Director of Pre-Nursing Programs and Full Time Instructor

Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

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Category:: Faculty
Department:: Biology
Locations:: Los Angeles, CA
Posted:: Jul 26, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Position ID:: 134232

About Mount Saint Mary's University:

Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.

Mount Saint Mary's University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is thoroughly committed both to providing equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees, and to providing a work environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. The University will not assist applicants with any visa matters. A background check will be required. Applicants must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination of condition of employment.

Job Description:

The Biology Department at Mount Saint Mary's University (Los Angeles) invites applicants with a doctoral degree in the Biological Sciences or Nursing Practice, for a full-time position as Pre-Nursing Programs Director and Instructor. This position acts as the central direct link between the university, faculty and students on a day-to-day basis, coordinating and overseeing all short and long-term academic needs in the Pre-Nursing Programs, including BS.NUR/PRE (Pre-Nur Direct), BS.NUR/PRE FT (Pre-Nursing FastTrack), BS.NUR/PRE (BS.Pre-Nursing) and Online AS.Pre-Health Science. Additionally, this position requires teaching selected lower-division courses in these programs, such as Microbiology, Life Sciences, Anatomy and/or Physiology. Additional teaching roles may occasionally include First Year Seminar, Health Science, courses in the Biology major, and summer bridge courses. The programs' goals is to support and elevate student success in their path to joining the Nursing program or other health-related fields.


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in the Biological Sciences or Nursing Practice and have taught in Pre-Nursing programs for at least 5 years. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in working with first-generation traditionally underserved college freshmen who are on health-care career paths. Other preferred qualifications include involvement in professional development on teaching pedagogy, demonstrated teaching excellence, and experience with working directly with university administrators and support staff. An appreciation of the liberal arts tradition of education and service orientation, as well as experience or interest in contributing to and teaching in a diverse campus environment are required.

Administrative responsibilities include:

  • Generally act as the central administrator, coordinating with University Administration, the Program Assessment Liaison (PAL), Department Chairs, program faculty, and the Nursing Department in active stewardship of the curriculum, and development and implementation of curricular and programmatic revisions resulting from documented needs for adaptation or change.
  • Work with the department chairs (pre-nursing and nursing) in on-going program assessment to ensure that curriculum is aligned with identified, desired and measurable learning outcomes.
  • Develop, implement and monitor with Administration, Department Chairs, and program faculty strategies for ensuring course and curricular continuity BS.NUR/PRE (Pre-Nur Direct), BS.NUR/PRE FT (Pre-Nursing FastTrack), BS.NUR/PRE (BS.Pre-Nursing) and Online AS.Pre-Health Science.
  • Coordinate with MSMU Online staff and faculty to ensure quality and integrity between online and in-class pre-nursing courses.
  • In communication with Academic Advising, Admissions, and Department Chairs, coordinate course and programmatic scheduling.
  • Work with Department Chairs in identifying, selecting, and orienting adjunct faculty to teach program courses. If necessary, meet individually with faculty to ensure they are supported in meeting course and program demands and preparation for program courses.
  • Ensure program faculty recognize and address differences in learning abilities of diverse student population.
  • Act as a central student-faculty interface, in cooperation and coordination with Department Chairs, to address and facilitate the administration of student-faculty issues, in accordance with university policies and procedures.
  • Work with Administration, Nursing faculty, and Pre-Nursing/Pre-Health faculty to help facilitate admissions to pre-TBSN and ADN programs.
  • Attend TBSN faculty meetings, consult with TBSN admissions.
  • Work with student-nurse association (CNSA) to facilitate and coordinate mentorship.

Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Teaching primarily in the Pre-Nursing program, including courses such as Microbiology, Life Sciences, Anatomy and/or Physiology. Additional teaching roles may occasionally include First Year Seminar, Health Science, courses in the Biology major, and summer bridge courses.
  • Active participation in department and university service, including committee service and attendance at department and University meetings.
  • Participation in faculty development opportunities.

Additional Information:

The University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student population and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of learning. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to be a student or to work for the University.

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application review will begin July 26, 2021. Send vita, cover letter describing the applicant's fit with the specific position and university. Course evaluations and (un)official transcripts may be requested if they are not already on file with MSMU. All materials should be sent via Interview Exchange or email to [email protected]

Questions: Please contact Dr. Jen Chotiner, [email protected]



Mount Saint Mary's University is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The Mount is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the Western United States. It is also nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.

MSMU_Doheny2Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the College had its original campus at St. Mary’s Academy at Slauson and Crenshaw Boulevards in downtown LA. After the purchase of property in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1928, the University built its Chalon Campus, which is home to its traditional baccalaureate degree program.

The University’s historic Doheny Campus near downtown LA opened in 1962 on what was once the Doheny Family estate. The campus houses the Mount’s graduate degree programs, associate in arts program, education credential program, and the Weekend College, which offers a baccalaureate degree program to working adults. Many of the other programs at the Doheny Campus are also offered in evening and weekend formats.

The Mount’s academic programs place a strong emphasis on social and ethical values consistent with the Catholic view of compassionate community involvement—both in Southern California and around the world.MSMU_Students2

The University also prides itself on the diversity of its student body and faculty, which includes a wide variety of religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Indeed, this diversity greatly enhances students’ preparation for involvement and leadership in our increasingly complex world.

Since its inception, Mount Saint Mary’s University has granted more than 17,000 degrees.

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