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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing Online Faculty Position

Statement of Duties and Responsibilities


Online faculty share the on-ground faculty commitment to learning, teaching, interaction with students and faculty, scholarship, and service to our university and communities of interest. Online faculty create a rewarding online learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students by establishing and maintaining effective relationships that enhance learner engagement, satisfaction, retention and success. Online faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as any program accreditation standards. Online faculty also provide a variety of educational services related to effectiveness and excellence in teaching and student retention. Online faculty follow university and college guidelines, processes, and methods and are responsive to mentoring and coaching. The College values the capabilities and talents of all its faculty and expects continued learning and development through participation in scholarly activities and/or practice in the discipline. All faculty are responsible for effective participation and interest in the total affairs of the college, including rapid pedagogical and other academic process changes as driven by environmental conditions. 

Primary responsibilities of online faculty include

Teaching and Advising, Scholarship and Professional Activities, and Service

Each faculty member will have a workload based upon her/his expertise, the needs of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, and the collective bargaining agreement. The following are examples of the accountabilities expected for faculty in their primary areas of responsibility

Essential Duties:

Course Participation:

  • Provides expertise in subject matter; builds an online community conducive to the spirit of learning
  • Facilitates course discussions ensuring active participation among learners
  • Assesses learner assignments and engagement
  • Provides timely appropriate feedback, coaches and reinforces effective critical thinking
  • Reports at risk learners to appropriate college staff
  • Encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms
  • Provides innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective
  • Adheres to quality standards and defines quality at course level in line with departmental and university norms
  • Adheres to college standards for regular and predictable communication with students, for example online office hours, regular online chats, individual appointments 

Curriculum Development:

  • Integrating adult learning theory and practices, designs and develops courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities and evaluation tools
  • Ensures sensitivity to race, gender and disability in curriculum design, course content and study materials
  • Engages in systematic program evaluation initiatives (CQI)

Student Advising:

  • Advises a caseload of students per college processes
  • Makes a positive impact on learner satisfaction
  • Engages in college and campus initiatives to ensure retention and persistence to timely degree completion 

Scholarship and Professional Activities:

  • Participates in scholarly and professional activities in the field of nursing and nursing education including but not limited to: professional development in online education pedagogy, clinical practice role; discipline related research or other scholarly work, as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations; leadership contributions in nursing professional associations or other relevant associations
  • Actively participates in appropriate college and university committees
  • Actively participates in faculty meetings, college and university-sponsored faculty development offerings, and other events as required. 

Governance and Faculty Committees: 


Education and Licensure:

  • A DNP or PhD or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required
  • A Master of Science in Nursing or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required
  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Massachusetts or eligible for licensure 



  • Minimum of three years or its equivalent, of online higher education teaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience in design, development and improvement of curriculum and assessments in the online environment
  • Demonstrated experience of an understanding of the specific needs of the non-traditional adult learner and a commitment to meeting the expectations and requirements of a diversity of learners
  • Demonstrated experience with learning management systems, Blackboard preferred
  • Demonstrated relevant practice experience in the field of nursing
  • Demonstrated scholarly and professional activities in the field of nursing - practitioner experience; and/or demonstrated capability of doing research or other scholarly work, evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations; leadership contributions in nursing or other relevant professional associations 


  • Graduate level teaching experience
  • Advanced certification in discipline specialty or online education
  • Experience teaching in a concept-based curriculum 

Work Environment

  • Work involves operation of personal commuter equipment for 6-8 hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting, including mobility within an office
  • Use of technology, software and program, including but not limited to Microsoft Office 365, campus management system (People Soft), learning management system (Blackboard), and audiovisual equipment
  • Timely management and response to electronic correspondence from peers, administrators, and other school officials is imperative
  • Position requires some in-person attendance at campus and college events, and other meetings determined to require a physical presence.

Travel related expenses are the responsibility of the employee. 

Final: CNHS & HR Feb. 2 2021

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