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Assistant or Associate Professor of Nursing

Posted: 06/13/2022

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.  Centered between the three largest Tribal nations in Minnesota – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth – BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with American Indian communities to become a destination university.

Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and nine 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 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.
 
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.
  • Advance your education while working as a Nursing department faculty member!  The Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) master agreement allows faculty members to enroll in courses at any university in the Minnesota State System without payment of tuition or fees (except laboratory and special course fees).  Up to thirty (30) credits per year are allowed.  In addition, a faculty member’s spouse/domestic partner, or dependent children may share this right within the credit limit, but with waiver of tuition only.
 Minimum qualifications for this position include:
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institution at the start of employment.
  • Recent nursing practice OR clinical teaching experience.
  • Unencumbered Minnesota RN licensure at the start of employment.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with diverse cultures and populations in a clinical and/or educational setting, including nontraditional and underrepresented students.

Preferred qualifications include:
  • 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 care of the family in the acute care setting.
  • 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.
   
If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Pakonen at melanie.pakonen@bemidjistate.edu