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Part-Time Nursing Faculty- Masters of Nursing Education

Western Governors University
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Job Type: Part time

Job Number: JR-011443

Location: Home Office

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**This role requires experience teaching 3 or more years in an Academic setting at a MSN level or higher. Please make sure that your resume showcases the Academic level of instruction experience you posses, and the area of focus in your nursing degrees. Unclear information will result in a decline **

Position Summary

The Evaluator is a member of WGU's faculty. The Evaluator is a subject-matter expert and professional individual contributor with level-knowledge within the associated specialization/discipline. Evaluators apply their own subject matter expertise and experience utilizing a rubric created by program and assessment development faculty and applied consistently with WGU, Evaluation Department, and team policies and procedures. The Evaluator crafts personalized, robust feedback to support accurate scoring of student responses and in furtherance of student progress. Work plans and schedules for Evaluators are broadly defined and require the Evaluator to develop specific work plans and schedules to provide accurate and fair evaluations, with helpful (robust & personalized) feedback. Evaluators cooperate within and between teams to meet the department's commitment to students for a quick evaluation as defined by university leadership. An Evaluator may be asked to contribute to the development of functional and organizational content, practices, and objectives to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. Such contributions may involve working with other functions within the Evaluation Department and/or with other departments. High performing, experienced Evaluators coach/mentor team members and assist colleagues. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • The Evaluator's work is situational and highly complex, requiring analysis and evaluation of student responses to assessment task prompts to achieve a secure, valid and reliable determination of competencies for degree programs.  

  • The Evaluator applies university, department, and team policies and procedures in scoring work and crafting helpful, robust, and personalized feedback to support students in developing competency and progressing with their degree program.  

  • On occasion, an experienced Evaluator may be called upon to create and implement methods to improve student success and evaluation processes.  

  • The Evaluator's work is critical to each student's experience and success at WGU.  

  • The Evaluator works individually and collectively, as part of a content-specific team, to meet individual, team, and department objectives to be accurate, fair, helpful, and quick in an environment that is a great place to work.  

  • The Evaluator works effectively and reports worktime accurately, in order to be good stewards of the student's tuition dollars.  

  • The Evaluator may be called on to resolve student concerns or address student inquiries.  

  • With general direction from a manager and course lead, Evaluators are self-managed, taking initiative, and acting independently in completing performance assessment evaluations consistent with standard practices and policies and our commitment to students (i.e., accurate, fair, helpful & quick).  

  • When faced with an unexpected student response, Evaluators are encouraged and expected to collaborate with other evaluators, Course Leads, and supervisors/ managers as needed to make a fair determination of competency.  

  • To be successful, Evaluators must be well connected and coordinated within their team, project teams, and any applicable cross-functional groups.  

  • An experienced Evaluator may be asked to propose or collaborate on new methods and procedures on new or special assignments. 

Knowledge and Abilities  

  • Subject matter expertise and appropriate advanced degree(s)/credential(s) relevant to evaluation content area  

  • Work experience relevant to evaluation content area, strongly preferred  

  • Strong understanding, acceptance, and adherence to the tenets of competency-based education and the split faculty model  

  • Advanced strength in written and oral communication  

  • Demonstrated ability to discern evidence of competency within student submissions, including unexpected forms of response  

  • Demonstrated ability to use technology, adapt quickly to new processes, and manage complex cognitive loads  

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues to ensure validity and reliability of evaluation across multiple raters, including deferring to the guidance of the team, course lead, or supervisor/manager.  

  • Demonstrated ability to properly identify and refer student submissions for escalated care including but not limited to professional communication (i.e., articulation), originality, excellence awards, support in opening student submissions, content assistance, technology support. 

  • Problem-solving skills: Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate. Future-oriented. Assesses what will help or hinder achieving goals. Focuses on what is important.  

  • Interpersonal skills: Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner. Approaches conflict proactively. Solicits and shares feedback openly. Listens with empathy and maintains composure.  

  • Accuracy: Draws on facts collected from a broad knowledge of WGU's goals and processes.  

  • Adaptability: Corrects behaviors and communication styles to meet the needs of a wide range of situations. Tackles obstacles appropriately. Comfortable with ambiguity.  

  • Reliability: Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done. Actions are consistent with words. Follows through on commitments. Exhibits exceptional integrity.  

  • Attitude: Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth. Is self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others. Asserts self appropriately to champion ideas. Tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner.  

  • Initiative: Self-directs with a strong tendency for action. Leads the way to improve performance or processes. Displays keen interest in students and the organization.  

Required Qualifications:

  • An MSN in Nursing Education and a Terminal degree in Nursing Education, a current CNE, and 3+ years experience working in an MSN Program with an Academic Education focus
  • MSN and/or Doctorate in Nursing (but not in nursing education), a current CNE, and 3+ years of experience working in an MSN program with an Academic Education focus
  • An MSN and Terminal degree (at least one having a Nursing Education focus), NO CNE, and 3+ years of experience working in an MSN program with an Academic Education focus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., DNP, EdD) in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a focus on Nursing Education.
  • Certified Nurse Educator Credential for academic nurse educators from the NLN.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in working in Academic Nursing Education in an MSN program, with an Education focus

Working Conditions -This position is located in a home office environment. 29 hours a week, with minimum 4 hours of uninterrupted work sessions, 8 hours to be spent each weekend on either Saturday and/or Sunday, and the occasional holiday.

Disclaimer: This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time. #DEI

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