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Director of Nursing Program

Adams State University


Title: Director of Nursing Program
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Adams State University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in rural southern Colorado, is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic educator with significant prior leadership experiences to serve as the Nursing Program Director. The successful candidate will provide leadership and oversight of the online RN to BSN program and the traditional BSN program. The Nursing Program Director facilitates and promotes student learning within each of the Nursing programs through sound administrative practices and the creation of an environment that promotes academic rigor, fosters instructional innovation, and provides comprehensive support services to students. The Nursing Program Director works closely with department faculty, staff, and students as well as health care providers, community partners, and other educational programs.


Candidates should demonstrate that they possess (a) a commitment to student-centered instruction, (b) a passion for mentoring and teaching a diverse student population, (c) a commitment to furthering the university’s mission of Inclusive Excellence, (d) the potential to maintain a research record that is commensurate with level of experience, (e) a vision for expanding programs and other initiatives. The successful candidate must have the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students as well as partners within the small, rural community of Alamosa and the greater San Luis Valley. The university offers faculty a mentoring program and professional development opportunities.


The director is responsible for administrative oversight of the department. Responsibilities beyond teaching include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the nursing programs comply with all requirements of both the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the CCNE.
  • Assuming responsibility for faculty and staff evaluation and development.
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with external agencies.
  • Assuming a leadership and coordinative role in curriculum development and evaluation, including the establishment and assessment of student learning outcomes and the use of instructional technologies.
  • Developing and enforcing guidelines pertaining to admission, retention, and recruitment of students.
  • Coordinating, administering, and directing all activities in the development, implementation, and management of the Nursing programs including fiscal planning, grants, and other funding sources.
  • Coordinating the preparation of appropriate licensing board reports and accreditation visits of the Colorado State Board of Nursing and CCNE to maintain full accreditation status.
  • Represents the Nursing program in community collaborations.
  • Recruiting and hiring of faculty.
  • Academic advising, scholarly activities, and service to the university, profession, & community.


The Director of the Nursing Education Program must possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in nursing from a Nursing Education Program with national nursing accreditation.
  • An active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in Colorado; or ability to obtain a Colorado license.
  • Documented knowledge and skills related to teaching adults, teaching methodology, curriculum development, and curriculum evaluation.
  • Two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent, clinical experience as a practicing registered nurse.
  • Two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent, experience in teaching in an approved Nursing Education Program. Such experience must be at or above the level of the Nursing Education Program the individual will be directing.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess/demonstrate:

  • Evidence of valuing equity, treating cultural diversity as assets, and promoting inclusiveness through demonstrated experience with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations, and a track record of working with underserved or underrepresented populations.
  • Doctorate of Nursing degree.
  • Experience with online nursing education.
  • Prior administrative experience.
  • Evidence of a leadership style that includes faculty mentoring, open communication, innovation, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Experience with CCNE accreditation.
  • Evidence of networking ability.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity and potential for continued scholarly growth.


Applicants should submit a detailed letter specifically addressing all points listed in the qualifications section of this announcement as well as highlighting any preferred or additional qualifications. Candidates should also address how they would work in a multi-cultural classroom and university setting and contribute to the mission and vision of ASU. Finally, a complete application must include the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of leadership philosophy and teaching philosophy
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A list of five professional references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers
  • Three current letters of recommendation (at least two must address leadership experience or potential)

Application materials should be submitted electronically to:

      Dr. Benita Brink

Complete applications received prior to May 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.


The complete vacancy announcement can be viewed at


Adams State University


A base faculty salary of $50,000 to $65,000 commensurate with qualifications and academic rank, plus a director stipend of $20,400; an additional stipend of $9,180 for summer director responsibilities; excellent medical/dental and retirement benefits.


208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81101

Contact Information:

Dr. Benita Brink



Date Created: 03/16/17
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Record Number:17501