Chair of Graduate and Second Degree Nursing Programs - Methodist College

UnityPoint Health

Nursing Full Time

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Position Description:
The Chair of Graduate and Second Degree Nursing assists the Dean of Nursing with the administrative functions of the graduate and second degree nursing programs. The Chair of Graduate and Second Degree Nursing provides administrative leadership in areas of curriculum development, institutional assessment and improvement, human resources, faculty development, performance appraisals, and budget and finance. The Chair of Graduate and Second Degree Nursing oversees the day-to-day instruction by faculty. The Chair of Graduate and Second Degree Nursing has the responsibility for assisting in developing and implementing strategies to promote high quality graduate and second-degree nursing degree programs.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

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Teaching Assignment

  • The Department Chair role is a faculty role. The position is responsible for a 50% teaching load, including six (6) semester credit hours each semester (fall, spring, or associated Winterim or other special semesters). With approval, and in cases where enrollment is assured, the Department Chair may seek approval to teach up to three (3) credits in the summer or other special semester, thus lightening the load during one or more of the regular semesters. A lesser teaching load may be approved by the Dean in collaboration with the Provost to accommodate special assignments with justification (e.g. grant funding, etc.)



  • Participates in the interview process and, with the search committee, makes hiring recommendations to the Dean of Nursing.
  • Develops, mentors, and evaluates graduate and second-degree faculty in the nursing division, and collaborates with the Chair of Undergraduate Nursing Programs with regard to faculty who are teaching across both curricula.
  • Assures alignment of teaching assignments with faculty qualifications as required by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Mentors graduate and second-degree faculty to use enterprise academic systems effectively (e.g. CAMS, D2L, Examsoft)
  • Guides graduate and second-degree faculty and students to use support services effectively, including Academic Support Services, Office of Access, Support, and Inclusion Services, Information Technology, and other services as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Dean, develops the operational, personnel, and capital budgets for the Nursing Division in collaboration with faculty; assures alignment of resources with strategic plan; monitors expenditures to maintain operations within planned budget.
  • Prepares schedule of graduate and second degree courses to be offered in the fall, spring, summer, and special semesters to meet the progression requirements of nursing majors. Collaborates with the faculty and the Chair for the Undergraduate, in developing the schedule for delivery of graduate and second-degree Nursing courses.
  • Develops goals for student recruitment, a comprehensive plan for recruitment of graduate and second-degree students in collaboration with the marketing and recruitment team, implements the recruitment plan, and measures effectiveness of the plan in growing the student enrollment.
  • Assures engagement of faculty with student recruitment and orientation programming in collaboration the recruitment and admissions teams, assuring attendance at events in accordance with faculty and staff responsibilities
  • Engages with the health care community and faculty to plan, develop, implement and evaluate student learning experiences, particularly service learning experiences.


Faculty Leadership

  • Provides leadership, mentorship, and performance reviews for the Graduate and Second-Degree Nursing faculty
  • Engages graduate and second-degree faculty in the development of new curricula or in revision of existing graduate curricula to meet the mission and vision of the college. Monitors the requirements for all graduate programs. Collaborates with the Chair of Undergraduate Nursing Programs to review and revise undergraduate curricula.
  • Leads strategic planning initiatives for the graduate nursing programs, assuring progress toward the existing strategic plan. Works collaboratively with the Chair of Undergraduate Nursing Programs to assure progress towards the strategic plan.
  • Collaborates with the leadership of the faculty organization to enact shared governance that provides a partnership between faculty and administration
  • Collaborates with the faculty to examine outcomes in relation to the nursing graduate and undergraduate program evaluation plans for the purpose of strengthening the program outcomes.
  • Oversee practicum development and site selection with the faculty
  • Schedules students in units and community sites for clinical learning operations. Evaluates clinical grading and clinical feedback
  • Serves on the Peoria Educators in Nursing Scheduling (PENS) to represent the needs of the nursing programs of Methodist College and to assign clinical spaces in the UnityPoint Health hospitals and clinics to the area nursing programs.
  • Requests students’ access to EPIC and Omnicell through ServiceNow


Teamwork and alignment with mission, vision and values

  • Is an engaged and active member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team and the Senior Leadership Team, serving as a conduit for communication and information.
  • Fosters collaborative teamwork among constituents of Methodist College to support the mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Guide development of new programs/courses to support the strategic plan
  • Collaborates with Student Clerk and Dean of Nursing to notify students and faculty of student health record delinquencies



  • Assures current knowledge of, and compliance with, Higher Learning Commission, Department of Education, Illinois Department of Higher Education, Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation, and program specific accreditation and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation, aligning graduate curricula and faculty assignments with guidelines and requirements.
  • Guides graduate and second degree faculty to assure student management in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and Title IX clinical accommodations, within Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Guidelines, and in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Develops and revises Methodist College policies; assures that faculty and staff are aware of policies and that they are enacted/upheld.
  • Incorporates changes to curricula, courses, and/or policies in the MC Graduate Catalog/MC Undergraduate Catalog/Student Handbook for Nursing


Basic UPH Methodist College Performance Criteria

  • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
  • Demonstrates the Methodist College Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
  • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
  • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
  • Practices and reflects knowledge of FERPA with respect to protecting the privacy of student education records.
  • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
  • Is knowledgeable of college compliance requirements. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of leaders. Takes appropriate action on concerns related to compliance.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


  • Master’s in Nursing
  • Earned Doctorate in Nursing or a related field (e.g. higher education administration, health professions/health science, or a related field)


  • Three years of leadership experience in academia (e.g. department head, program director, or program coordinator, substantive experience in faculty shared governance or other related leadership experience in higher education, such as managing large federal grants)
  • Five years of experience in Higher Education in nursing

  • Five years of leadership experience in academia (e.g. department head, program director, or program coordinator)


  • Current unrestricted license as a registered nurse in Illinois or be eligible for such. If a current unrestricted license is not held, one must be obtained within 90 days.
  • NLN Certified Nurse Educator
  • CPR and Basic First Aid


  • Extensive written and verbal communication across divisions and across staff hierarchy
  • Knowledge of shared governance systems
  • Assessment of student learning outcomes and core curriculum requirements
  • Manage competing priorities in a time sensitive manner with timeline expectations and accountability
  • Experience in human resources management at the departmental level
  • Experience in pedagogical practices that facilitate student engagement and success in learning; such as online learning and curriculum design
  • Promotes an academic environment of professional growth, accountability, and success.
  • Knowledge of nursing content to support teaching assignment
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and regulatory requirements

  • Knowledge of enterprise systems (Learning Management Systems, Student Management Systems, etc.) in the academic environment
  • Knowledge of strategic planning process and plan implementation
  • Knowledge of Higher Learning Commission and Association of University Programs in Health Administration requirements for faculty, curricula, assessment of student learning, shared governance, and resource management
  • Ability to align course offerings with enrollment needs, space availability, student preferences, faculty qualifications, and capacity for content delivery
  • Experience developing and managing budgets within the confines of a fiscal accounting system


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.