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Samuel Merritt University-Assistant Professor


Position Summary:

This position is 1.0 FTE with expected on-campus/online/hybrid participation in program activities from 3 - 5 days per week or the equivalent thereof. On-campus presence is negotiated with the program Chair/Director on an individual basis. Hybrid and/or online methods of teaching are developed by the faculty as a group consensus and is not determined by individual faculty unless approved by the Lead Faculty and Program Chair/Director. This is a regular, open rank position teaching in our FNP program on our Sacramento campus. In addition to teaching, you will be expected to engage in service and scholarship which is included in your FTE contract. This position is open until filled.

Major Areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:


  • 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.
  • Planning courses, sequencing and scheduling; lecture and/or coordination of guest faculty; composing and administering examinations, grading and conducting competent evaluations.
  • 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 the Program Director of at-risk students or unusual occurrences.
  • Documents student progress on appropriate forms.
  • Other duties as assigned.

DNP Project Chair:

  • Provides guidance and support for the development and implementation of a DNP project consistent with the objectives of the project and DNP project guidelines
  • Manages the DNP project committee to support the student with the development and implementation of their DNP project
  • Mentors students through the completion of their projects
  • Advocates for students through the completion of their projects
  • Responds to student electronic and other communications within 48 hours
  • Meets with students and/or the project committee as needed or requested


  • 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 College of Nursing Faculty meetings
  • Participate in University or School committees as needed
  • Provide service to the profession and the community
  • Participate in University and CoN events as specified in University and CON attendance expectations.
  • Clarify with the student the nursing curriculum and interpretation of programmatic requirements
  • Provide needed information so students can make the best academic decisions for themselves
  • Increase student awareness of educational resources available
  • Discuss student academic progress and progression toward educational goals
  • Refer to other institutional and community support services, where appropriate
  • Forward appropriate student information regarding needs and preferences that could influence policy setting in the CON and enhance the learning environment.


Education & Experience:

  • Earned Doctorate (DNP, PhD, EdD) from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Specialization in area of teaching responsibility
  • Current national certification by either ANCC or AANP in specialty area, if required for practice
  • RN Licensure with the State of California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Recent (within five years) practice experience in area of specialization
  • Documented high quality didactic teaching experience of at least three years
  • Experience in higher education and/or the commitment to gain knowledge and experience in current concepts and techniques of education


  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Read and write clear documents
  • Function effectively as a member of a team and independently


  • Expertise in clinical teaching and in didactic instruction
  • Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person or on the telephone.
  • Receive detailed information through verbal and written communication.
  • Read and write clear documents.
  • Have a strong commitment to the caring science principles and mindfulness based stress reduction practices central to the culture and expected outcomes of the program.
  • 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
  • Ability to adjust other professional commitments to meet varying program scheduling requirements
Salary Range
$64,000.00 - $104,000.00
per Year
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Oakland, CA, 94609, US