We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning and who will help us realize our vision. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.
NURSING: Assistant Professor of Nursing - Mental Health, Clinical or Tenure Track
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Aurora University's School of Nursing seeks qualified candidates for a full time faculty member supporting student learning in the didactic, laboratory and/or clinical setting.
Essential Job Functions:
The function and responsibilities of a Faculty member are specified in the Aurora University Faculty Handbook. In addition, the School of Nursing expects its Faculty members to:
Support the university mission.
Observe all School of Nursing and university policies and practices.
Support School of Nursing mission, goals, and student learning outcomes.
Fulfill the educator’s roles and responsibilities as assigned.
Participate in program development and instructional improvement.
Maintain collegial relationships with the professional community.
Improve professional competence as a nurse, scholar and educator through formal and informal study, research, and participation in professional and educational activities.
Participate in student recruitment, retention, and advisement.
Participate in the governance of the unit.
Uphold the provisions of the contractual obligations with affiliating clinical agencies; if teaching in the clinical setting.
Maintain official records, student documents and course materials in School of Nursing files.
Contribute to the continual improvement of the curriculum and the program.
In addition to the above, Faculty members are expected to:
Participate in pre-school-year and end-of-year workshop events.
Assigned Course Workload
Teach assigned courses
Participate in the course planning, implementation
Submit course evaluation to Course Coordinator
Serve on committees in the School of Nursing.
Attend Convocation, University Graduation, and School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony.
Provide academic counseling and professional mentoring to assigned students utilizing the General Education program plan and guidelines from the Academic Advisement Office.
Actively engage in oral and written review and revision of the curriculum.
Prepare and submit documents which support the operations of the School of Nursing:
At the beginning of each semester, post office hours (minimum of 5 each week) notifying students of availability.
Annual Performance Review (APR) per AU Faculty Handbook
Gather evaluative data about personal performance.
Report data in APR.
Submit final grades to Office of Registrar and provide grade books for all courses taught to AU SON Administrative Assistant.
Submit the following for record in student files:
Academic Warnings (absences, tardies, course or exam failing grades)
Material resource, textbook/library, and audiovisual requests and acquisitions.
Maintain proficiency in the university’s electronic course management system.
During each term, Faculty members are expected to:
Confer with appropriate coordinators as needed.
Continually update course: articles, handouts, audio visuals, etc.
Gather evaluative data related to texts, syllabus, organization, teaching aides, clinical, and lab facilities.
Wear the Aurora University School of Nursing name pin in clinical areas and additional identification required and provided by the agency.
Submit final course grades and gradebook to WebAdvisor in a timely fashion without prompting.
All course, clinical and lab grades must be submitted for each student via WebAdvisor no later than the first Tuesday following the last final exam date by 12:00 noon or as directed by the Registrar’s office.
Prepare course report and give to Course Coordinator who compiles report and submits to the Chair.
The successful candidate's responsibilities will include teaching, service and scholarship as a tenure-track or clinical-track faculty in the BSN nursing program on the Aurora campus. Above all, the position requires demonstrated teaching effectiveness and a strong commitment to student learning.
Essential Job Requirements:
Education: An earned Master’s Degree in Nursing (Doctoral degree preferred)
Experience: Have recent experience and demonstrate expertise in mental health nursing. Additional clinical experience is desired. Previous teaching experience preferred.
Skills: Have an understanding of and possess excellent teaching skills. Strong communication (written and verbal) are essential. The candidate must hold an unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the State of Illinois by the date of hire. Certification in a clinical area of nursing is desirable.
Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, moving about campus and other locations, computer use, technology use.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.