Learner Success FlexPath Faculty - School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Job description

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2019-01-15
Req: R06158
Capella University is currently hiring for online part time faculty to teach in our Learner Success Flex Path program. The Flex Path structure is a competency-based program in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, working across the health sciences fields, inclusive of nursing, public health, and health care administration.

Flexpath Courses (competency course structure): FlexPath is a self-paced, competency-based learning format. The course work is designed around specific knowledge and skills (competencies) expected of the degree and required for workplace success. Learners complete this work on their own schedule, at their own pace.
After learners complete a series of competency assessments based on specific skills required for workplace success, the faculty provides an evaluation based on specific criteria along with substantive feedback on the demonstration of the competencies represented in each assignment within 48 hours.

Capella University seeks out faculty who combine top academic credentials with working or practitioner experience in the fields they teach. Our faculty provide a variety of educational opportunities to our degree and certificate learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as accreditation standards. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through practice in the discipline or outside scholarly activities.

Essential Duties

Primary responsibilities of our faculty include:

  • Teaching (online), demonstrating knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, to include learning contracts, collaborative learning, and active learning strategies  
  • Building an online community conducive to the spirit of learning and continuous improvement in a positive, learner-focused environment 
  • Assessing learning through feedback, coaching, and interpersonal skills
  • Making a positive impact on learner retention and persistence
  • Contributing to curriculum and course development.

Other faculty activities may include:

  • Faculty staff meetings
  • Specialized responsibilities or coordinating functions within departments

Part-Time Faculty:
Part-time faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis.   Only part-time faculty members may participate in Flex Path, Mentoring or Committee work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters.
All  faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid faculty development course as a pre-requisite for employment.  This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella.

Job Skills

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Each faculty member will have a workload that varies based upon his/her expertise and the needs of the graduate nursing programs. Following are the accountabilities expected for faculty in the primary areas of responsibility:
  • Course Participation: Provides expertise in subject matter; facilitates course engagement and ensures active participation among learners; responds to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours; assesses learner assignments and engagement; provides appropriate feedback, coaching and reinforcement of effective critical thinking; reports at risk learners to appropriate school staff; encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms; provide innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective; adheres to quality standards and defines quality at course level in line with departmental and university norms.
  • Curriculum Development: Participates in the design and development of courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities and evaluation tools. Ensures sensitivity to race, gender and disability in curriculum design, course content and study materials
  • School Governance and Faculty Committees: Actively participates in appropriate school and university committees and councils
  • Virtual attendance at faculty meetings, Capella-sponsored faculty development offerings, and other events is required.
  • Infrequent travel to attend commencement and other major events may be requested, but not required.

Variety and Complexity of Work Expected:

  • Developing course content, translating subject matter and facilitating complex learning in a web- based environment
  • Resolving learner/academic focused problems relative to achievement of academic goals; requires independent judgment and decision making
  • Responsibilities are generally not prescribed and have broad parameters that will lead to the mastery of the subject matter and application or practice of learned proficiencies in the professional field
  • Positively impacts learner retention and persistence
  • Acts under general guidance and collegial consultation regarding development of course content and providing constructive input regarding university practices

Work Experience

  • Prefer 3 or more years teaching in health care related fields at the doctoral level: online higher education teaching experience desired.
  • Experience in design, development and improvement of first course curriculum and assessments in online environment.
  • Experience that demonstrates an understanding of the specific needs of the non-traditional adult learner. 
  • Relevant practice experience in the field of health administration, public health or nursing
  • Demonstrated leadership acumen in academic.
  • Experience in promoting best practices that add value (increasing learner success, team morale and dedication: fostering an environment of engagement, recognition, and working cross-functionally or cross-school to share best practices.  


  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required.  Doctorate preferred in health administration (PhD or DHA), public health (PhD or DrPH) or nursing (PhD or DNP), but ca be in a closely related field. 
  • Candidate must have also earned a masters’ from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Candidates in the discipline of nursing must hold an active, unencumbered RN license in at least one U.S. jurisdiction. 

Certificates, licenses and registrations


  • Must be able to travel 0-10% of time.
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Typical office setting.
  • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.
  • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.
  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant
  • Access information using a computer.
  • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.
  • Effectively cope with stressful situations
  • Strong mental acuity
  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.
  • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete our application process, please contact our Human Resources Department at [email protected]




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Posted: 5/30/2019
Application Due: 8/29/2019
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