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Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing

Posted: 09/14/2020

Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 
Enrolling more than 5,100 students, BSU offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
BSU’s Nursing Program is an established and fully accredited nursing program with a 30-year history of providing baccalaureate-educated nurses to the region. The Program’s mission is to engage in scholarship that supports the development of critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and innovative leaders in care delivery; to teach and support professionalism and professional values in the care of individuals and populations across diverse cultures, ages and environments; and to educate the baccalaureate nurse generalist for a future that includes lifelong learning and professional practice. The Program is focused on mentoring students on their educational journeys and through their career planning processes, providing the support and resources necessary for students to achieve their goals. 
BSU’s Nursing Program offers two tracks to complete the baccalaureate degree — a four-year track for students just beginning their education and a two-year track for students who are licensed Registered Nurses with an associate degree or diploma.  The focus of the Program is to give students broad, practical experiences along with the deep, technical education required of a nurse. The Program applies a student-centered approach that mentors students throughout their educational journeys.  With its proximity to the region’s American Indian population, BSU has a unique opportunity to develop nurses with cultural awareness. The program includes cultural-care coursework aimed at producing practitioners attuned to a variety of patients and their diverse needs.
The Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing will have the opportunity to:

  • Teach courses in the prelicensure nursing program and possibly the hybrid RN-BS completion program. The hybrid program includes online and possible occasional travel to distance campuses (3 times/semester). 
  • Teach courses that include, but are not limited to, general on-campus classroom, lab/simulation nursing classes in the state-of-the-art lab, and on-site clinical nursing courses. Some possible content areas include professional nursing, evidence-based nursing practice, nursing research, community health nursing, nursing leadership and management, maternal newborn, child adolescent, family, adult, and geriatric nursing.  
  • Contribute to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Provide interdisciplinary involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.
  • Contribute to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the Department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities. 
  • Assist with programmatic accreditation.
To succeed in this role, the Department requires an applicant who has:
  • Obtained a Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment.
  • Recent nursing practice OR clinical teaching experience.
  • Minnesota RN licensure or is eligible for licensure.
  • Demonstrated the background study requirements according to Minnesota Statutes and clinical facilities’ requirements.
  • A strong desire to interact with students on campus in a faculty/advisor role.
The Department prefers an applicant who has:
  • Obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, or PhD in nursing or an associated health care, leadership, or education field.
  • Experience teaching in baccalaureate nursing education.
  • Nursing experience in practice OR clinical teaching experience in an acute care setting within the last five years.
  • Experience with use of simulation in prelicensure nursing education.
  • The ability to design and deliver online courses using Desire to Learn (D2L) or similar software.
  • Evidence of successful quality teaching and demonstrated experience with assessing student learning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in working with diverse cultures and populations, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of these required and preferred qualifications.
Other Considerations:
  • All applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
  • Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
  • Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) which can be found at
  • In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState's vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
  • BSU and NTC are tobacco free workplaces (see policy)
A complete application will include the following attachments:
  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Teaching statement documenting teaching experience and success and demonstrated interest in the teaching-learning process.
BSU Nursing Department
Dr. Carolyn Townsend, Associate Professor
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at

CLOSING DATE:  October 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 17, 2021