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POSITION:  Instructor or Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (Exempt)

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT:  Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Dean, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION:  Abilene


HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU as reflected in the University’s Statement of Faith.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 

SUMMARY/SCOPE: This position participates in a broad range of activities that support the mission, vision, core values and purposes of the school of nursing and its consortium partners. Faculty members at PHSSN are responsible and accountable for ensuring the attainment of the goals, mission and vision of the school of nursing and its consortium partners. Successful performance of this role requires excellent classroom, clinical and professional proficiency, management, leadership, organizational aptitude, and excellent interpersonal communication. In addition, faculty are accountable and responsible for ensuring program compliance with the standards and guidelines set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing and other accrediting agencies. Ultimately, the continued pursuit of academic excellence in all settings is central to this role. This position reports directly to the Graduate Program Chair, unless otherwise specified in supplemental job description.


Maintain current knowledge of prevailing literature and standards in nursing.

Inform the Dean/Program Chair of interested faculty and potential clinical affiliations to prepare for contingencies in faculty appointments and clinical agency experiences.

Follow the organizational chain of command for reporting problems in the School of Nursing.

Participate, as needed, in providing solutions for problems in the School of Nursing.

Utilize aggregate data from the evaluation of curriculum, faculty and student evaluation of teaching-learning practices to inform decisions that facilitate the achievement of student outcomes to foster program improvement.

Respond appropriately to an annual evaluation conference with the Program Chair.

Provide the materials and documents required to accompany a recommendation for promotion at times designated in specific contracts.

Actively participate in screening the school’s library holdings and recommending the most appropriate collection to meet program outcomes.

Engage in appropriate and required faculty development activities that foster achievement of program outcomes.

Maintain a professional affiliation with community partners and other agencies.

Acquaint nursing majors with career opportunities and opportunities for graduate study.

Participate in external and internal recruitment activities for the school of nursing.

Maintain accurate records and documents and submit timely reports. Records/documents include but are not limited to syllabi, grades, and office hours.

Submit all course grades electronically each semester as defined by PHSSN and the parent university.

Devote primary efforts to carrying out contractual responsibilities, as faculty, except during vacation periods and/or excused periods under the terms of your contract.

Schedule, announce, post, and maintain sufficient office hours to allow students time for formal and informal contact that may include but is not limited to advising, mentoring and remediation.

Acquire and demonstrate proficiency in test and curriculum development, item analysis, utilizing blueprints and curriculum mapping.

Maintain an up to date test bank utilizing the TXBON recommendations for alternate formats.

Strive to ensure the highest level of faculty and student morale within the school and maintain harmonious, professional, collegial and productive working relationships among colleagues, both within the school and the consortium institutions at large.

Fulfill all classroom, whether face-to-face or online, and clinical duties essential to the role of faculty, as assigned, by the Dean/Program Chair.

Attend faculty meetings and participate in the process of faculty governance within the school of nursing and consortium institutions.

Participate in committees to which you are assigned by attending regularly and fulfilling assigned responsibilities.

Participate in curriculum and program development.

Utilize evidenced based practice and best practices in the teaching-learning process.

Be conversant with the PHSSN faculty constitution and by-laws to enable active participation and facilitation of school goals and objectives.

Be familiar with the accreditation requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing (TXBON rule 215.7 (c), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Participate in the preparation for and meetings of the Accreditation and Board visits.

Know and uphold the policies in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs, PHSSN Nursing Student Handbook, and PHSSN Faculty & Staff Handbook.

Function within the parameters of conventions, conferences, and constituencies of the consortium institution members.

Participate in the advising, mentoring and remediation of students.

Participate in budget planning process.

Make recommendations regarding equipment, computer labs, technology, software and supplies.

Develop, disseminate, and update syllabus according to program requirements.

Performs other duties as assigned.


There are no supervisor responsibilities, except for PHSSN students.

COMPETENCIES: As a part of a Teaching Philosophy address each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area. 

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Communications: Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.

Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

COMPUTER SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Payroll systems; Order processing systems; Internet software, etc.


The faculty must meet the minimum requirements for employment in the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) and Master’s in Nursing (MSN) program as required by the Texas Board of Nursing (TXBON) [rule 215.7 (c)]; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in the subject areas of teaching responsibility.

Hold an MSN, Post-Master’s Certificate, or DNP as a Family Nurse Practitioner; Doctoral degree preferred.

Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn to use university software and online educational platforms.

Experience in nursing education preferred.


Hold current board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Hold a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice RN – Family Nurse Practitioner in the State of Texas.

Certified Nurse Educator – CNE certification preferred or can obtain after employment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand; walk and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 – 50+ pounds.

The job is sedentary in nature. Must be able to sit for long periods of time while performing office and computer operations.

Must be able to stand and walk during teaching and clinical site visits.

Must be able to make frequent trips across campus to various buildings and offices.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


This position is a full-time exempt position with a teaching load at the Hardin-Simmons University campus and travel may be required for student evaluation/sponsorship and professional development.

A normal 40-hour workweek is required, with infrequent work on evenings or Saturdays.

Must have an maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

Infrequent travel may be required on occasion in order to attend training, clinical sites, etc.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service.  HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.