Section Instructor - Advanced Pharmacology
Remote - National
Simmons University is currently looking for a Section Instructor to join our online faculty within the FNP program, to teach our Advanced Pharmacology class (NURP 424).
The Section Instructor is the faculty responsible for the success of students taking an online course under their supervision, according to prescribed program objectives and master course syllabi. Each online Section Instructor must be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for the specific course that they are assigned to teach, maintain expertise in the subject area, and support student success. A Section Instructor is required to work with the faculty course Coordinator throughout their teaching experience.
Section Instructors report to the Course Coordinator of the assigned Nursing@Simmons course.
Simmons University Adjunct Section Instructors are hired on a term by term basis, based on the needs of the program in each term. Term contracts run for 14 weeks. Each year there are terms that begin in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Students typically take classes on a January term/May term/ September term rotation or a March term/July term/November term rotation
Each term we hold one to three 2-hour live lectures per week, based on the number of student enrolled in the class. Students will be assigned to a specific instructor for their asynchronous work and grading, but they will be free to attend any of the 1 - 3 lectures offered each week. Each of the live lectures scheduled throughout the term will be divided up between the Section Instructors teaching in the term. Often, lectures are divided up based on the strengths of each instructor and the content that will be lectured upon in a given week, which means some weeks a Section Instructor may deliver all of the lectures, and not lecture at all during other weeks. In keeping with the needs of this system, we are looking for an instructor that is generally available for all of the sync times in one or both of the below rotations:
January Term/ May Term/ September Term Rotation
Tuesdays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST & Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm EST & Sundays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
March Term/ July Term/ November Term Rotation
Thursdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm EST & Sundays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Please note, the Section Instructor will not be available for all of these lectures in a given term, but will need the flexibility to teach during any of the section times offered in that term.
Additional Information about the online Section Instructor position:
Nursing@Simmons features live synchronous instruction providing professor and student interaction through video- conferencing, complemented by high-quality, asynchronous self-paced online content. Included in the program, each student participates in a comprehensive field placement clinical program in or near their own community. Students learn from expert faculty who practice what they teach and gain hands-on experience through clinical placements near their own community. Note: finding clinical placements for students are not part of faculty responsibilities.
Courses meet weekly and/or as scheduled. The face-to-face interactions are blended with technology for an enhanced learning environment. This dynamic program is delivered in a state of the art robust and user-friendly learning management system (including interactive classes through webinars, online discussions and online assignments and grading).
The Section Instructor is responsible for the success of students taking the online course under their supervision, in accordance with program objectives and course syllabi. Each Section Instructor should be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for the specific course that they are assigned to teach, and maintain expertise in the subject area. The Section Instructor will support student success by all means that are necessary, appropriate, and available. The Section Instructor will actively monitor and track individual student progress and provide mediation and direction as needed.
All Nursing@Simmons courses are taught from an approved Master Course. Course Coordinators together with the academic team and the instructional design team will have determined the course syllabus, assignments and the required text(s) for each course. The Master Course is designed in a delivery format that is student-centered, media-rich and objective-driven. It is geared for reusability and emphasis is placed on consistency of content, scope and rigor, implementation of best practices and outcomes- based learning approaches. The Master Course will be provided to all Section Instructors. Simmons values the disciplinary competency faculty bring to the course and to students through feedback and insight provided. Any course modifications must be discussed with and approved by the appropriate Course Lead prior to implementation.
Section Instructors use their experience and knowledge to help the students meet the master course objectives. Section Instructors have the option to incorporate supplementary materials in their sections such as free online web sources and within weekly announcements. Web based materials and resources can often add richness to a section and are free for the student. It is expected a Section Instructor will spend approximately 8-12 hours a week (depending on course) in this role as follows:
- Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned course schedule
- Assume responsibility for the academic supervision and teaching of the online students registered for the term as outlined by the Course Coordinator
- Actively participate in meetings and activities scheduled by the Course Coordinator to prepare the Section Instructors on course content and weekly course objectives
- Provide full coverage for all assigned synchronous sessions/live sessions
- Participate in and lead asynchronous discussions and didactic sessions, as outlined by the Course Coordinator
- Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process, including but not limited to threaded class discussions, outside assignments/projects, research, enrichment activities, etc.
- Maintain and evaluate records of student's academic and/or clinical performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the University
- Consult with students about their clinical performance at midterm and end of semester, or as needed by phone or video conference
- Maintain all administrative/academic components of the course section, including grading of assignments, exams and appropriate clinical activities
- Maintain communication, both online and virtual/in person if possible and desired, with Course Coordinator on a regular basis regarding course and student-related performance, problems and concerns
- Provide regular, accurate, and timely student-specific assistance, feedback and support to students relative to their performance
- Respond in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions within one to two business days
- Foster and encourage an online culture of learning that values mutual responsibility, life-long learning, diversity, and ethics as well as personal and professional development
- Host office hours and/or individual student meetings
- May serve as tutor or hold study sessions with students
- May assist in developing standardized exam questions for assigned course(s)
- MSN Required, must be a currently practicing NP, FNP strongly preferred
- At least 2+ years clinical and nursing education experience required
- Graduate level teaching experience preferred
- Online teaching exposure/experience preferred
- Ability to obtain/maintain a Registered Nurse license in MA for clinically related courses
Adjunct Faculty are required to provide their own hardware (PC or Mac Computer), software, and internet access to facilitate the online courses at Simmons University. Simmons University is not responsible for the purchase, upgrade, or maintenance of online instructor's telephone, computer and Internet service. Required software for courses will be provided at no additional cost to the instructor. The following are the recommended specifications for Section Instructors:
- Wired high-speed internet connection (8Mbps download & 3Mbps upload minimum speeds)
- Full-powered laptop or desktop computer that is less than 3 years old (not a netbook or tablet)
- Up-to-date operating system (old operating systems such as Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 are NOT supported)
- Webcam (laptops with integrated webcams usually work very well)
- Phone (need excellent reception where you plan to teach if using a mobile phone)
- Headset for your phone (be sure the headset includes a microphone)
Note: Simmons University will consult with Section Instructors to help determine if their technology is compatible.
The online courses and materials relating hereto, in whatever form, offered by Simmons University are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Simmons University. All models, curricula, programs, materials and systems designed or developed by faculty engaged by Simmons University in connection with the teaching such courses shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Simmons University.
Online Instructor Training
Simmons University provides all Section Instructors with tailored training for online and hybrid course delivery models. It is mandatory that all Section Instructors complete the Online Instructor Orientation Course provided by Simmons University prior to starting their first class. The course introduces faculty to the expectations and best instructional practices at Simmons University. The orientation will take approximately 10 to 15 hours to complete with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
Simmons University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The University embraces diversity and defines it to include race, gender, gender identify, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
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