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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Nursing

Apply now Job no: 507429
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - College of Nursing
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Nursing

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body in a research-based environment as it responds to the diverse population and educational needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the nation. The College of Nursing has a large on-campus enrollment and a well-developed distance education component, offering three undergraduate tracks (BS, ABSN, and RN-BS), three master’s programs (MSNS, MSNE, CNL), a distance DNP program (FNP, AGNP, PMHNP, PHNL), and a PhD. Philosophies of health equity and social justice are integral to the work of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Nursing.  We are committed to the creation of a University culture that promotes diversity and the spirit of inclusion.

Many of our researchers take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively with the Institute of Applied Life Sciences here at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (


Job Summary

Nursing Tenure Track Faculty

Candidates for full-time, 9-month, tenure-track positions, with the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor are sought. Successful candidates will have a program of research focused on one of three broad areas: innovation and technology for health, including nursing education; psychosocial consequences of health and wellness; or self-management of chronic conditions.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the tenure system faculty engage in all aspects of faculty role including research, teaching, and service. The successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; supervise graduate students; contribute significantly to the advancement of nursing discovery by establishing a vibrant, independent research program; and play an active role in the community and academic service activities in the Colleges of Nursing, the wider University, and the profession.

Faculty will teach the nurses of the future and participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming in the College of Nursing. They will work with the College of Nursing faculty and other departments on campus to promote opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in research and education.


Essential Functions

Teach graduate and undergraduate courses for the College of Nursing-50%

  • Develop and implement course syllabi, learning objectives, assignments, and teaching materials
  • Participate in the evaluation of students, including grading student assignments and providing feedback to students for each course that is taught
  • Teach courses face to face and online within the baccalaureate and graduate programs
  • Collaborate with other faculty in planning, developing, and implementing teaching/learning strategies and curricula
  • Recommend new instructional and educational techniques obtained at professional conferences, user groups, and self-development
  • Serve as an advisor to graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Hold weekly office hours.
  • Contribute to the implementation and success of educational technology, e.g. Online learning platforms, Echo360, Simulation, Exam Soft, Typhon, etc.


  • Engage in an active program of the Scholarship of Discovery as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Provide opportunities for regular engagement with students and faculty on campus as a resource and mentor in your research area
  • Mentor undergraduate honors students, DNP capstone students, and PhD students
  • Seek extramural funding for a program of research consistent with the goals of the College of Nursing


  • Provide service for the achievement of College Goals
  • Participate as an active member of College and University committees including College Faculty Assembly and annual retreats
  • Assist with and represent the College at orientation, registration, and graduation activities for incoming and graduating students
  • Recommend resources and changes according to College needs
  • Participate in the hiring and selection of faculty of the college through attendance at candidate presentations
  • Participate in prospective nursing student recruitment activities
  • Participate in the development, recommendation, implementation of academic curriculum policies/procedures and issue resolution
  • Engage in activities that advance the mission and goals of the College and University


  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • An earned research doctorate in Nursing or related discipline (i.e., PhD, DNSc)
    • MS in Nursing is required if a doctoral degree is in another field
  • Eligibility for Massachusetts RN license.
    • An RN license in Massachusetts is required by time of appointment
  • Possess a minimum of two (2) years full-time experience in nursing, nursing education, or the equivalent, within the last five (5) years and evidence of competence in nursing instruction
  • Evidence of professional development to maintain expertise appropriate to teaching
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship is preferred
  • Experience as nursing faculty including teaching preferred


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to maintain nursing education expertise
  • Ability to communicate effectively with undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, and staff both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to use an online teaching platform and basic IT applications
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines


Work Schedule

Your presence on campus and regular office hours are expected throughout the academic year.


Salary Information

Salary commensurate with education, experience, and certifications.


Special Instructions for Applicants

Applicants should submit a CV, letter of intent outlining how they meet or exceed the minimum qualifications for this position including a statement that discusses past or future contributions to excellence in the areas of research, teaching, outreach, and/or diversity and inclusion. Completed applications received by April 1, 2021, will be given priority consideration. The position may remain open until filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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