 2013 and the new program is on track for full implementation in 2013-2014 pending final university and state approvals. 

About the College/Department: Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship and service in a university that is nationally ranked as one of the top among regional universities in the nation. With approximately 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, WA, close to the Cascade Range and the Pacific coast; it is midway between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. WWU was rated one of the best places to work in 2011. It has become a popular city for retirees and has growing/thriving health care opportunities.

The WCE vision statement identifies the college as dedicated to fostering community relationships and a culture of learning that advances knowledge, embraces diversity, and promotes social justice. We welcome applications from diverse applicants.
Position Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will help create a vision for this new program that is grounded in regional needs, developed through academic and practice partnerships, and committed to translational research that enhances the well-being of individuals, families and communities. The curriculum will reflect rigor in the context of relevant societal needs for health care reform and will be grounded in the dimensions of social justice with an emphasis on changing demographics of an aging and increasingly diverse population. Graduates will have opportunities to enhance their expertise in care coordination, palliative/end-of life care, public health, leadership and organizational change that promotes quality care and patient safety.
Required Qualifications:
  • RN Licensure in Washington State at the time of hire
  • Earned doctorate in nursing, public health, human services or related field with at least one graduate degree in nursing (masters or doctorate)
  • Successful university teaching experience
  • Teaching, service and scholarly activity commensurate with general tenure requirements of the college and university
  • Effective leadership and administrative experience in nursing education
  • Ability to effectively recruit, mentor and advise students
  • Demonstrated commitment to and leadership in working effectively with diverse faculty, students and collaborative university and community stakeholders
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Experience and/or familiarity with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation standards and procedures
  • Experience with nursing career pathways including RN-to-BSN education
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in new program development
  • Experience and/or interest in working with minority populations
  • Ability to communicate fluently in two or more languages
  • Palliative/end of life academic interests and/or professional experiences
  • Experience and/or academic interest in public health
Academic Emphasis: Nursing
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please submit your application materials via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at https://jobs.wwu.edu/. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to fully utilize WWU’s online application system. 

Materials may be attached as noted on the EASE application. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application specifically addressing all required qualifications, vita, evidence of effective teaching, a maximum of two scholarly writing samples, and three letters of reference.

Questions about the position can be directed to:        
Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Boland, Chair
(360) 650-4467
Other Information:
Job Posted: 11/28/2012
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 15, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120942
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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