Chair, Department of Nursing

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Chair, Department of Nursing
Position Type Faculty
School School of Science, Engineering and Health
Department Department of Nursing (2038)
Discipline Nursing, department chair
Level Undergraduate
Time Status Full-Time
Campus Main Campus (Grantham)

Position Description

Position Summary

The Department of Nursing in the School of Science, Engineering and Health at Messiah College invites applications for a full-time/term-tenure track or clinical track department chair position beginning August 2018.


• Departmental leadership (Chairperson):
The Department Chairperson is responsible for the academic leadership and administration of the department. This administrative role is expected to constitute 75% of weekly responsibilities for 10 months of the year, with limited summer obligations.
• Teaching:
The position includes 6 credits of teaching annually (typically 1 course each in fall/spring). Opportunities exist for teaching in the graduate nursing program. The faculty member will also serve as academic advisor to students in the department.
• Scholarship:
The successful candidate will be an active learner and scholar in his or her discipline and will have a significant record of contributing to the body of knowledge and best practice in relevant fields.
• Institutional Service:
College governance, academic and cocurricular involvement with students, participation in recruitment activities and related work that serves the institution.


• Doctoral degree, PhD, EdD or DNP degree, required.
• Administrative experience, including experience with CCNE accreditation.
• Candidates must evidence a record of strong classroom teaching.

Messiah College selects its educators for their Christian commitment as well as their proven teaching ability. They are outstanding teachers, scholars, authors, and experts in their fields.

The Program

Messiah College’s Department of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including:
MSN – Nursing Educator track
• Post baccalaureate DNP/FNP
The program enjoys a reputation for high quality classroom and clinical instruction producing well-prepared graduates who are preferred for hire in local and regional health care institutions.

The Department

A majority of full-time faculty are doctorally prepared and energetically seek innovative scholarship opportunities in practice and teaching. Simulation laboratories include advanced simulation with medium and high-fidelity human simulators. Students also have opportunities for cross cultural experiences and development of intercultural competency is encouraged. Faculty are committed to the integration of Christian faith in the practice of the nursing profession. The undergraduate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; the newly developed DNP/FNP program will undertake accreditation in 2020.

The College

Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of approximately 2,800 undergraduate students including 13.9% of under-represented and 5.0% international students from 32 countries and over 600 graduate students including 11.8% of students from under-represented populations.

The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.


The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

Starting Date for Position 08/01/2018

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of interest indicating areas of specialization, curriculum vitae, three personal statements on your faith, teaching philosophy, and the college mission, a copy of official transcripts, three reference letters and a completed faculty application.

Vitae Instructions to Applicants

Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline
Quicklink for Posting

Reference Requests

Applicants will submit the name and e-mail address for the number of referees listed below. Referees will receive an e-mail notifying them to upload a confidential letter via the provided URL.

Reference Request Details

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 3
Last Day Referee Can Submit Reference
Referee Reminded After How Many Days 3

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. College/University Transcript(s)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Personal Statement - Faith
  5. Personal Statement - Teaching
  6. Personal Statement – College Mission
Optional Documents