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Clinical Assistant / Associate / Full Professor - College of Nursing

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - College of Nursing
Union: MSP
Categories: 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.


About the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we are looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, those who have paused their careers for family or pandemic reasons, or who spent time outside of academia. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship, and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.

UMass Amherst is a leader in providing institutional support for faculty to combine work and family/personal responsibilities and was listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”. UMass is in the top 10% of public research-intensive universities in the COACHE survey for making having and raising children compatible with the tenure-track. For more information on work-life balance at UMass Amherst, see

The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels to practice in a wide variety of healthcare settings and develops nursing leaders and researchers to educate future generations. Our faculty members draw on their advanced clinical skills and innovative research in their teaching to prepare students for their careers by using state-of-the-art technology and techniques.  In Fall 2022 enrollment included 363 undergraduate and 195 graduate students. The College is committed to the inclusion of social determinants of health and social justice in our service, teaching, and scholarship.


Job Summary

The Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor for the College of Nursing will report directly to the Associate Dean. With expertise in; Medical Surgical Nursing, Health Assessment, Pediatric Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, his clinical faculty member will 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 education.

Individuals will be considered in all areas of clinical expertise and scholarship in nursing, but the department will apply special consideration for those mentioned above.

This position requires a dynamic response to a constantly changing work environment. Advising and teaching responsibilities frequently compete for priority requiring flexibility and adaptability. This position requires the abilities of a very qualified educator with broad nursing faculty experience in clinical areas and levels of complexity including substantial expertise in teaching.


Essential Functions

  • Teach Clinical Courses for the College of Nursing (TEACHING):
    • Teaching the clinical courses necessary each semester during the academic year for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • Developing and preparation of course syllabi, learning objectives, assignments, correcting student assignments and providing student feedback for each course that is taught.
    • Teaching in the simulation laboratories as needed.
    • Select learning experiences and guide students in achieving desired outcomes.
    • Participate in the evaluation process of students.
    • Creating teaching materials to be used.
    • Teaching courses within the baccalaureate and graduate programs as needed.
    • Collaborating with other faculty in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating teaching/learning strategies and curricula [244 CMR 6.04(4)(a)].
    • Recommend new instructional and education research techniques obtained at professional simulation conferences, user groups, and self-development.
    • Faculty guidance and advisement of students.
    • Available to students for advising during 3 posted office hours per week (5 hours during registration periods) and additional hours by appointment.
  • Provide service for the Achievement of College Goals:
    • Participation as an active member of various College committees as well as College Faculty Assembly and annual retreats as well as participation in the systematic evaluation of the undergraduate nursing program (244 CMR 6.04(1)(e)].
    • Assisting with and representing the College at orientation, registration and graduation activities for incoming and graduating students.
    • Initiating recommendations for additional resources and changes according to College needs.
    • Participation in the hiring and selection of faculty of the college through attendance at candidate presentations.
    • Participating in prospective nursing student recruitment activities.
    • Participating in the development, recommendation, implementation, and evaluation of academic baccalaureate curriculum policies/procedures and issue resolution [244 CMR 6.04(1)(d)].
    • Engage in activities that advance the mission and goals of the College and University.
  • Scholarship:
    • Engage in an active program of research/scholarship.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • An earned Doctoral degree in Nursing required, with an advanced practice certification preferred [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(3)].
  • Massachusetts RN license is required by time of appointment and must be maintained in good standing [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(1)].
  • National certification as Nurse Educator is preferred.
  • Possess a minimum of two years full-time experience in nursing, or its equivalent, within the last five years and evidence of clinical competence in the area of clinical instruction [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(4)].
  • Experience as nursing faculty including teaching in a clinical and skills laboratory environment is preferred within the past 2-3 years.
  • Ability to maintain clinical nursing practice and academic expertise appropriate to teaching responsibilities [244 CMR 6.04(2)(b)(5)].
  • 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

  • May include some nights and weekends.
  • An office will be assigned in either the Amherst or Springfield location.
  • Office accommodation and equipment will be provided.


Salary Information

  • Salary commensurate with education, experience, and certifications along with an administrative stipend will be provided.
  • Travel to clinical sites outside of the normal work schedule is reimbursable but commuting travel on regular workdays is not an expense reimbursable by the University. Parking at a secondary office location is reimbursable if an annual parking pass is purchased for the first location.


Additional Details

  • This appointment will initially include a teaching assignment of up to 67% effort, along with 23% scholarship and 10% service. Candidates will be expected to teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses in our curriculum in relevant Nursing courses.
  • Must maintain professional development annually.
  • Participation in the Annual Faculty Reporting process is required.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an internationally recognized scholarly presence.
  • The steps of the process are as follows:
    1. A minimally qualified pool is identified from the applicants.
    2. Minimally qualified candidate submissions are evaluated, and those moving forward will receive a brief preliminary interview via video conference. 
    3. For candidates advancing to the next level, references will be contacted, and candidates will have an opportunity to submit 1 or 2 representative scholarly works.
    4. Candidates advancing beyond this point will be invited to interview on campus.


Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit the following materials addressed to “College of Nursing Search Committee.” Applications will be reviewed starting on October 15, 2023, and the review process will continue until the search is completed. All files must be provided in .pdf format.

  1. A cover letter addressed to “College of Nursing Search Committee”. The cover letter should a) introduce yourself, b) briefly describe your clinical/teaching/scholarship interests, and c) describe your vision for this position. Page limit: 2 pages
  2. A teaching statement. Candidates should describe their past teaching experience and express their teaching vision for this position. Statements will be evaluated based on the assessment of demonstrated excellence or demonstrated promise of future excellence.  Page limit: 2 pages
  3. A statement of vision for the candidate’s role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should list past and planned future actions to support the diversity mission of the College of Nursing and UMass. Page limit: 2 pages
  4. A current curriculum vitae. The CV should be ordered as follows: 1) education, 2) employment, 3) awards and honors, 4) sponsored research (if any), 5) peer-reviewed publications, 6) service, and 7) other sections as considered appropriate by the candidate.
  5. Contact information, (name, title, email address, institution) for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted until the third phase of the search.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

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