Assistant Professor (Specialization Open)Nursing

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing to begin either February 1, 2024, or September 1, 2024, depending on the availability of the successful candidate.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving 2,000 students, where faculty help equip students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota, and within a short drive to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Mankato metro areas. Learn more at

Department Information: The Department of Nursing fosters the development of nursing professionals who demonstrate the values of excellence, community, justice, service, and faith through cognitive practice, integration of learning, ethical reflection, and intercultural understanding. Gustavus Nursing graduates are distinguished by: synthesis and application of a liberal arts education to provide holistic care; ethical and reflective practice to promote a just and peaceful world; the ability to advocate for the health and wellbeing of all people; and a commitment to lifelong learning, leadership, and service to others.

The Department of Nursing shares in the mission of the College through an innovative and dynamic education that embraces the highest standards of teaching and scholarship. For more information about the department, its faculty, students, and courses, please see the department website at

Things you will do:

Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department.

  • Teach a 6-course equivalent each academic year. In their first year, the successful candidate will receive a reduced teaching assignment of five courses, plus one fully-compensated course release. Primary teaching responsibilities will include Medical Surgical Nursing and one or more of the specialty areas: Maternal Child, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Public Health. This also includes the coordination of clinical faculty for respective clinical components. In addition, this position will contribute to other nursing curriculum courses. The successful candidate will join college and departmental efforts to develop equitable pedagogies and inclusive cultures. This includes, but is not limited to, advising nursing majors and contributing to nursing department assessment, evaluation, and accreditation activities.
  • Help cultivate a welcoming community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We strive to foster an environment where people can be themselves, build community, learn, and grow.
  • Improve your teaching by joining a teaching circle, participating in workshops, applying for an internal teaching development grant, and engaging in conversations about teaching with colleagues across campus.
  • Advance your scholarship by working with undergraduate research assistants, joining a writing retreat, applying for an internal grant, receiving travel funds to present at conferences, receiving help applying for external grants, and making use of our research facilities.
  • Develop professional skills by participating in faculty meetings and committees, attending faculty development days, and taking advantage of the College’s membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

Things you’ll like:

Based on AAUP (American Association of University Professors) and CUPA (College and University Professional Association) data, we offer a starting salary that is competitive with our peer institutions as well as comprehensive benefits that prioritize your personal and financial wellbeing.

  • Medical insurance (which includes access to Nice Healthcare) as well as dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Workplace accommodations for physical or mental health concerns
  • Access to mental health apps
  • Onsite health services
  • Free parking, exercise classes, and use of library and athletic facilities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Daily multifaith sabbath
  • Employer contribution to retirement savings plan (after one year of employment)
  • 1-on-1 financial coaching

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging:


Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in nursing or a related field (PhD, DNP, or EdD) is preferred; but we will consider Master's prepared nurses with either a doctorate in progress (please indicate anticipated completion date if in progress) or who will work toward completion of their doctorate degree during employment. (NOTE: A doctorate degree is required for tenure nomination, usually in the fifth year. Candidates without the earned doctorate will be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be eligible for support through the Gustavus Nursing Faculty Degree Completion Program.)
  • Active registered nurse license (active Minnesota Registered Nurse licensure required at time of appointment)
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Prior experience as a professional nurse relevant to areas of responsibilities
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Experience with nursing program assessment, evaluation, and accreditation activities

How to apply:

Visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the required and preferred position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement in which you describe how your lived experiences and/or activities in primary areas of responsibility (e.g., teaching, scholarship, service, and advising) contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2023. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists may be asked to submit publications, syllabi, and/or student evaluations. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Posted August 23, 2023


Heidi Meyer | | 507-933-6094

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2023

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