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Adjunct in the Role of Section Instructor Clinical Nursing Courses
Simmons University

Date Posted Nov. 21, 2018
Title Adjunct in the Role of Section Instructor Clinical Nursing Courses
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Nursing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Adjunct/Clinical Professor
  • Nursing - Practitioner (all categories)

The Simmons School of Nursing is an innovator in healthcare education with nationally recognized faculty members and alumni who are leaders in their fields. The department is seeking creative, energetic and seasoned faculty members to fill roles in their graduate online program. The successful candidate will join a vibrant faculty delivering an online program that uses a robust set of online course delivery tools to supports high-level student engagement through synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
The Section Instructor is the faculty responsible for the success of students taking an online course under their supervision, according to prescribed program objectives and master course syllabi. Each online Section Instructor must be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for the specific course that they are assigned to teach, maintain expertise in the subject area, and support student success. A Section Instructor is required to work with the faculty course lead throughout their teaching experience.
Simmons University is interested in developing long-term relationships with adjunct faculty who have high professional standards, excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and a commitment to providing the finest practitioner-focused education. We are seeking Industry Professionals to share their knowledge and experience with graduate students in nursing.
Section Instructors report to the Course Lead of their assigned course.

About Nursing@Simmons
The Simmons School of Nursing has expanded our campus-based MSN FNP program to include an innovative and dynamic online modality with continued dedication to our mission and high quality education. This program is called Nursing@Simmons.
Nursing@Simmons features a small student-to-faculty ratio with live synchronous instruction providing professor and student interaction through video- conferencing, complimented by high-quality, asynchronous self-paced online content. Included in the program, each student participates in a comprehensive field placement clinical program in or near their own community. Students learn from expert faculty who practice what they teach and gain hands-on experience through clinical placements near their own community. Note: finding clinical placements for students are not part of faculty responsibilities.
Courses meet weekly and/or as scheduled. The face-to-face interactions are blended with technology for an enhanced learning environment. This dynamic program is delivered in a state of art robust and user-friendly learning management system featuring Web 2.0 technology (including interactive classes thru webinars, online discussions and online assignments and grading).

Job Summary
The Section Instructor is responsible for the success of students taking the online course under their supervision, in accordance with program objectives and course syllabi. Each Section Instructor should be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for the specific course that they are assigned to teach, and maintain expertise in the subject area. The Section Instructor will support student success by all means that are necessary, appropriate, and available. The Section Instructor will actively monitor and track individual student progress and provide mediation and direction as needed.
All Nursing@Simmons courses are taught from an approved Master Course. Course Leads together with the academic team and the instructional design team will have determined the course syllabus, assignments and the required text(s) for each course. The Master Course is designed in a delivery format that is student-centered, media-rich and objective-driven. It is geared for reusability and emphasis is placed on consistency of content, scope and rigor, implementation of best practices and outcomes- based learning approaches. The Master Course will be provided to all Section Instructors. Simmons values the disciplinary competency faculty bring to the course and to students through feedback and insight provided. Any course modifications must be discussed with and approved by the appropriate Course Lead prior to implementation.
Section Instructors use their experience and knowledge to help the students meet the master course objectives. Section Instructors have the option to incorporate supplementary materials in their sections such as free online web sources and within weekly announcements. Web based materials and resources can often add richness to a section and are free for the student. It is expected a Section Instructor will spend approximately 8-12 hours a week (depending on course) in this role as follows:

Specific Duties
  • Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned course schedule
  • Assume responsibility for the academic supervision and teaching of the online students registered for the term as outlined by the Course Lead
  • Actively participate in meetings and activities scheduled by the Course Lead to prepare and Section Instructors on course content and weekly course objectives
  • Provide full coverage for all scheduled synchronous sessions/live sessions
  • Participate in and lead asynchronous discussions and didactic sessions, as outlined by the Course Lead
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process, including but not limited to threaded class discussions, outside assignments/projects, research, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Maintain and evaluate records of student's academic and clinical performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the University
  • Consult with students about their clinical performance at midterm and end of semester, or as needed by phone or video conference
  • Maintain all administrative/academic components of the course section, including grading of assignments, exams and appropriate clinical activities
  • Maintain communication, both online and virtual/in person if possible and desired, with Course Lead on a regular basis regarding course and student-related performance, problems and concerns
  • Provide regular, accurate, and timely student-specific assistance, feedback and support to students relative to their performance
  • Respond in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions within one to two business days
  • Foster and encourage an online culture of learning that values mutual responsibility, life-long learning, diversity, and ethics as well as personal and professional development
  • Host office hours for students
  • May serve as tutor or hold study sessions with students
  • May assist in developing standardized exam questions for assigned course(s)

General Qualifications:
  • Currently practicing NP required, FNP highly preferred
  • At least 2+ years clinical and nursing education experience required
  • Graduate level teaching experience required
  • Online teaching exposure/experience preferred
  • Eligible to license as RN in Massachusetts required

Online Instructor Training
Simmons University provides all Section Instructors with tailored training for online and hybrid course delivery models. It is mandatory that all Section Instructors complete the Online Instructor Orientation Course provided by Simmons University prior to starting their first class. The course introduces faculty to the expectations and best instructional practices at Simmons University. The orientation will take approximately 10 to 15 hours to complete with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Simmons University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The University embraces diversity and defines it to include race, gender, gender identify, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.


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